Fifty-two years ago, just after midnight on June 28, 1969, eight officers with New York’s now-defunct Public Morals Squad descended on 53 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.  Their target was the Stonewall Inn, a well-known gay bar and safe haven for the LGBTQIA+ community.  The infraction which brought them was an alleged violation of liquor laws.  More than 200 patrons were lined up, required to produce identification, subjected to anti-gay slurs, and needlessly subjected to force. At the end of a decade...

Purdue Bankruptcy: Disclosure Statement Hearing May 26, 2021; Public May Dial-In-The much-debated Purdue Bankruptcy Disclosure Statement, which includes the controversial $4.3 Billion from Sackler family shareholders in exchange for complete releases of any liability for the opioid crisis, and which is opposed by Attorneys General from 24 states and the District of Columbia, will be considered by Judge Drain at a hearing tomorrow, May 26, 2021, at 9:00 AM.  As the Primeclerk website (https://restructuring.primeclerk.com/purduepharma) states: Members of the public who wish...

Since 1991, every United States President has officially recognized and designated May as Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.  May is also Asian Heritage Month in Canada.[i]  Americans and Canadians have a shared purpose this month for celebrating and recognizing the achievements and contributions made by attorneys, among others, of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. In the U.S. alone, 5.2 % of all 2020 employed lawyers were Asian.[ii]  For local government attorneys, IMLA is committed to providing our members with valuable DEI...

Today in a unanimous, but narrow opinion, the Supreme Court struck down the First Circuit’s expansion of the exception to the warrant requirement known as the “community care-taking doctrine” from automobiles to the home.  The Court left open the possibility that exigent circumstances might justify a search without a warrant under these circumstances, but that issue was not before the Court in this case. In this case, Kim Caniglia and her husband got in a fight during which he went and...

  Defining the Issues While there are a large number of hardships faced by attorneys practicing law, the following are some of the most common and most serious: A. Anxiety Disorders. Disorders relating to anxiety range from a general Panic Attack (which is Panic Disorder with or without Agoraphobia[i]) to specific phobias such as Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder, anxiety due to a medical condition, and anxiety...

U.S. Legal System – Federal, State, and Local Structure (Spanish and English versions below)  |  (Versiones en español e inglés a continuación) A legal system that is over 200 years old has not aged much in its structure since its creation.  The U.S. Constitution delegates powers to the federal government—national government—and what powers are not delegated to the federal government are left with the states.  Currently, 50 states and five territories comprise the United States of America.[1] The U.S. Constitution established three...

ALEL and IMLA Working Group Series (Spanish and English versions below)  |  (Versiones en español e inglés a continuación) En 1978, con la aprobación de la Constitución, España se constituye una monarquía parlamentaria y empieza una nueva etapa democrática en nuestro país, después de casi 40 años de dictadura. La Constitución abre paso al estado de las autonomías, reconociendo y garantizando en su Artículo 2 el derecho a la autonomía de las nacionalidades y regiones que integran el estado español, así como...

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, federal Judge David Carter of the Central District of California ordered that the City and County of Los Angeles provide housing and related assistance for all homeless persons in the area known as “Skid Row” by October 18.  According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, that number now exceeds 4,600 people: 4700 - 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count—Skid Row (lahsa.org) Judge Carter’s decision in LA Alliance for Human Rights v. City of Los Angeles,...

Today, in Torres v. Madrid, the Supreme Court provided a new rule for determining if a seizure occurs under the Fourth Amendment where force is used, but a suspect gets away.  In a 5-3 ruling (Justice Barrett did not take part in the decision), the Court concluded that “[t]he application of physical force to the body of a person with intent to restrain is a seizure, even if the force does not succeed in subduing the person.” In this case, two...

Local governments committed to supporting their citizens most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic should be encouraging the broadband providers serving their communities to take the necessary steps in the next several weeks to establish eligibility to participate in the $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. This Program is administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The Program was established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act enacted by Congress in December of last year. It...