The End of Funding for the Legal Services Corporation?

The proposed budget submitted by President Trump on March 16, 2017 includes a total defunding of the Legal Services Corporation. This entity was founded in 1974 and provides grants to legal aid organizations throughout the United States to help them provide legal services to the poor — “the poor” being defined here as those earning 125% or less of the federal poverty level. Continue reading “The End of Funding for the Legal Services Corporation?”

U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Wonder the Service Dog

Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the decision of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools. According to the court’s opinion, the case arose after a child (referred to as “E.F.”) with cerebral palsy wanted to enter kindergarten with her service dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder. Wonder had been trained to retrieve dropped items, open and close doors, turn on and off lights, help E.F. take off her coat, and help E.F. with balancing and mobility issues. Continue reading “U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Wonder the Service Dog”

Ninth Circuit Review of District Court’s TRO on Immigration Ban

A panel of three judges for the Ninth Circuit has scheduled a hearing for today, February 7, 2017, on whether or not to overrule the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to issue a temporary restraining order in the case of State of Washington v. Trump.  That case disputed whether the president had the power to issue the Executive Order of January 27, 2017.  That order banned the immigration of persons from certain Muslim-majority countries.  Continue reading “Ninth Circuit Review of District Court’s TRO on Immigration Ban”