E-Alerts & Press Releases

Apr

07
2017

REVISED - Vote NO To Speeding Up Evictions In Maryland

  REVISED: Our previous alert included invalid email addresses. Email addresses below have been...

Apr

05
2017

The Maryland General Assembly Passes the Healthy Working Families Act, Sending the Bill to Governor Hogan’s Desk

Maryland is now primed to become the eighth state, not including the District of Columbia, to extend the basic...

Apr

04
2017

A Profile of Generosity: Leah and Ben Spero

April 4, 2017: “Our justice system requires zealous representation,” says Leah Spero, who recently stepped up...

Apr

04
2017

Tell Sen. Zirkin: It's Time to Reform Rent Court!

April 4, 2017 The Maryland House of Delegates has voted overwhelmingly to support HB 1487, a package of...

Mar

22
2017

Urgent action needed: Urge your Senator to vote YES on SB 705!

March 22, 2017 The PJC has been working in coalition to pass this bill for five years, and we’re very close...

Mar

21
2017

Call these Senators now to stop SB 983! SB 983 threatens bail reform.

March 21, 2017 Last night, Senate Bill 983 was approved as amended by a relatively small majority of Senators...

Mar

01
2017

This volunteer keeps tenants in their homes

March 1, 2017: It’s 8:45 on Wednesday morning. The lobby outside of the Baltimore City Rent Court is packed with...

Feb

06
2017

The Public Justice Center stands with communities impacted by new administration’s executive actions

February 6, 2017: The Public Justice Center stands in solidarity with immigrants, refugees, and other communities whose...

Jan

30
2017

Mother challenges termination of housing benefits

Brief argues local housing agency violated her due process rights   January 30, 2017: If the local...

Jan

25
2017

Drywall workers’ victory sets standard for holding joint employers responsible for unpaid wages

January 25, 2017: Employers will no longer be able to skirt their responsibilities to employees through layers of...

Dec

14
2016

Five questions to ask before making a donation

December 14, 2016: In their December 9th blog post ,  Charity Navigator suggested that donors ask themselves five...

Nov

29
2016

Victory! Court of Appeals rules that landlords who ignore unsafe conditions don’t have a right to evict tenants when they withhold rent

November 29, 2016: A tenant is summoned to Rent Court, threatened with eviction for failing to pay the rent. But the roof...

Nov

21
2016

Workers sue Gino's Burgers & Chicken for unpaid wages and racial discrimination

November 21, 2016: When Geidi Oromon Ramos asked her boss at Gino’s Burgers & Chicken to pay her for the long...

Oct

25
2016

Welcome to new board members

October 25, 2016: We are pleased to welcome new board members Elizabeth Hafey, Esq. of Miles & Stockbridge, PC,...

Sep

08
2016

Tell Jack Young and Carl Stokes: Port Covington development must include good jobs and affordable housing

September 8, 2016: Over the last two weeks, the Public Justice Center and others in the PORT3* coalition have been...

Sep

01
2016

Landlords who fail to fix unsafe conditions don’t have a right to evict tenants

The PJC argues case before Court of Appeals September 1, 2016:  When landlords try to evict tenants for...

Aug

09
2016

Brief challenges debt buyers’ abuse of consumers

August 9, 2016: Inaccurate information. Falsified legal documents. Abuse of consumers. Strategic use of lawsuits and...

Aug

02
2016

Baltimore County Council rejects the HOME Act

August 2, 2016: Last night, the Baltimore County Council rejected a bill that would have ensured fair treatment in...

Jul

19
2016

Legal aid organizations affirm that Black Lives Matter

July 19, 2016 The Public Justice Center stands with the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law and the National...

Jul

07
2016

Victory for same-sex couples and their children

  July 7, 2016: Michael Conover got good news from the Court of Appeals of Maryland on July 7. The Court held...

Jul

05
2016

Baltimore County HOME Act

Tell the Baltimore County Council to support the HOME Act. Click here to send a message. Talking points ...

Jun

28
2016

Major Settlement Approved to Improve Baltimore Jail’s Medical Care, Facilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2016 CONTACT: Debra Gardner, Public Justice Center, 410-625-9409, ext. 228,...

