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August 31 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 1, 2016

Bill requiring 50 hours unpaid work from new lawyers vetoed

Legislation to require incoming lawyers in California to spend at least 50 hours in unpaid legal service to the poor has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said it would add to the burdens of today’s debt-saddled law school graduates. Brown also vetoed a bill Monday that was intended to protect the privacy of prospective jurors in criminal cases by prohibiting judges and lawyers from using the jurors’ full names in open court.
 -- San Francisco Chronicle


SF files suit against Bernal Heights immigration consultant alleging fraud

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office has filed suit against a Bernal Heights firm alleged to have misled clients into thinking they had hired an immigration attorney and collecting fees for work they had not performed, city officials said today. The lawsuit filed Aug. 15 against Lacayo Associates and its principals, Leonard and Ada Lacayo, alleges that the tax preparation and immigration consulting firm defrauded clients by falsely presenting Leonard Lacayo, a notary public, as an attorney and immigration consultant.
Bay City News


Court costs entrap nonwhite, poor juvenile offenders

When Dequan Jackson had his only brush with the law, at 13, he tried to do everything right. Charged with battery for barging into a teacher while horsing around in a hallway, he pleaded guilty with the promise that after one year of successful probation, the conviction would be reduced to a misdemeanor.
 -- The New York Times

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