Legal assistance – CCBA LA http://ccba-la.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 01:10:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ccba-la.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.jpg Legal assistance – CCBA LA http://ccba-la.org/ 32 32 Immigration Lawyer at Medlin Law Firm offers personalized legal assistance in Fort Worth, TX https://ccba-la.org/immigration-lawyer-at-medlin-law-firm-offers-personalized-legal-assistance-in-fort-worth-tx/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:38:29 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/immigration-lawyer-at-medlin-law-firm-offers-personalized-legal-assistance-in-fort-worth-tx/ Fort Worth, TX: Each year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) receives thousands of applicants from people interested in starting a new life in the United States. Unfortunately, the agency only approves a fraction due to different factors. The inability to navigate complicated processes is one of the main factors that cause many immigrants to […]]]>

Fort Worth, TX: Each year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) receives thousands of applicants from people interested in starting a new life in the United States. Unfortunately, the agency only approves a fraction due to different factors. The inability to navigate complicated processes is one of the main factors that cause many immigrants to miss their chance to acquire legal status.

The immigration attorney at Medlin Law Firm in Fort Worth helps such individuals navigate the processes to obtain immigration benefits such as green cards and citizenship. With their attorney’s experience and deep understanding of immigration laws, they know what to avoid during and after the application, and how to maximize the client’s chances of obtaining legal status.

Fort Worth Immigration Lawyer provides legal representation for clients with immigration issues. The law firm offers multilingual, competent and innovative solutions, regardless of the problem to be solved or the client’s residence or place of business. They also increase the possibility of a favorable outcome by using their ambitious and assertive intellectual style.

Additionally, the firm’s visa attorney in Fort Worth helps immigrants and USCIS applicants understand their rights and ways to protect their interests while seeking immigration status. As in other first world jurisdictions, immigration laws in the United States are constantly changing, creating a huge knowledge gap among those interested in becoming immigrants or legal residents. Fortunately, the law firm Medlin is dedicated to filling these gaps with up-to-date information.

Additionally, the law firm Medlin offers legal services to clients facing DWI charges. To defend the interests of the client, they explore all available techniques, such as evaluating the prosecutor’s case and verifying whether the police followed all protocols and procedures during the arrest. Through the hands-on approach, the law firm has helped thousands of people in Tarrant County and across Texas.

The law firm also represents people charged with violent crimes, drug and weapons possession and felonies. Considering that the conviction of a crime has a huge impact on the life of the accused, even after serving a prison sentence, the firm offers them the best defense possible. They explore all angles of the case to challenge the charges and convince the court of the client’s innocence.

Before building a custom defense, The Medlin Law Firm offers a free evaluation. To request a case assessment, the respondent must provide contact information such as name, email address, phone number and case-specific details. And for clarity, the team uses the customer’s preferred language. Currently, the company has staff fluent in the main languages, namely English, Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian.

Medlin Law Firm is located at 1300 S University Dr #318, Fort Worth, TX, 76107, USA. Clients interested in the services of an immigration attorney can contact the firm at (682) 204-4066. Visit the website for more information.

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ASEAN works on common mutual legal assistance framework to protect citizens and businesses https://ccba-la.org/asean-works-on-common-mutual-legal-assistance-framework-to-protect-citizens-and-businesses/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 04:01:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/asean-works-on-common-mutual-legal-assistance-framework-to-protect-citizens-and-businesses/ VIETNAM, November 18 – HÀ NỘI — A common framework for mutual legal assistance, in line with international standards and with strong legal feasibility, will help protect the rights and interests of ASEAN citizens and businesses, wherever they are, by particularly the most vulnerable groups, officials said. The ASEAN Legal Forum will be an opportunity […]]]>

VIETNAM, November 18 –

HÀ NỘI — A common framework for mutual legal assistance, in line with international standards and with strong legal feasibility, will help protect the rights and interests of ASEAN citizens and businesses, wherever they are, by particularly the most vulnerable groups, officials said.

The ASEAN Legal Forum will be an opportunity for ASEAN countries to exchange, discuss and share best practices and experiences in mutual legal assistance in civil and commercial matters, which will greatly benefit citizens. of ASEAN, they said.