Jun

23
2016

Workers sue Mo’s Seafood for unpaid wages

Court authorizes restaurant workers to pursue a collective action for unpaid wages and damages June 23, 2016: As...

May

25
2016

Baltimore Women’s Detention Center to close

May 25, 2016: The Women’s Detention Center will be closed for eventual demolition as the state of Maryland moves...

May

03
2016

Victory will encourage private attorneys to take wage theft cases

May 3, 2016: When low-wage workers don’t get paid, private attorneys often won’t take their cases if they...

Apr

30
2016

Statement of solidarity marking the anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising

April 30, 2016: On April 18th, leaders of nine Black-led organizations working for racial justice and economic...

Apr

05
2016

Complaint over denied requests for ASL interpreter leads to nationwide change at Kool Smiles dental offices

April 5, 2016: When Kim Ivon scheduled dentist appointments at Kool Smiles for her daughter, she always requested an...

Mar

24
2016

Justice + Arts: Artists join PJC to celebrate 30 years

March 24, 2016: Has a stark photograph ever stirred up your outrage about injustice? Has a protest song ever moved you to...

Mar

15
2016

Baltimore County signs agreement with HUD to end decades of housing discrimination

March 15, 2016   Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., the NAACP of Baltimore Co., three residents of Baltimore Co....

Mar

08
2016

Help stop housing discrimination: Tell Delegates to vote for the HOME Act

March 8, 2016 Imagine that you’ve just found an affordable apartment in a great neighborhood. Good schools, a...

Mar

07
2016

Brief filed in Supreme Court case to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation

March 7, 2016: Students, business owners, trade workers, caregivers, parents, and people who have fled violence –...

Mar

01
2016

Ending predatory lending: Brief filed in payday loans case

March 1, 2016: The end of the month is approaching, and your bank account is getting low. There’s just enough for...

Feb

25
2016

Safeguarding the rights of same-sex parents: Brief filed in child visitation case

February 25, 2016: What makes someone a parent? For Michael Conover, it seemed clear enough that J. was his son. Michael...

Feb

22
2016

Court decision will help protect tenants from retaliation

February 22, 2016: Who would have thought that the definition of rent could be so important? But disagreement on what...

Feb

12
2016

Baltimore City renters call for fairness and integrity in eviction process

Bill offers changes to city Rent Court to ensure fair hearings and safe housing Media Contacts: Jessica...

Feb

04
2016

How to get away with cheating your employees

And how the PJC is working to stop it February 4, 2016 Step One: Get a subcontractor to hire your workers....

Feb

03
2016

Legislative session starts

February 3, 2016: The 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly kicked off in January, and the Public Justice Center...

Feb

03
2016

Appellate round-up

February 3, 2016: It was a busy fall in the Appellate Advocacy Project. Murnaghan Fellow Tassity Johnson made two oral...

Jan

28
2016

Community leaders call for new approach to Baltimore’s economic and community development

Public investment needed for housing, jobs January 28, 2016: The Baltimore Housing Roundtable today released the...

Jan

15
2016

The reality of Gov. Hogan's Baltimore investment

January 15, 2016: The Baltimore Sun today published an op-ed from the Public Justice Center and North East Housing...

Dec

21
2015

Court decision will help prevent lapses in treatment for children with disabilities transitioning into adult guardianship care

December 21, 2015: Round-the-clock nursing support keeps Dustin R. alive. He has been a ward of the State of Maryland...

Dec

07
2015

Justice Diverted: a new study on eviction in Baltimore

December 7, 2015 The Public Justice Center published today Justice Diverted: How Renters are Processed in the...

Nov

18
2015

Baltimore Jail Settlement to Bring Major Improvements in Medical Care, Facilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 18, 2015   CONTACT: Debra Gardner, Public Justice Center, 410-625-9409,...

Nov

06
2015

Restaurant workers at BWI airport score big victory against employer who withheld wages

November 6, 2015: If you ever fly out of BWI, the Baltimore Washington International Airport, you may grab a bite at one...

Sep

01
2015

Interns reflect on their summer at PJC

September 1, 2015: Over the past few months, the Public Justice Center hosted three summer-long interns, as well as two...

Sep

01
2015

Choose due diligence over deliberate ignorance, court suggests

July 31, 2015:  “I didn’t know” is not a valid excuse for failing to pay overtime. But that was...

