April 2021 Archives

Safe Parking Shelter and Rapid Rehousing Program | New Beginnings

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Safe Overnight Parking

New Beginnings' Safe Parking Shelter and Rapid Rehousing Program provides safe overnight parking to individuals and families living in their vehicle. A driver's license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance is required to enroll in the shelter component of the program. In addition, we also offer rapid rehousing services and other housing assistance services to community members through the program. We have operated the Safe Parking ProgramĀ® since 2004 in cooperation with numerous local churches, governmental and non-profit agencies, and businesses. Our program is the first of its kind and has served as a model for dozens of communities throughout the country.


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Last week, the state of Arkansas became the first state in the nation to effectively ban gender-affirming care for transgender and gender diverse youth. The law, H.B. 1570, prohibits youth under the age of 18 from receiving transitional or puberty-blocking hormones and surgery, and allows private insurers to refuse gender-affirming care. The law has no provision for youth who are currently receiving gender-affirming care. It also exposes medical providers to potential lawsuits and loss of licensure for any referral for or provision of gender-affirming care to youth under the age of 18.

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Suggested citation: Jordan Blair Woods, Arkansas Passes Sweeping and Draconian Law Targeting Transgender Youth, JURIST - Academic Commentary, April 12, 2021, https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2021/04/jordan-blair-woods-arkansas-law-targets-transgender-youth/. This article was prepared for publication by Heidi Johnson, a JURIST assistant editor. Please direct any questions or comments to her at commentary@jurist.org +read more

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BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS--ABA JOURNAL

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Lawyers at the law firm say they haven't heard from Kossoff since April 1, and they are not receiving paychecks, Law360 reports. An involuntary bankruptcy petition filed against the Kossoff firm alleges more than $8 million in misappropriated escrow funds, while the Manhattan district attorney has opened an investigation, according to Law360 and the Real Deal.

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Walter Mack, a lawyer for Kossoff, told Law360 that his client has not fled and is not seeking to evade prosecutors. He said he is representing Kossoff "solely should there be any criminal law consequences of his conduct."

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5 of the Best Apple Mail Alternatives for Mac - Make Tech Easier

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Apple's Mail is a free, native email application that ships with every Mac, making it a solid default choice for most users, especially those using iCloud. However, the Mail app is one of the least innovative Apple-made macOS apps and without a major change in quite some time.

But you can find many alternatives for Apple's Mail. Many of those can help you become more productive and safer on the Web. Here are five amazing suggestions for you!

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Led by a Canadian, law students report online from war zones | The Star

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In 1996, from his perch in Pittsburgh, Hibbitts launched a website that became JURIST, a legal news service powered by law student volunteers. Today, it boasts 80 student reporters and editors hailing from 29 law schools on five continents supervised by a tiny, professional staff Hibbitts leads when he's not teaching. 

In Myanmar, where law is an undergraduate subject, JURIST's correspondents are 18 to 21 years old. All are women because an overwhelming percentage of Myanmar law students are female. To say they've been courageous isn't a muscular enough word to describe their work; putting their lives at risk to report on what's occurring in a ravaged state on the brink of civil war.

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Back To The Office Anxieties - Blind Blog - Workplace Insights

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Anxiety over returning to the office is very real. Blind, an anonymous community of verified professionals with 4 million+ users, began running a survey gauging if professionals were anxious about returning to the office and why65% of professionals on Blind are anxious about the office reopening, according to results.

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BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein has been working from Dubai and Israel for the last three months while he participates in a program to improve cultural understanding of people with disabilities.

Bernstein, who is blind, said he is working full time as a justice, connecting remotely to arguments, while working with a program that is part of the Abraham Accords, signed byIsrael, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The Detroit Free PressMLive.com and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency have coverage.

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Alexes Harris is the Presidential Term Professor and professor of sociology at the University of Washington. She is the author of A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as a Punishment for the Poor. Follow her on Twitter @alexesharris.

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The problem with pretext traffic stops is that when police use their discretion to decide who to pull over, they disproportionately pull over Black drivers more than white drivers, particularly within predominantly Black communities. As a result, Black drivers are searched 1.5 to 2 times as often as white drivers. The practice of pretext traffic stops allows police to surveil communities of color, over-patrol them, and pull people over. 