Speaking at the ASEAN Legal Forum on the Implementation of Mutual Legal Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters within the framework of the Hague Conference on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Justice Nguyễn Khánh Ngọc said that Integration within ASEAN and between ASEAN and other countries is constantly expanding, bringing about an increase in foreign-related business.

The ASEAN Legal Forum will help ASEAN countries work together, improve understanding and knowledge, solve problems and further promote cooperation between countries.

Ngọc said that over the past ten years, Việt Nam has participated in the Hague Conference on International Justice in 2013, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption in 2012, the Hague Convention on Overseas Justice and Extrajudicial Acts in Civil and Commercial Matters in 2016, and the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters commercial in 2020.

The country has also signed 18 mutual legal assistance agreements in bilateral civil and commercial matters with other countries.

In addition, Việt Nam has also strengthened research and consulted many countries to develop and perfect international justice law, and improve the training of law students and jurists and magistrates on contemporary international justice topics.

These efforts have helped the country effectively handle civil and commercial cases involving foreign elements, he said.

Ngọc said that through this forum, ASEAN countries will have more useful information to brainstorm together, discuss ways to promote and strengthen cooperation in international justice, mutual legal assistance in global and regional scale within ASEAN, as well as improving its international legal framework.

Ramla Khalidi, UNDP Resident Representative in Việt Nam, said that more and more Vietnamese and ASEAN citizens are traveling the world, living and working abroad, marrying foreigners, having children born in abroad and buy property or change marital status in another country.

Many Vietnamese and ASEAN companies engage in trade, investment and other activities that go beyond national borders.

Although all of these events are recorded in legal documents issued by the countries where the events took place, this can create a web of complications when disputes take place or cross-border legal issues arise.

“If these situations are not resolved, the protection of the legitimate rights and interests of those involved can be put at risk, often with a disproportionate impact on the lives of women, children and the most vulnerable,” she stressed. .

Ramla Khalidi said that as an active member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and two of the Hague Conventions, Việt Nam has seen the benefits of a common international framework on mutual legal assistance.

She expressed the hope that Việt Nam and other countries will share their experience with other ASEAN members under this legal forum, providing their unique and valuable insights in this field.

Ramla Khalidi also noted that UNDP Việt Nam has worked with the Ministry of Justice to implement a series of studies on legal assistance over the past three years, such as the implementation of the Law on legal assistance in civil matters with a view to guaranteeing the rights of women and children (in 2020); a research on international experiences in mutual legal assistance in civil matters (in 2021) and a field survey on mutual legal assistance activities, analyzing the challenges of the first two reports at the local level (in 2022).

As part of the studies, the organization found that women and children are among the most vulnerable groups.

Sixty to eighty percent of mutual legal assistance requests sent or received by Việt Nam are related to matrimonial or family matters. In divorce and custody cases, women and children encounter difficulties while waiting for the competent authorities to process their claims. In some cases, children have been denied health care benefits because they were unable to obtain birth certificates.

It also revealed that technology plays a very important role in improving the efficiency of processing mutual legal assistance requests.

The need to innovate and digitize mutual legal assistance services is even more pressing for commercial disputes in this era of increasing globalization of commerce and e-commerce. The timely provision of legal evidence by the authority of one country to the court of another country would ensure prompt justice for disputing parties in cross-border trade disputes.

Việt Nam and the ASEAN region should seize the opportunity to accelerate their transition to a citizen-centric and inclusive digital age, she said. —VNS

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Proposal for Free Legal Assistance to Uniformed Personnel Approved at Committee Level – Manila Bulletin https://ccba-la.org/proposal-for-free-legal-assistance-to-uniformed-personnel-approved-at-committee-level-manila-bulletin/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 11:06:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/proposal-for-free-legal-assistance-to-uniformed-personnel-approved-at-committee-level-manila-bulletin/ Another priority measure of the Marcos administration was approved at the committee level on Wednesday, November 16. (Ellson Quismorio/ MANILA BULLETIN) Approved “in principle” by the Houses’ Justice, Public Order and Security, and National Defense and Security Committees on Wednesday, the proposal for free legal assistance to government uniformed personnel facing charges resulting from an […]]]>

Another priority measure of the Marcos administration was approved at the committee level on Wednesday, November 16.