Jul

31
2015

Reflecting on a year of service: Emily Ford

We say farewell to Emily Ford, who will wrap up her year of service at the PJC on August 7. Emily served as a Housing...

Jul

30
2015

Public Justice Center comment on closure of dangerous, crumbling jail facility in Baltimore

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2015   CONTACT: Debra Gardner, Public Justice Center,...

Jul

20
2015

Reflecting on a year of service: Albi Mullai

July 21, 2015 We say farewell to Albi Mullai, who wrapped up his year of service at the PJC yesterday. Albi...

Jul

13
2015

When can the state control your body and mind?

  July 13, 2015: Many Americans hold sacred the rights to control one’s own body and speech, and they...

Jun

24
2015

Montgomery County Passes One of Strongest Paid Sick Days Laws in the Nation

Workers to earn up to seven paid sick and safe days per year; will no longer lose income or risk job loss when illness...

Jun

02
2015

Detainees to Reopen Baltimore Jail Lawsuit Over Dangers to Health and Safety

Health and lives at risk due to poor medical and mental health care and disintegrating, filthy infrastructure For...

May

20
2015

Ensuring access to education for students in foster care

Baltimore County Public Schools and Department of Social Services finalize joint guidance May 20, 2015: New...

May

19
2015

Baltimore tenants succeed in their fight against management company’s collection practices

Close to $1M settlement with Sage Management ends alleged “fee churning” scheme FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE...

May

07
2015

Court decision strengthens anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation protections for workers who complain about a hostile work environment

May 7, 2015: In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that a single incident of...

Apr

14
2015

Thank you, Anne!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 12 – 18, 2015 National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by...

Apr

14
2015

Thank you, Ejaz!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 12 – 18, 2015 National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by...

Apr

14
2015

Thank you, Emily and Albi!

National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 12 – 18, 2015 National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by...

Apr

08
2015

Legislative leaders fail to support working Marylanders

Working Matters members frustrated by lawmaker inaction on Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, encouraged by...

Mar

20
2015

Tell Sen. Zirkin to call a vote on bill for attorney fees for MD constitutional law violations

  March 20, 2015:  Please call Senator Bobby Zirkin, Chair of the Judicial Proceedings Committee, and ask...

Mar

13
2015

Amicus brief highlights need for transparency in police misconduct investigations

  March 13, 2015:  On March 13, the Public Justice Center called for the public disclosure of records in...

Feb

25
2015

Tell the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to vote for the Maryland Second Chance Act of 2015

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee is voting today on the Maryland Second Chance Act of 2015 (SB 526), which would...

Feb

25
2015

Tell your legislators: Pass the Healthy Working Families Act

More than 700,000 Marylanders do not have the opportunity to earn paid sick leave to use when they or a loved one gets...

Jan

27
2015

Worker succeeds in recovering unpaid overtime wages

Using the Lien for Unpaid Wages Act forces employers to pay up January 27, 2015:  When Heriberto Lopez was...

Jan

27
2015

Tenant association leader fights off landlord’s attempted eviction

Maryland’s anti-retaliation law in action January 27, 2015:  Felicia Lockett is a dedicated advocate for...

Jan

20
2015

Paid sick days in the State of the Union

January 20, 2015:  Did you hear the news? Tonight the campaign for paid sick days got another boost when President...

Jan

16
2015

Striving for racial equity

January 16, 2015:  As we reflect on Martin Luther King Day, the Public Justice Center joins the many voices across...

Nov

04
2014

How you can address gaps in health care coverage

Share a story! November 4, 2014:  At October’s Justice for Breakfast, we discussed the...

Oct

31
2014

The importance of choice in recovery from mental illness

October 31, 2014:  He decided he might stop taking his meds. Did your breath catch a little when you read that?...

Sep

09
2014

Unprecedented Resource for Advocates of Civil Right to Counsel Movement

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   John Pollock, Coordinator, National Coalition for a Civil...

Aug

27
2014

Interns reflect on their summer at the Public Justice Center

August 27, 2014: This summer, we hosted five interns who worked as law clerks, helped with fundraising, and provided...

Aug

27
2014

Private attorneys help expand access to justice through Litigation Partnership

Thank you to Tom Glancy of Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz! July 31, 2014: We are so grateful to the many private...

