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a map of North Carolina that highlights counties which are legal deserts

Nearly half of North Carolina’s counties are “legal deserts.” State budget proposals could help with that.

BY: - June 1, 2023

Almost half of North Carolina’s counties are “legal deserts,” meaning there is less than one lawyer for every 1,000 residents, the executive director of the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services (IDS) told members of state a commission Thursday morning. Almost two-thirds of North Carolina’s attorneys are in Wake, Mecklenburg, Guilford, Durham and Forsyth […]


Our nation’s “stupid, stupid, stupid” immigration policy

BY: - March 10, 2016

In case you missed it, there was a remarkable exchange in a U.S. Senate hearing yesterday between Senator Patrick Leahy and Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the unbelievably absurd statement of federal immigration judge Jack Weil that three and four year-old children can be made to understand immigration law and represent themselves competently in deportation […]

Lawyers are game changers for immigrant children

BY: - July 16, 2014

As we reported last week, many of the children crossing the border into the United States wind up in court defending themselves — a situation that presumably does not end well for them. TheĀ American Civil Liberties Union describes the plight of such children in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle against Attorney General […]