(Ellson Quismorio/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Approved “in principle” by the Houses’ Justice, Public Order and Security, and National Defense and Security Committees on Wednesday, the proposal for free legal assistance to government uniformed personnel facing charges resulting from an incident related to the performance of official duty.

During the joint hearing, the three House panels passed a motion to consolidate a total of 10 measures providing free legal assistance to uniformed personnel.

These 10 measures were House Bill (HB) Nos. 8, 1259, 1755, 1901, 2192, 2909, 4193, 4626, 4805 and 5193.

The resulting replacement bill and committee report will then be approved by the plenary of the House.

The measure covers uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Prisons Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG ) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

It is one of 30 bills in the Common Legislative Program (CLA) of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).

Tingog Party List Representative Jude Acidre in his endorsement speech said government uniformed personnel put their lives at risk daily so that people can enjoy the peace and order provided by the law.
“However, in the line of duty, a number of these personnel are sometimes accused of harassment, human rights violations and other charges,” Acidre said.

“It is in this context that we would like to introduce HB No.8, which provides free legal assistance for uniformed personnel resulting from an incident related to the performance of official duties.”

House Speaker Martin Romualdez and Tingog Party List Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez were also authors of HB #8.

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Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen pleads for legal assistance in handwritten letter https://ccba-la.org/delphi-murder-suspect-richard-allen-pleads-for-legal-assistance-in-handwritten-letter/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/delphi-murder-suspect-richard-allen-pleads-for-legal-assistance-in-handwritten-letter/ The Indiana man accused of the 2017 murders of Abby Williams and Libby German is asking the court for financial assistance. Richard Allen, 50, wrote a letter to the court “praying” for affordable legal representation, according to court records obtained by multiple local news outlets, including Fox Indianapolis affiliate WXIN and WISH-TV. A court stamp […]]]>

The Indiana man accused of the 2017 murders of Abby Williams and Libby German is asking the court for financial assistance.

Richard Allen, 50, wrote a letter to the court “praying” for affordable legal representation, according to court records obtained by multiple local news outlets, including Fox Indianapolis affiliate WXIN and WISH-TV. A court stamp shows the letter was filed Wednesday with Carroll Circuit Court.

“In the matter listed above, I, Richard M. Allen, hereby throw myself at the mercy of the court,” the former CVS employee said. “I pray that I will be provided[d] with legal assistance [sic] a public defender or other available help.

Allen is a suspect in the murder of teenage friends Williams, 13, and German, 14, who disappeared from a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana, on Feb. 13, 2017, while enjoying a a day off from school. Their bodies were found in a wooded area the following day – a cause of death has not been shared with the public.

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The case received national coverage after investigators released an audio and video clip from German’s phone showing a man – believed to be their killer – walking in their direction as they disappeared. You could hear the man say “down the hill”.

Investigators have so far remained tight-lipped about how Allen is related to the girls since news of his arrest on Oct. 28, and a probable cause statement remains sealed.

In his first court appearance, Allen told Carroll Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Diener—before Diener recused himself—that he intended to find his own legal representation.

A police document from Richard Allen

Richard Allen Photo: Indiana State Police

“However, at the time, I had no idea how much it would cost to speak to someone,” Allen wrote. “I also had no idea what the immediate financial situation of my wife and I would be.”

Allen said he and his wife “were both forced out of their jobs immediately”, citing safety concerns for his wife. He also claimed that she had to leave their home.

“What little reserve there is won’t even be able to maintain the original residence,” Allen said.

A police document from Jeremy Scott

A police document from Jeremy Scott

Since his arrest, Allen has been transported between several prisons to protect him from the public. He was first held in Carroll County Jail before being moved to White County Jail (listed as Allen’s return address in his recent letter).

Allen has since been moved to an undisclosed public facility, according to WXIN.

“Once again, I throw myself at the mercy of the court. Please provide me [with] whatever help you can,” Allen finished the letter. “Thank you for your time in this most urgent matter.”