Aug

27
2014

When insurance deepens poverty instead of preventing it

Brief urges more equitable approach to resolving claim disputes August 27, 2014:  In the wake of Hurricane...

Aug

26
2014

New online resource for all things civil right to counsel

  August 26, 2014: The National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC) has released its...

Aug

13
2014

Victory upholds Maryland workers’ right to sue for unpaid wages and damages

August 13, 2014: When Muriel Peters first sued Early Healthcare Giver, Inc., without a lawyer, she lost. She had...

Jul

23
2014

Volunteers reflect on year of service

July 23, 2014: In the past few years, the Public Justice Center has hosted two volunteers, one each from Lutheran...

Jul

02
2014

Family has water again thanks to you

  July 2, 2014: You might expect to lose water service if a water main breaks near your house. Or if a...

Jun

25
2014

Rikki Fleisher’s legacy inspires her family to create a special fund at PJC

  June 25, 2014:  In life, Rikki Fleisher was one of our beloved – and more vocal –...

Jun

25
2014

Fired after complaining about racial harassment

  June 25, 2014:  Four days after complaining that a manager had twice called her a “porch...

Jun

04
2014

PJC staff selected as fellows for Racial Justice Training Institute

  June 4, 2014: We are pleased to have three Public Justice Center attorneys selected as fellows for the...

Jun

04
2014

Murphy Anderson and Public Justice Center team up for big victory for workers

  June 4, 2014: Big change is possible when private law firms join the Public Justice Center in advocating...

Jun

04
2014

I have found my passion

  June 4, 2014   By Shabria Paige, PJC intern   I had never heard of the...

Jun

04
2014

Fighting for justice isn’t all dragon-slaying

Workers’ rights protected by commenting on Federal Rules of Civil Procedure   June 4, 2014:...

May

08
2014

Thank you, Alexandra!

  May 8, 2014:  We extend a big thank you to attorney Alexandra Rosenblatt for her advocacy on behalf of...

May

08
2014

PJC profile: Susan Francis

  I give because the PJC always fights a good fight   May 8, 2014:  “My...

May

01
2014

Grow justice for workers

  It’s spring! The snow is finally gone, and we’re excited for blooming gardens, leafy trees, and...

Apr

08
2014

General Assembly passes package of legislation to support homeless youth, families, and adults

April 8, 2014: In the closing days of the 2014 session, the General Assembly enacted 4 bills to put Maryland on a path...

Apr

04
2014

Let the chairs know: Bill to strengthen retaliation protections for tenants needs a vote!

April 4, 2014   Please call or email Delegates McIntosh and Niemann and urge them to support SB 800 and...

Apr

01
2014

Youth homelessness project funded by Governor

  April 1, 2014: In his Supplemental Budget released today, Gov. Martin O’Malley included $200,000 to...

Mar

31
2014

Urge lawmakers to protect workers from retaliation!

  March 31, 2014: An important anti-retaliation bill will be considered by the Senate Finance Committee on...

Mar

26
2014

Eliminating language and cultural barriers to health care

  March 26, 2014: Have you ever had trouble getting a doctor’s appointment when you really needed one?...

Mar

13
2014

Right to counsel victory in Indiana

March 13, 2014: “…she is a client standing alone in a courtroom where her parenting skills and her...

Mar

07
2014

Baltimore tenants file class action to stop alleged illegal collection practices

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2014   Contact:  Zafar Shah, Public Justice...

Feb

25
2014

Donor story: Alicia Wilson

February 25, 2014:  I give because the PJC sends a message to citizens in need that “they are not...

Feb

24
2014

Making policy work for people in poverty: Advocacy in Annapolis 2014

  February 24, 2014: The Maryland General Assembly is in full swing, and the Public Justice Center is back in...

Feb

24
2014

No more delays: Marylanders with disabilities now receiving Medicaid on time

  February 24, 2014:  Mary Lou Magee-Kern remembers the moment when her long-awaited Medicaid card came...

Jan

16
2014

Renter Day in Annapolis

  January 16, 2014: On January 15th, the PJC joined nearly 50 renters and representatives from various...

Jan

06
2014

Victory! Hawaii Supreme Court declares constitutional right to counsel for parents in child welfare proceedings

January 6, 2014: In an important step forward for the civil right to counsel movement, the Hawaii Supreme Court has...

