New York’s Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to Criminal Defense Leaders: We must Provide Access to Justice or We may as well Shut Down the Courthouses!

by RICH CASSIDY on JUNE 21, 2011 The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, (New York state’s highest Court) addressed an audience of some 70 invited criminal defense lawyers and legal scholars at the Read More …

The Bad News: No Enactments of the Uniform Collateral Consequences Act this Year

by RICH CASSIDY on MAY 19, 2011 My last post covered the good news on collateral consequences law reform: support for the idea from our nation’s chief law enforcement officer, United States Attorney General Eric Holder. I promised the bad Read More …

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Our Law is a Tragedy

by RICH CASSIDY on JUNE 8, 2010 Tomorrow I will to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on the subject of the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Barriers to Reentry Read More …

U.S. Supreme Court: Competence requires that defense counsel correctly advise criminal defendants of deportation risk due to conviction

by RICH CASSIDY on MARCH 31, 2010 U.S. Supreme Court:  Competence requires that defense counsel correctly advise criminal defendants of deportation due to conviction. In Padilla v. Kentucky, 509 U.S. ___ (March 31, 2010), decided today, the United States Supreme Read More …