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A hearing was scheduled for November 22 to determine whether or not the indictment documents would be made public. However, according to WISH-TV, the hearing faces a possible date change as Judge Diener, who had scheduled the hearing, recused himself on November 3, the same day he authorized Allen’s transfer. in state custody. Diener cited “the public’s bloodlust for information” and concerns for his own safety as reasons for his recusal.

Last week, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed Allen County Superior Judge Fran Gull to preside over the case.

Allen has pleaded not guilty to the murders of Williams and German.

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Step up to serve veterans with pro bono legal assistance https://ccba-la.org/step-up-to-serve-veterans-with-pro-bono-legal-assistance/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 19:44:12 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/step-up-to-serve-veterans-with-pro-bono-legal-assistance/ Photo courtesy of PLI. United States military veterans are eligible for a variety of medical, housing, and financial benefits, but the system can be complex and difficult to navigate. Of the more than 18 million veterans nationwide, many are unaware of all the benefits they are entitled to from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) […]]]>

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United States military veterans are eligible for a variety of medical, housing, and financial benefits, but the system can be complex and difficult to navigate. Of the more than 18 million veterans nationwide, many are unaware of all the benefits they are entitled to from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – and often those who need help the most do not receive help.

This Veterans Day, learn how providing effective pro bono legal representation can be a meaningful and impactful way to give back to those who have served.

“I encourage pro bono work with veteran clients because the opportunity to give back to those who have sacrificed and served our country is personally rewarding,” says Deepa Arora, Pro Bono Manager and Staff Advocate for the association. nonprofit Swords to Plowshares, which serves thousands of homeless people. , low-income, at-risk veterans in the Bay Area.

She adds, “Navigating the laws and administrative processes involved in veterans representation can be a very challenging and intellectually fun experience. Most importantly, pro bono attorneys will have the opportunity to observe the tangible impact their work can have on the health and well-being of veteran clients.

Learn to help

Ready to start? Check out Practicing Law Institute’s Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2022. In this full-day program, available to stream on demand, attendees will learn how to navigate the VA claims process and to become an effective advocate for veterans in need.

Expert professors from Swords at Plowshares, Harvard Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic, Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, and California Office of Access & Inclusion provide an introduction to benefits for veterinarians with disabilities; dive into the three elements of VA Service-Connection with a discussion of injuries characteristic of the most recent conflicts, PTSD and traumatic brain injury; and cover pensions and non-service-related VA claims.

Viewers will also learn how they can help veterans with less than honorable discharges (which may be for unfair or inaccurate reasons), as well as a discussion of military culture, the challenges veterans face when the transition from combat. in their communities, and how trauma-informed and client-centered approaches can help work with this population.

Lawyers interested in defending the interests of veterans should also keep abreast of the PACT Act (Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics). Representing the largest expansion of VA benefits in decades, this legislation, signed by President Biden in August 2022, dramatically expands Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services to those exposed to toxins during military service. The PACT Act has implications for Gulf War, Afghanistan and other post-9/11 veterans, as well as those exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and other toxic hazards.

Demand is great for these benefits: Nearly 113,000 new disability claims have been submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs since the PACT Act was passed, according to the Military Times.

In the PLI One-Hour Briefing The PACT Act: New Benefits for Post-9/11, Gulf War, and Vietnam War Veterans and Their Families, available upon request, Swords to Plowshares professors discuss the law, reviewing the new presumptive conditions and required criteria and outlining benefits for veterans and their survivors. They also provide advocacy advice and procedural information on applying for VA benefits under the new law, examining a case study of a hypothetical pro bono client whose service in Afghanistan qualifies him for these benefits.