Dec

23
2013

Unpaid wages for construction workers at 10 Light Street project

  December 23, 2013: Prospective residents in downtown Baltimore may be curious to see the progress at 10...

Dec

20
2013

Workers sue Lebanese Taverna for keeping wages and tips

  December 20, 2013: It didn’t add up. Their paychecks didn’t match the number of hours...

Nov

25
2013

Just Kids film premiere and arts night tell story of juvenile justice in Maryland

  November 25, 2013: “How would you feel if you were defined by the worst mistake you ever made?”...

Nov

12
2013

Premiere - The Truth About Our Youth: A Look at Maryland’s Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System

November 14, 2013, 7-9 pm, The Charles Theater Admission is free. Panel discussion to follow.   ...

Nov

04
2013

Statewide Task Force on Housing and Supportive Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Releases Report

  No young person should be homeless and alone, even for a single night.   November 4,...

Oct

25
2013

Celebrate Pro Bono!

  October 25, 2013: As we mark the National Pro Bono Celebration this week, we asked one of our private...

Oct

24
2013

Workers at BWI airport restaurants join forces to file suit for unpaid wages

  BALTIMORE, Maryland (October 24, 2013) Three employees recently sued Aero Service Group (ASG), a company...

Sep

25
2013

Thank you to Jean, Liz and Eliza!

  September 25, 2013: Advocate. Litigator. Coalition builder. These are all roles the Public Justice Center...

Sep

25
2013

Second time’s the charm: Court rules that arrestees have right to lawyer at initial bail determinations

  September 25, 2013:  You’ve been arrested on a Friday night and can’t afford bail. As the...

Sep

24
2013

Homeless families file lawsuit against Baltimore City Public Schools

  September 24, 2013: Represented by Public Justice Center, three homeless families filed a class action...

Sep

19
2013

Asbestos-abatement workers win big victory

  September 19, 2013: Hundreds of asbestos-abatement workers won a big victory on Tuesday, when Magistrate...

Aug

29
2013

PJC Profile: Tom Glancy

  August 29, 2013   It just kept popping up.    That’s what Tom...

Aug

06
2013

The Bells get justice

PJC attorney Zafar Shah with Sharon and Henry Bell Photo courtesy of the Right to Housing Allilance...

Jul

31
2013

Tenants in foreclosure stand up to Fannie Mae…and become homeowners

  July 31, 2013:  When Ethel Brown discovered that she was about to lose her home of 20 years because her...

Jul

31
2013

Reflections on a year of service and the path toward justice

By Eliza McDermott   July 31, 2013: I had the privilege to spend this past year as a staff member of the...

Jul

29
2013

Coalition urges Prince George's County Foreclosure Task Force to do more to help homeowners

July 29, 2013 The Public Justice Center joined the Take Back Your Home Coalition and other organizations in sending...

Jun

27
2013

A Student in Rent Court

  By Rebecca Cerasoli   June 27, 2013   On Friday, May 25, when Henry and...

Jun

26
2013

Low-wage construction workers win big victory

  June 26, 2013: Early this week, 80 low-wage construction workers won a big victory in the US District Court...

May

30
2013

PJC Profile: Nancy Kochuk

Wage liens and yoga   May 30, 2013: “I’m approaching one of those milestone birthdays...

Apr

30
2013

Agreement Reached In Lawsuit On Behalf Of Marylanders With Disabilities Seeking Medicaid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Camilla Roberson, Public Justice Center, (410) 625-9409 x224; Carolyn Johnson,...

Apr

25
2013

PJC signs onto brief in employment retaliation case

April 25, 2013: Dr. Naiel Nassar was a faculty member at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center and a doctor at...

Apr

25
2013

PJC Profile: Lainie Rutkow

Law, social justice and passion April 25, 2013 Lainie Rutkow is a lawyer, but you won’t...

Mar

21
2013

Call your Md. State Senator now! Vote YES on the HOME Act (SB 487)

March 21, 2013: For the first time in 20 years, a bill that will end source of income discrimination in Maryland, known...

Mar

20
2013

House committee vote today: Tell your Delegates to treat kids as kids in the criminal justice system

March 20, 2013 The House Judiciary Committee is voting today on HB 786 , which would stop the automatic...

