It’s easy to be on the side of the angels as a legal aid lawyer. What distinguishes Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr. at Maryland Legal Aid from the others is a relentless focus on human rights and an ability to grow an organization devoted to those principles.
The difference between a legal argument and your personal opinion is legal authority. Whether statute, procedural rule or appellate case, you win by backing your position with some law. Here’s the story of how a legal aid lawyer helped stop my eviction by sharing an appellate case.
Despite progress, it’s hard to put a positive spin on this year’s Justice Index, the annual state ranking on access to justice. This data means we cannot rely on the legal profession to solve the crisis. Those of us who represent ourselves must help the courts change in ways that meet our needs.
Jim Sandman at the Legal Services Corporation is among the profession’s fiercest advocates for civil legal aid. That advocacy — along with the talent he brings to the job — makes him one of the Lawyers We Love.
Occasionally I run across truly fascinating news items in the legal journals; let’s call them “legal bits” for lack of a better term. We try to keep up with the explosion in self-represented litigants and how we’re faring in the courts. Three recent “legal bits” caught my eye. More Like This:Legal Bits Episode 492Can’t I Just Fill Out The Court […]