Additional PLI resources of interest include:

Racism in the Military: Defending Veterans Who Experienced Race-Based Discrimination and Abuse While in Service

A guide to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for advocates: how to effectively address PTSD in cases involving veterans and others affected by trauma 2022

“Bad Paper” from Pursuing Justice: The Pro Bono Files Podcast

Other Pro Bono Programs for LIP Veterans


Practicing Law Institute is a non-profit learning organization dedicated to keeping lawyers and other professionals at the forefront of knowledge and expertise. PLI is chartered by the Regents of the State University of New York and was founded in 1933 by Harold P. Seligson. The organization offers the highest quality accredited continuing legal and professional education programs in a variety of formats that are taught by more than 4,000 volunteer faculty, including lawyers, judges, investment bankers, accountants , corporate counsel, and US and international government regulators. PLI publishes a comprehensive library of treatises, textbooks, answer books and journals also available through the PLI PLUS online platform. The essence of PLI’s mission is its commitment to the pro bono community. See upcoming PLI programs here.

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Reviews | Why we need to offer legal assistance to displaced people https://ccba-la.org/reviews-why-we-need-to-offer-legal-assistance-to-displaced-people/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 00:09:23 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/reviews-why-we-need-to-offer-legal-assistance-to-displaced-people/ The University of Iowa providing legal services to displaced people is a big step towards promoting human rights. Johnny Jarnagin The office of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights is seen in the Jefferson Building in Iowa City on October 14, 2022 The columns reflect the opinions of the authors and are not […]]]>

The University of Iowa providing legal services to displaced people is a big step towards promoting human rights.

Johnny Jarnagin

The office of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights is seen in the Jefferson Building in Iowa City on October 14, 2022


The columns reflect the opinions of the authors and are not necessarily those of the Editorial Board, The Daily Iowan, or other organizations with which the author may be involved.


More than a year ago, Iowa welcomed hundreds of Afghan immigrants who fled their country after the Taliban took control. With nowhere to go, relocating them is the most humane thing to do.

However, resettlement is an arduous process with a plethora of legal caveats. Thus, the University of Iowa, together with the Drake Refugee Clinic and the Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice, created the Afghan Legal League of Iowa to protect the asylum rights of Afghans.

IU has the resources to help the Afghan refugees, and we should help in every capacity possible.

When the Refugee Act of 1980 was created, it allowed the United States to admit up to 50,000 refugees a year. Additionally, the President had the authority to exceed this number if necessary for humanitarian purposes.

But the process from applying to actually obtaining asylum is difficult and complex, often involving multiple government agencies. The process can take years, even generations, to complete. This leads to some consequential problems.

First, extending the duration of asylum claims could violate a person’s fundamental right to basic necessities, as asylum seekers will often be forced to stay in adverse conditions while waiting for their case to be processed.

Second, a person could be separated from their family for an extended period during the process, adding a psychological element to the suffering one is likely to feel while waiting.

More importantly, protracted cases make it difficult for asylum seekers to find and maintain a pro bono lawyer who can commit to the duration of their case.

Jovana Davidovic, an associate professor in the philosophy department at UI, believes that legal aid is important for asylum, so its absence would be problematic.

“The reason I would say that legal support for asylum seeking refugees is important is because we really want to give them full and justified due process,” Davidovic said. “Getting asylum is a very serious process. The number one privilege you get if you get refugee status is the right to reside somewhere, but it’s still a solid process to be able to practice that, so having representation legal guarantee that you actually have this right.

We need to provide legal services to displaced Afghan immigrants in Iowa. The length of each case can vary, so it is important that legal assistance is available to them for as long as they need it. In this spirit, the creation of the Iowa Afghan Legal League of Iowa is a step in the right direction.

ALL Iowa aims to represent Afghans in their immigration matters while providing legal education to law students interested in the field. This ensures that Afghan immigrants will receive the assistance they need, greatly increasing their chances of successful resettlement here in Iowa.

This will not only benefit the refugees but also the state. Refugees are vital to the economy, as they have statistically high employment rates that would fill needed jobs in Iowa.

The process of seeking and obtaining asylum takes time, so we need to provide legal services to Afghan immigrants who apply. As they have been forcibly displaced by dangerous conditions beyond their control, we have a humanitarian obligation to help them as much as possible.

