|New White Paper on Risk and Needs Assessments|
NLADA and the American Council of Chief Defenders are proud to share the new white paper, “Risk & Needs Assessments: What Defenders and Chief Defenders Need to Know.”
This paper responds to the growing use of actuarial risk assessments and needs assessments to make decisions about persons at various stages of the criminal justice system. As the use of these assessments increases, particularly in pretrial detention determinations, clients will benefit from defenders who understand the science behind assessments, can advocate effectively for their use, and know how to argue for fidelity of the risk assessment tool.
|$106 Million JPMorgan Chase Settlement Provides Legal Aid Funding Opportunity|
Civil legal aid programs across the country have a great opportunity for new funding thanks to a settlement reached earlier this month.
As a result of investigations into JP Morgan Chase's practices of selling "zombie debt" and robo-signing court documents, the firm will pay $106 million to attorneys general in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Chase also will pay $50 million in consumer refunds and $30 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as $30 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in a related action.
|NLADA Raises $1 Million at Celebration of Equal Justice|
NLADA celebrated the achievements of equal justice champions from the corporate, private, and public interest law arenas with close to five hundred guests at the 2015 Exemplar Award Dinner on June 23, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The outstanding commitment of NLADA’s sponsors, which include many of America’s top law firms and corporations, raised more than $1 million in support of the organization and its mission.
Jo-Ann Wallace, president and CEO of NLADA, stated, “I am so proud that the leaders of America’s legal community have once again rallied behind the cause of equal justice and I offer my deepest gratitude for their generosity. These funds will seriously impact NLADA’s ability to deliver innovative, high quality training and technical assistance to legal aid and public defense practitioners nationwide, help build effective networks, prepare the next generation of leaders, and fuel robust energetic advocacy on relevant issues."