November 12, 2007
by Lauren Becker
The Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice is stepping up its enforcement of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, according to a report from McClatchy Newspapers. The law, commonly known as the Motor Voter Act, is designed to make it easier for Americans to register... ...[read more]
October 16, 2007
by Lauren Becker
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for an increased effort to uphold the fundamental human right to food for some 854 million around the world who suffer from chronic hunger. In a message marking World Food Day, Ban called for cooperation to uphold the right to food, sa... ...[read more]
October 12, 2007
by Lauren Becker
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Thursday designed to increase funding to legal aid representation for low-income residents of California. The new law, which will take effect in January 2008, will enable banks to invest money from lawyers' client trust funds (IOLTA accounts) i... ...[read more]
September 26, 2007
by Lauren Becker
Micronesian Legal Service Corporation (LSC) attorney Omar Calimbas said Tuesday that beginning October 15, 2007, the US will permit Micronesians living on the US mainland to receive free legal aid services. The decision will change a 1983 US Congressional act that prevented the representation of ...[read more]
March 12, 2007
by Lauren Becker
Foreign guest workers in the US are being continually and severely abused, according to a report pointedly entitled Close to Slavery issued Monday by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report says that workers are frequently cheated out of wages, and must pay high fees to... ...[read more]
February 15, 2007
by Lauren Becker
A law is currently being drafted in the Rwandan Parliament that would limit families to having three children in order to curb increasing poverty levels, an official said Wednesday. Although the law as drafted does not include punitive measures for families who violate it, it would includes ...[read more]
March 31, 2006
by Lauren Becker
The FBI has said that it will look into allegations of illegal activities connected to the distribution of millions of dollars worth of Red Cross supplies in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The announcement comes in the midst of a pending state investigation regarding similar accusations... ...[read more]
March 31, 2006
by Lauren Becker
The US Transportation Security Administration lawyer who allegedly coached government witnesses in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial and nearly scuttled the prosecution's case is under criminal investigation by the US Attorney's Office in Philadelphia and may very well face charges, a... ...[read more]
March 31, 2006
by Lauren Becker
US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Thursday urged greater attention to reports of genocide in Sudan's Darfur region. In a speech to the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, DC, Kennedy said that lawyers have a responsibility to work to prevent gen... ...[read more]
March 8, 2006
by Lauren Becker
The chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay denied Tuesday that detainees at the facility were tortured, but acknowledged the vagueness of the definition of torture itself. USAF Col. Morris Davis of the Pentagon's Office of Military Commissions will prosecute 10 Guantanam... ...[read more]

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