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Legal Assistance of Windsor gets $1 million to launch new program https://ccba-la.org/legal-assistance-of-windsor-gets-1-million-to-launch-new-program/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 21:07:05 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/legal-assistance-of-windsor-gets-1-million-to-launch-new-program/ Legal Assistance of Windsor is launching a new program called Supporting Survivors of Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault. The group received $1 million in funding from the Victims Fund and Justice Canada’s Justice Partnerships and Innovation Program to launch the program. Over the next four years, a lawyer and social worker will support victims […]]]>

Legal Assistance of Windsor is launching a new program called Supporting Survivors of Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault.

The group received $1 million in funding from the Victims Fund and Justice Canada’s Justice Partnerships and Innovation Program to launch the program.

Over the next four years, a lawyer and social worker will support victims of gender-based violence and sexual assault, and provide trauma-informed legal advice, representation and support in and about the justice system. Canadian justice.

Victims of gender-based violence and sexual assault will have access to independent legal advice and independent legal representation. Additionally, they will receive the services of a social worker who will perform risk assessments, develop safety plans, provide supportive counseling and help navigate the system.

“We are very happy to be able to offer this service at this time. We know there are diverse needs in the community – some survivors need immediate information and guidance, others will need ongoing support throughout their engagement with the family and criminal justice systems, and others will want to explore alternative remedies. We are here to support all of these people,” said Marion Overholt, executive director of Legal Assistance of Windsor.

The project plans to work collaboratively with the criminal justice system and family bar to ensure they fill gaps in the systems.

This LAW project is one of nine clinical projects providing services across Ontario as part of the Your Way Forward initiative.

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Western New England University students offer free legal assistance to small businesses https://ccba-la.org/western-new-england-university-students-offer-free-legal-assistance-to-small-businesses/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 14:40:18 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/western-new-england-university-students-offer-free-legal-assistance-to-small-businesses/ SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Small Business Legal Clinic at Western New England University (WNEU) is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking legal assistance for the spring 2023 semester. Fintech Bootcamp at Western New England University According to a press release sent to WNEU’s 22News, law students assist clients with legal […]]]>

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Small Business Legal Clinic at Western New England University (WNEU) is now accepting applications from entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking legal assistance for the spring 2023 semester.

According to a press release sent to WNEU’s 22News, law students assist clients with legal matters, such as entity selection, employment policies, contract drafting, regulatory compliance, and litigation issues. intellectual property related to trademark applications and copyright. This free service is available to local businesses that may not have the resources to obtain these services.

“The clinic is an excellent resource for entrepreneurs who cannot afford to hire a lawyer,” explained associate clinical professor of law Robert Statchen. “By using the Clinic’s services, businesses can avoid problems by resolving legal issues quickly and correctly. It also provides students with a great opportunity to gain real-world experience.

The Small Business Clinic has helped over 500 small businesses. It was created to provide law students with the opportunity to provide hands-on discussions to entrepreneurs starting new businesses and building existing small businesses within the community.

The Clinic asks small business owners to submit their applications by January 1, 2023. Applications received after this date will be considered if additional resources are available. Students will begin providing services at the end of January.

For more information, call the Legal Clinic at 413-782-1469 or email Marie Fletcher, Clinical Programs Administrator, at mfletcher@law.wne.edu.

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The Ministry of Justice of the PRC provides clarifications on legal assistance in international civil and commercial cases – Civil Law https://ccba-la.org/the-ministry-of-justice-of-the-prc-provides-clarifications-on-legal-assistance-in-international-civil-and-commercial-cases-civil-law/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 17:04:55 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/the-ministry-of-justice-of-the-prc-provides-clarifications-on-legal-assistance-in-international-civil-and-commercial-cases-civil-law/ October 28, 2022 Raja & Tann To print this article, all you need to do is be registered or log in to Mondaq.com. On June 24, 2022, the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC Ministry of Justice”) published an article in the form of questions and answers regarding legal assistance in […]]]>

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On June 24, 2022, the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC Ministry of Justice”) published an article in the form of questions and answers regarding legal assistance in international civil and commercial cases ( “Q&A”). In this Q&A, the Ministry of Justice of the PRC expressly states, among other things, that a judicial administration (including a court) or an individual in a foreign jurisdiction cannot directly question a witness who is in the territory of CPR, either by phone call, virtual meeting or using any other technology. Instead, the court administration must seek legal assistance in accordance with the Civil Procedure Law of the PRC.

