The Brennan Center for Justice contributed the following pieces to transition documents intended for the incoming Obama Administration as well as the 111th Congress. The topics covered here range from fixing the fundamentals of our democracy or repairing the Department of Justice, to restoring legal aid and other civil rights issues.
The National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel has launched its new website, providing advocates and the public with a much-needed information source and a way to coordinate efforts to expand recognition of a right to counsel in civil cases....
As Bush leaves office, there's a rush to issue last-minute regulations for the nation's executive agencies. As a result, we face the specter of starting 2009 with an ill-considered regulatory regime that will be hard for the next president to alter.
"Legal aid lawyers are among the few allies of poor homeowners caught in the subprime-mortgage meltdown. But these lawyers are hamstrung by federal regulations that limit homeowners’ access to speedy, low-cost legal relief."