Mar

14
2013

Committee vote today! Tell your Senators to treat kids as kids in the justice system

March 14, 2013 We need your help! In Maryland, youth 14 to 17 years of age must be charged as adults if they are...

Mar

13
2013

Tell your Senators: Support the Unpaid Wage Lien bill

March 13, 2013     A dollar earned should be a dollar paid. Why not in...

Mar

07
2013

Call your legislator to keep kids out of adult jails

March 7, 2013 Let’s keep kids out of adult jails! By law every youth as young as 14 years old who is charged...

Mar

04
2013

Tell your legislators: Stop non-judicial evictions

March 4, 2013: PJC attorney Matt Hill explains why non-judicial evictions must stop. Kristen...

Feb

28
2013

Lack of predictability in awarding attorney’s fees would limit access to justice

February 28, 2013: An employee sues his employer under the Wage Payment and Collection Law for not paying him all of his...

Feb

26
2013

Youth stories: In their own words

February 26, 2013: “When you lock a child up it is on their mind and heart for the rest of their lives.” So...

Feb

22
2013

Tell Maryland legislators to support the Unpaid Wage Lien Bills

February 22, 2013: Thousands of Maryland employers do not pay their workers the full amount they have earned, robbing...

Feb

22
2013

Tell your legislator: Family Comes First – Pass the Earned Sick & Safe Leave Act!

February 22, 2013: Everyone gets sick and everyone deserves the opportunity to recover without risking income or job...

Jan

31
2013

Maryland Lawmakers File Earned Sick and Safe Time Act

  Contact: Sarah Breitenbach sarah@jotf.org 443-692-9421 (Direct) 410-627-4375...

Jan

18
2013

Low-income Marylanders with disabilities file lawsuit over extensive Medicaid delays

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Camilla Roberson, Public Justice Center, (410) 625-9409 x224;...

Nov

20
2012

New country, new school

Unaccompanied immigrant children start school with help from the Public Justice Center November 20, 2012: Far...

Nov

16
2012

The Public Justice Center responds to HUD OIG audit report

November 16, 2012: The Public Justice Center (PJC) received $336,000 from Baltimore City under the Homelessness...

Oct

24
2012

Workers sue asbestos staffing agency for failing to pay for workplace safety protections

October 24, 2012: “It’s incredible; I have been forced to pay hundreds of dollars to make sure I don’t...

Sep

13
2012

New report: 10 ways to build the middle class for hard working Americans

September 13, 2012: The PJC’s Workplace Justice Project was pleased to see this new report, which addresses several...

Sep

10
2012

Workers get double wages in settlement with employer

September 10, 2012:  After not getting paid for their last few weeks on the job, five construction workers called...

Aug

23
2012

This is what education stability looks like!

Congrats! Formerly homeless students graduate from college August 23, 2012: We received these photos from...

Aug

20
2012

Mother of two wins foreclosure eviction case against U.S. Bank

August 20, 2012: In late December 2010, Judy Curtis received two notices simultaneously from U.S. Bank about a...

Jul

02
2012

All work, but no pay: Two wage theft cases filed

July 2, 2012:  Everyone wants to be paid for their work, so imagine how you’d feel if your employer decided...

Jun

29
2012

Locked out: Brief filed in case of surprise eviction

June 29, 2012:  When a bank buys a house at a foreclosure sale in Maryland and wants to eject a resident of the...

Jun

14
2012

Emergency benefits arriving on time, court ruling says

We hope Maryland can keep the streak going! June 14, 2012: When Miracyle Thompson applied for food stamps, she...

Jun

08
2012

Court ruling: Medicaid recipients can challenge D.C.’s unexplained denials of prescription drugs

June 8, 2012: More than 50 million Americans are covered by Medicaid, and most of them have no access to any other health...

May

29
2012

Levern and Brenda celebrate 15 years at the PJC

PJC family and friends gathered at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston on May 29 to celebrate Brenda Midkiff and Levern...

Apr

24
2012

PJC wins disability discrimination case before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

April 24, 2012: When Gilroy J. Daniels, Sr., couldn’t fully access Baltimore’s Lexington Market using his...

