Thank You President Obama For Ending Solitary Confinement for Youth in Federal Prisons

Pres Obama tours the Residential Drug Abuse Prevention Unit at El Reno federal prison in Oklahoma {White House Photo by Pete Souza}

By Marcy Mistrett In a historic moment yesterday, President Obama used his executive authority to end the use of solitary confinement for youth in the federal prison system. This action is incredibly important to the … Read More

Lawyer turned musician partners with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

The Paula Boggs Band is partnering with the My Brother's Keeper Alliance and The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. on a new project. [Photo Courtesy: Paula Boggs]

For nearly thirty years Paula Boggs distinguished herself in the practice of law first as an attorney in the Army General Counsel’s, then as a White House lawyer, later as a federal prosecutor, and finally … Read More

Hearing expected in the Freddie Gray case

A judge is expected to hear motions in the Freddie Gray case Wednesday, September 2. Six Baltimore Police officers were indicted in connection with Gray's in custody death.

A judge in Baltimore is expected to hear preliminary motions in the Freddie Gray case on Wednesday.
In May, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced indictments against six officers involved in the arrest of Gray who died while in police custody.
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Loretta Lynch confirmed as Attorney General

Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for Attorney General, could have her confirmation vote this week.

The United States Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the 83rd United States Attorney General on Thursday by a vote of 56-43, Lynch will be the first African-American woman to hold the post. Read More

Public Defenders: Today’s Civil Rights Warriors

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1963 was a landmark year in the struggle for civil rights in America. The killing of Medgar Evers and the 16th Street Church bombing served as stark reminders of the racial hatred that plagued the nation. The Birmingham Campaign and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom were illustrations of the collective power of committed individuals to confront injustice. And one of the most important Supreme Court decisions in our history, Gideon v. Wainwright. Read More

Eric Holder to step down as Attorney General

Eric H. Holder, Jr., has announced his intention to step down as United States Attorney General.

United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. announced his intention to step down upon the nomination and confirmation of his successor on Thursday. Holder has served as the chief law enforcement officer of the … Read More

Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) to be honored by BESLA

Joe West and the MCCA to be honored at Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association Conference in Mexico.

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association along with its President & Chief Executive Officer Joseph K. West will be honored by the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association with the association’s Beacon of Diversity Award during BESLA’s upcoming conference in October. Read More