These stops lead to frequent negative encounters between members of the Black community and the police that can result in violence, trauma, and even death. For example, a Washington Post article from 2015 reported that as a result of traffic stops, in one year, 100 people were killed by the police across the US. Of these people, 1 in 3 were Black. While white, Black, and Latino people had the same rate of being killed in these stops, Black drivers had a much higher rate of being pulled over. These regular interactions of being pulled over by the police lead to the terms "driving while Black," and "the talk" that many Black families have with their children about what to do when pulled over by the police.

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June 24, 2020 (UPI) -- A four-year analysis released Wednesday shows that black Americans were, on average, more than three times as likely as white people to be killed during a police encounter.

The study by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health examined 5,494 police-related deaths in the United States between 2013 and 2017 and found disparities across the two racial groups in all metropolitan statistical areas that provided race/ethnicity data.

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Rates of police-related fatalities varied dramatically, with the deadliest MSAs exhibiting rates nine times those of the least deadly. Overall rates in Southwestern MSAs were highest, with lower rates in the northern Midwest and Northeast. Yet this pattern was reversed for Black-White inequities, with Northeast and Midwest MSAs exhibiting the highest inequities nationwide. Our main results excluded deaths that could be considered accidents (e.g., vehicular collisions), but sensitivity analyses demonstrated that doing so may underestimate the rate of fatal police violence in some MSAs by 60%. Black-White and Latinx-White inequities were slightly underestimated nationally by excluding reportedly 'accidental' deaths, but MSA-specific inequities were sometimes severely under- or over-estimated.

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Verification Handbook | DataJournalism.com

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The latest edition of the Verification Handbook arrives at a critical moment. Today's information environment is more chaotic and easier to manipulate than ever before. This book equips journalists with the knowledge to investigate social media accounts, bots, private messaging apps, information operations, deep fakes, as well as other forms of disinformation and media manipulation. The first resource of its kind, it builds on the first edition of the Verification Handbook and the Verification Handbook for Investigative Reporting.

The book is published by the European Journalism Centre and supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies.

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NYC Real Estate Attorney Mitchell Kossoff Vanishes--The Real Deal

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By Rich Bockmann

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An attorney who handles funds for some of New York's biggest multifamily landlords seems to have disappeared, leaving his clients worried that millions of dollars placed in escrow accounts have as well, sources with knowledge of the scandal told The Real Deal.

Mitchell Kossoff, managing partner of Kossoff PLLC, has been unreachable for several days by his partners at the downtown Manhattan law firm and the landlords for whom he holds millions of dollars in escrow accounts, according to clients who have attempted to contact the firm.

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On both the criminal and civil litigation fronts, former President Donald Trump faces a bevy of lawsuits and investigations, with more cases likely to follow. Some are civil suits stemming from his pre-presidential business dealings. Others are defamation claims from women he allegedly assaulted. More still are criminal probes and civil actions that scrutinize his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The Chart below tracks all these cases. It will be continually updated as major legal developments occur.

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Four causes for 'Zoom fatigue' and their solutions | Stanford News

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BY VIGNESH RAMACHANDRAN

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In the first peer-reviewed article that systematically deconstructs Zoom fatigue from a psychological perspective, published in the journal Technology, Mind and Behavior on Feb. 23, Bailenson has taken the medium apart and assessed Zoom on its individual technical aspects. He has identified four consequences of prolonged video chats that he says contribute to the feeling commonly known as "Zoom fatigue."

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Excelsior Pass | COVID-19 Vaccine

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Get Back to Your Favorite Businesses and Venues with Digital Proof of Your COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Results

Attend sporting events, arts performances and more! Excelsior Pass supports a safe reopening of New York by providing a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. Think of it as a mobile airline boarding pass, but for proving you received a COVID-19 vaccination or negative test.

You can store your Pass digitally on your smartphone with the Excelsior Pass Wallet app, available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You can also print your Pass from the Excelsior Pass website and bring it with you.

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On March 31, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill passed by the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana in New York state. During this program, a panel of Legislators and Public Officials will discuss the recently enacted Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) that legalizes for adult-use cannabis.


FREE program to all attorneys.

Start Date:
  • April 12, 2021
Start Time:
  • 12:00 PM
End Time:
  • 1:00 PM
Region:
  • Virtual Participation

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New York Governor Signs Law Legalizing the Adult Use of Marijuana

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New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday legalizing the adult use of marijuana, making it the fifteenth state to fully legalize the drug.

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