Mar

16
2012

PJC’s Workplace Justice Project files health and safety complaint on behalf of asbestos workers

March 16, 2012 -- Everyone wants to feel safe at work. But for asbestos workers hired by WMS Solutions, LLC, a safe and...

Feb

29
2012

PJC represents home health care worker in wage theft appeal

February 29, 2012 -- For over a year, her employer had denied her overtime pay. This home health care worker had...

Feb

22
2012

Victories for renters' rights

February 22, 2011: “My landlord won’t make repairs.” “I only discovered that my landlord was in...

Jan

26
2012

Mother's win affirms rights of persons with disabilities

January 26, 2012: How does a two-year-old boy get kicked out of daycare? Lisa Meade is a mother whose allergy to latex is...

Jan

10
2012

Help us to Move Maryland Forward in 2012

We are excited to announce that the Just Kids  Partnership has joined the  Moving Maryland  Forward...

Jan

03
2012

NLRB decision upholds workers’ right to stand against unfair labor practices

January 3, 2012 -- Banning workers from taking class or collective action is an unfair labor practice, according to the...

Dec

05
2011

Deb Gardner wins Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award

              On December 5, 2011,...

Oct

25
2011

Tell TransUnion: Don't put workers in the Credit Catch-22

October 25, 2011: The Public Justice Center has co-signed an open letter to credit reporting giant TransUnion, calling on...

Oct

19
2011

Every child in school every day

October 19, 2011 “Legal work is often about dismantling or attacking injustice. This project has been a way...

Oct

16
2011

Matthew Hill wins Housing Justice Award

  On Sunday, October 16, 2011, the Housing Justice Network surprised Public Justice Center attorney Matthew...

Sep

30
2011

Victory for homeowners in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals

On September 30, 2011, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued a published decision affirming that a bank could not...

Sep

23
2011

O'sPD Nights at Camden Yards

September 23, 2011 -- Thanks to Lou Curran and the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender for organizing O’sPD...

Sep

21
2011

Court decision upholds right to challenge ongoing employer harassment and retaliation

September 21, 2011 - Two years after the choir director began working at the church, one of the church’s most...

Sep

07
2011

Maryland Rules changes protect low-income consumers

On September 7, 2011, the Maryland Court of Appeals voted to approve proposed revisions to the Maryland Rules of...

Aug

31
2011

Drywall workers receive long-overdue wages in case settlement

August 31, 2011: At the end of August 2011, the PJC’s Workplace Justice Project reached a settlement with defendant...


Jul

19
2011

Decision in Parks v. Alpharma, Inc.

July 19, 2011:  On March 7, 2011, the Public Justice Center, joined by the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association...

Jul

18
2011

The right to a fair hearing: Decision in Brooks v. Maryland Health Insurance Plan

July 18, 2011:  Unable to find health insurance because of his pre-existing health conditions, Mr. Brooks enrolled...

Jul

05
2011

The PJC Urges Maryland Court of Special Appeals to Declare Surprise Evictions in Foreclosure Context Unlawful

July 5, 2011:   The house you’ve been renting has been foreclosed and you are negotiating your move-out date...

Jul

01
2011

Tempering the debt crisis for low-income homeowners

July 1, 2011: When a local couple defaulted on a residential mortgage loan, the court awarded SunTrust Bank a default...

Jun

20
2011

Dukes v. Wal-Mart Plaintiffs Vow to Fight for Justice

Supreme Court Ruling Does Not Decide Merits of Class Action Sex Discrimination Case June 20, 2011:  The...

May

13
2011

Maryland Access to Justice Commission Outstanding Program of the Year Award

May 13, 2011 2011 Honoree: Tenants in Foreclosure Project of the Public Justice Center A new project created...

May

06
2011

Public Justice Center releases 2011 legislative report

May 6, 2011: Living in poverty in America is usually described in terms of hardship, lack of resources, and denied...

May

03
2011

Accessing the courts to access public accommodations: PJC files Fourth Circuit brief in disability discrimination case

May 3, 2011: Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the hope of creating equal opportunities for...

Apr

22
2011

Court decision protects online advocacy and education

April 22, 2011: Public interest legal advocates should not be liable for defamation simply for sharing litigation...