Based on the Q&A, there are only two ways to question such a witness: (i) a country that is a member of the Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters (“Convention of The Hague on Evidence”) may request the Ministry of Justice of the PRC to provide legal assistance in accordance with the Convention; or (ii) a non-member country may request assistance through diplomatic channels.

In this regard, the Ministry of Justice of the PRC clearly states in the Q&A that it is prohibited for a witness in the territory of the PRC to attend the hearing of a foreign dispute, whether voluntarily or by means of a summons to appear issued by the foreign judicial administration.

The Ministry of Justice of the PRC also points out that due to security requirements for cross-border data transfer, any data information located within the territory of the PRC cannot be provided to a court administration or an agent of a foreign jurisdiction without the approval of the government authority of the PRC. in charge.

An arbitral tribunal does not appear to fall within the scope of “judicial or individual administration”, so it is not clear whether the above rules apply to an arbitration in a foreign jurisdiction.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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UNM law students assist land grants and acequias with legal assistance https://ccba-la.org/unm-law-students-assist-land-grants-and-acequias-with-legal-assistance/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 06:05:00 +0000 https://ccba-la.org/unm-law-students-assist-land-grants-and-acequias-with-legal-assistance/ The Community Governance Lawyers Program, established in 2019, helps acequias and land grants when they need legal assistance by pairing them with law students. Elisabeth Gutierrez de Las Cruces and Victoria Lovato de Ojo Caliente are third-year students at the University of New Mexico School of Law participating in the Lawyers in Community Governance program. […]]]>

The Community Governance Lawyers Program, established in 2019, helps acequias and land grants when they need legal assistance by pairing them with law students.

Elisabeth Gutierrez de Las Cruces and Victoria Lovato de Ojo Caliente are third-year students at the University of New Mexico School of Law participating in the Lawyers in Community Governance program.

Program participants presented the progress of the community governance advocates program at the October 20 land grant committee meeting in Chilili.

“Today is a very special day because it is a program that took years of work from the (Land Grants Committee) to bring to fruition,” said Mark Edwards of the Legislative Council Service of the New Mexico. “These two students are the very first student lawyers (in the program).”

Both student lawyers have backgrounds in land grants and acequias.

“All my life I’ve heard it all about land grants: the good, the bad, the laughter in the tears and it has taught me a deep love of history and a deep love for my community,” said said Lovato. “I studied history and Spanish at New Mexico State University and when I got to law school I was really hoping for the opportunity to be guided to my passion and I think that ( program) was just that.”

Lovato has a year-long internship with New Mexico Supreme Court Justice David K. Thompson, who will delay her entry into legal aid.

“I’m excited to take this knowledge and skills that I’m acquiring and use it for the betterment of my community,” Lovato said. “I am very honored to be part of this program and very honored to be here today.”

Gutierrez’s family is originally from the Tularosa region and they moved around, especially growing up in colonial communities.

“I grew up with many different communities and wanted to be part of the land grant program because I first went to law school to help with water issues and water law” , Gutierrez said. “I decided going to law school would be a better way to do it.”

Gutierrez studied agricultural economics at New Mexico State University before entering law school.

“I’m really excited to start,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez begins his tenure with legal aid in the spring of 2023.

Adrian Oglesby, director of the Community Governance Attorney Program, was unable to attend the Land Grant Committee meeting.

The program was established by statute in 2019 to provide legal services to acequias, land grants-mercedes and low-income residents of colonias.

The Land Grant Committee has worked to establish the Community Governance Attorney Program since before 2014 through meetings with the University of New Mexico School of Law, Edwards said.

The Community Governance Attorney Act also provides a tuition waiver for participants and creates a fund and commission.

Legally, the New Mexico Legislature cannot establish a scholarship program.

“These students sign a contract (stating) that they will work for legal aid on behalf of land grants, acequias and colonias for two years after law school,” Edwards said. “They’re going to be paid regardless of the legal aid entry minimum wage and in exchange for that, the state is waiving tuition and all other fees for their third year of law school.”

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