Monthly Archives: January 2016

Lawyers’ Committee Moves to Intervene in Charter Cap Case on Behalf of Students of Color, Students with Disabilities, and English Language Learners

Boston, MA – Students of color, students with disabilities, and English language learners, together with the New England Area Conference of the NAACP, moved today to intervene in the pending litigation over the cap on charter schools, arguing that the cap is necessary to preserve educational opportunities for students in traditional public schools. The would-be

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Lawyers’ Committee Congratulates MGH on Receipt of Prestigious Community Service Award

Lawyers’ Committee Congratulates MGH, Our Medical-Legal Partner, On Receipt of the Foster G. McGaw Community Service Award The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice is proud to announce that the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) — our partner in a medical-legal collaboration — has been awarded the 2015 Foster G. McGaw Community Service Prize.

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Changes in Boston City Council’s Committees

The Bay State Banner featured an article on recent changes in the Boston City Council.  The Audit and Oversight Committee, which paid special interest to the level of diversity in the city’s hiring practices, was dissolved. “Continued attention on bringing and maintaining diversity in law enforcement and firefighting is of great importance, especially as many

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Lawyers’ Committee Sues Boston Police Department To Obtain Records On Racial Impact Of Employment Practices

In a lawsuit filed yesterday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice sued the Boston Police Department (BPD), Commissioner William Evans, and the City of Boston, seeking public records that are critical to ascertaining the racial impact of BPD’s employment practices. The lawsuit, brought in partnership with Birnbaum & Godkin, LLP, stems from

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Priya Lane Appointed New Director of the Belin Economic Justice Project, featured in Bay State Banner

  Priya A. Lane Appointed Director of LCCR’s Economic Justice Project The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (LCCR) announced the appointment of Priya A. Lane as its Director of the Belin Economic Justice Project. She will oversee the organization’s work providing free business legal support to small minority-owned businesses across Massachusetts. The Belin Economic Justice Project (EJP)

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Making the Case for Independent Prosecutors in Police Shootings

In the aftermath of the Tamir Rice shooting, the Lawyers’ Committee made the case for independent prosecutors in connection with police misconduct. As our Executive Director, Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, discussed on the Boston news show, City Line: “Every day, police officers and police departments work closely with prosecutors. Some people believe this raises a conflict of

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