San Francisco Federal Judge Grants Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Stopping Enforcement of Executive Order Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

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In January and February of 2017, the City and County of San Francisco (California) and the County of Santa Clara (California) filed lawsuits to stop enforcement of President Trump’s executive order threatening the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.” These complaints were ultimately supported by 36 cities and counties in California and across the country, from Jersey City to New Orleans to Seattle, and all parts in between. On April 14, 2017, the Court heard arguments on the Plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction against the executive order as unconstitutional and harmful to the public nationwide. On April 25, 2017, Judge William H. Orrick of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted the Plaintiffs’ request and issued a nationwide preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the executive order against jurisdictions deemed sanctuary jurisdictions. [Read more…]

Los Angeles Opposes Trump Withholding Federal Money from Sanctuary Cities

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As reported by the Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles is one of 36 jurisdictions that filed brief in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday opposing an executive order threatening to keep federal funds away from sanctuary cities. San Francisco has a pending lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Trump’s intended financial punishment of cities that fail to fall into lockstep with a federal immigration crackdown. A similar brief was filed a week earlier by a similar group of affected jurisdictions in support of a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara on the same issue. [Read more…]

36 Cities & Counties Ask Federal Judge to Halt Trump Administration’s Threats Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

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A Diverse Coalition of Jurisdictions Says President Trump’s Executive Order Threatening Withholding of Funds is Unconstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (BusinessWire) —Thirty-six cities and counties across the country are asking a federal court to halt President Trump’s executive order threatening the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.” The coalition filed an amicus brief in San Francisco federal court today to support the City and County of San Francisco’s lawsuit against the President, arguing the executive order is unconstitutional and that the public would suffer irreparable harm unless the order was halted nationwide. The case, City and County of San Francisco v. Trump, Case No. 3:17-cv-00485, is currently pending before the Honorable United States Judge William H. Orrick. Last week, a very similar group of thirty-four cities and counties filed an amicus brief in support of the County of Santa Clara’s lawsuit against the President, also seeking to halt the executive order nationwide. That case is County of Santa Clara v. Trump, Case No. 5:17-cv-00574, and is also pending before Judge Orrick. [Read more…]

34 Cities & Counties Ask Federal Judge to Halt Trump Administration’s Threats Against “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

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A Diverse Coalition of Jurisdictions Says President Trump’s Executive Order Threatening Withholding of Funds is Unconstitutional

Thirty-four cities and counties across the country are asking a federal court to halt President Trump’s executive order threatening the withdrawal of federal funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.”  The coalition filed an amicus brief in San Francisco federal court today to support the County of Santa Clara’s lawsuit against the President, arguing the executive order is unconstitutional and that the public would suffer irreparable harm unless the order was halted nationwide.  The case, County of Santa Clara v. Trump, Case No. 5:17-cv-00574, is currently pending before the Honorable United States Judge William H. Orrick.
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Civil Justice Fairness Faces Serious Financial Threat

Legal Aid Threatened by Monstrous Budget Slashing

Fight Underway to Preserve the Legal Services Corporation, Provider of Vital Civil Legal Aid in All 50 States

In the face of reported plans by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to propose a budget eliminating funding for the Legal Services Corporation, leaders from over 150 U.S. law firms have signed a letter urging OMB Director John Michael Mulvaney to reverse course and continue funding the Legal Services Corporation. The LSC provides vital civil legal aid in all 50 states to a wide range of Americans: women seeking protection from domestic violence, families struggling to stay in their homes, homeless veterans seeking the benefits they earned, disaster victims needing help to recover. [Read more…]

Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman Volunteer at North Nashville Legal Clinic

Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman Volunteer at North Nashville Legal Clinic

This week, Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman volunteered to provide free legal advice during a general legal clinic held at St. James Missionary Baptist Church in North Nashville. Chalos and Kaufman advised attendees on topics including employment law and housing matters. The legal clinic was organized and supported by Lipscomb University’s Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice, & Society. [Read more…]

Public Justice Director Paul Bland On Recent Immigration Executive Orders

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Writing for Daily Kos, Public Justice’s Executive Director Paul Bland makes a cogent and reasoned argument in favor of allowing class treatment for individuals harmed by recent Executive Orders restricting immigration into the U.S. “While the Administration has grouped all Muslim immigrants and refugees from these seven countries together for the purposes of denying them entry into the United States, it doesn’t want them grouped together when they try to go to court,” Bland writes in the piece. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Public Justice and Impact Fund in Support of Stay on Travel Ban

Lieff Cabraser Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of Public Justice and Impact Fund in Support of Stay on Travel Ban

On February 16, 2017, Lieff Cabraser filed an amicus brief on behalf of Public Justice and Impact Fund in Darweesh, et al. v. Trump, et al. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in support of the current stay on President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order restricting entry to the United States. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Nashville Attorneys Volunteer at Legal Aid Clinic for Victims of Smoky Mountain Wildfires

Lieff Cabraser Nashville Attorneys Volunteer at TN Legal Aid Clinic

Pictured: Lieff Cabraser attorneys Kenneth Byrd (left) and John Spragens (right) of the Nashville office.

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark P. Chalos, Kenneth S. Byrd, and John T. Spragens volunteered today at the Legal Aid of East Tennessee clinic in Gatlinburg, Tennessee to provide free legal help for the victims of the Smoky Mountain wildfires in Sevier County. The wildfires, constituting one of the largest natural disasters in the history of Tennessee, occurred from November 28 to December 9, 2016, claiming at least 14 lives and injuring 134 others. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Volunteer at Wills for Heroes Nashville Event

Lieff Cabraser Attorneys Volunteer at Wills For Heroes Nashville Event

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Mark Chalos and Andrew Kaufman will be volunteering with the Tennessee Bar Association and Wills for Heroes on Saturday, December 3rd, offering free will-provision legal services to Nashville police and firefighters. Since Wills for Heroes’ establishment 15 years ago in the wake of the September 11 attacks, attorneys in more than 10 states have provided 7,000 free estate planning documents to emergency first responders across the nation. [Read more…]