Reflections about Lawyering during National Stress Awareness Month

For every cover letter I’ve written for a legal job, I’ve written that I would be a “zealous advocate.” Indeed, most legal job postings provide in the descriptive section that the job requires “zealous advocacy.” This is because lawyers have a strict ethical responsibility to “advocate zealously” on behalf of their client. See American Bar… Read More

Man, Wrongly Imprisoned for 3 Decades, Sues Cops & Firemen Who Framed Him

Victor Rosario Attempted to Save the Victims of a House Fire, But Instead Was Wrongfully Convicted of Causing Their Accidental Deaths  LOWELL, MA – Victor Rosario, a man who spent 32 years, more than half of his life in prison for crimes he didn’t commit, today filed state and federal lawsuits against Lowell, MA police… Read More

The Fallout Continues from Massachusetts’ Massive Forensic Drug Lab Scandals

Last month, the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General began notifying approximately 7,500 people that their drug convictions have been overturned. This is just the latest chapter in the fallout from two massive scandals that have unleashed chaos in the Massachusetts court system and have called into question the integrity and fairness of forensic science. Decades… Read More

Disability and Law Enforcement: the Importance of Accommodation

The United States Constitution guarantees all individuals the right to be treated with dignity, equality, and respect.  This obviously includes individuals, like myself, who have a disability. Too often, I read about law enforcement interactions with disabled people gone terribly wrong.  It’s tragic and heartbreaking for a lot of reasons, but for me, knowing that… Read More

Prison Reform: The Heat is on to Turn the Heat ON

  On January 27, 2019, as folks across the country burrowed in for record-breaking low temperatures, the heat and electricity at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn went out. A federal detention center run by the federal Bureau of Prisons, Brooklyn’s MDC is home to about 1,600 detainees at any time. For the most part,… Read More

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Narrow Framing of Officer Conduct That Might Lead to Liability for Malicious Prosecution

By Alison Leff Quoting an amicus brief submitted by prominent former prosecutors who were represented by Loevy & Loevy, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court’s grant of summary judgment for defendants on a claim for malicious prosecution in Beaman v. Freesmeyer, No. 122654, last Thursday. The plaintiff, Alan Beaman, had been wrongfully convicted… Read More

Class Action Suit Hits DCFS for Imprisoning Children in Psychiatric Hospitals

State cutbacks unjustly forced numerous youth into locked psych wards, causing many to relapse and costing Illinois millions of dollars Acting Cook County Public Guardian Leads Class Action Suit Against DCFS CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today was hit with a federal class action lawsuit for locking youth in… Read More

Stop Shackling Pregnant Mothers

Women in jail represent the fastest growing prisoner population in the United States, increasing 14-fold between 1970 and 2014. One consequence of this exponential rise is the increase in the number of pregnant women who are confined. In early 2014, Sandy Robles was one such woman, held at Milwaukee County Jail (MCJ) in Wisconsin. Incarcerated for a… Read More