Apr

12
2011

UMBC students hold bake sale for PJC’s Workplace Justice Project

April 12, 2011:  It’s mid-morning, and John is hungry. He stops by a bake sale and asks for the price of a...

Mar

22
2011

Trying Kids as Adults: Policies are Changing

March 22, 2011: Baltimore, MD – Maryland is among more than 20 states in the United States that have changed or are...

Mar

14
2011

Renters Have Rights! Campaign Launched

March 14, 2011 -- In a press conference on March 14, the Public Justice Center and the Baltimore Homeownership...

Mar

07
2011

Protecting Whistleblowers from Retaliation

March 7, 2011: An employee who courageously speaks up to challenge employer conduct that places the public’s health...

Feb

14
2011

Encouraging Enforcement of Maryland's Wage Laws

February 14, 2011: A legal right means little if it cannot be enforced. Despite the alarming prevalence of wage theft...

Jan

27
2011

Court decision requires reform in Baltimore City foster care

BALTIMORE, MD, January 27, 2011. – The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has rejected an...

Jan

20
2011

Thank You and Farewell, Wendy!

January 20, 2011: For more than eight years, Wendy Hess has been a dedicated advocate for the PJC. She will soon be...

Jan

04
2011

Laid Off for Using Family Leave

January 4, 2011: Sometimes a seemingly small instance of discrimination against an employee can set off a chain of events...

Dec

23
2010

Public Justice Center Files Fourth Circuit Brief in Disability Discrimination Case

December 23, 2010: On a cold January evening, several deputies from the Frederick County Sheriff’s office arrived...

Dec

20
2010

Court decision upholds right to timely access to public information

On December 20, 2010, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in Ireland v. Shearin (No. 26, Sept. Term 2010) reversing...

Dec

16
2010

Public Justice Center Honors Recipients of John P. Sarbanes Courage Awards and Volunteer Award

December 16, 2010: Each year, the staff of the Public Justice Center selects clients or partners to receive the John P....

Dec

03
2010

PJC Files Brief in Case of Overcharged Insurance

December 3, 2010: After his title insurance company overcharged him, Maurice Carter brought a class action lawsuit,...

Nov

18
2010

PJC Files Suit on Behalf of Construction Workers

November 18, 2010: Coinciding with the National Day of Action Against Wage Theft on November 18, the Workplace Justice...

Oct

22
2010

PJC files brief: Church Denied Opportunity to Address Debt through Foreclosure Process

October 22, 2010: In some cases, going through the foreclosure process is the better option. Now before you...

Oct

08
2010

Brief Filed on Foster Child's Survivor Benefits

On October 8, 2010, the Public Justice Center (PJC), along with Legal Aid Bureau, Randall & Sonnier, Children’s...

Oct

04
2010

New Report: Get-Tough-On-Crime Policies not Working for Youth Charged as Adults

October 4, 2010: BALTIMORE - A new report finds that, in Baltimore, most criminal cases of youth who were automatically...

Aug

25
2010

Baltimore County Homeless Students Achieve School Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Debra Gardner, PJC, 410 625 9409 x228; Phyllis Reese, BCPS, 410 887 2010...

Jul

27
2010

Court of Appeals Protects Debtors from Excessive Liability for Creditors’ Attorney’s Fees

On July 27, 2010, the Court of Appeals of Maryland issued a favorable decision in three consolidated cases in which the...

Jul

27
2010

Public Justice Center Thanks Law Firm Community for Support

The Public Justice Center deeply appreciates the generosity of the law firm community during our 2009-2010 campaign. Thirty...

Jul

23
2010

Public Justice Center Files Suit on Behalf of Workers

July 23, 2010: “We want to live humanely.” So says one of ten workers not paid their promised wages or...

Jul

21
2010

Fourth Circuit Publishes Opinion Reinforcing Importance of Inmate’s Right to Safety and Access to Justice

On July 20, 20100, the United States Court of Appeals published its previously unpublished opinion in Brown v. N.C....

Jul

08
2010

PJC Attorney John Pollock Publishes Article on Right to Counsel in MIE Journal

Public Justice Center attorney John Pollock recently published an article in the summer issue of MIE Journal highlighting how...

Jun

17
2010

High Court Ruling: Bank Cannot Take Home of Foreclosure Rescue Scam Victim

On June 16, 2010, in Julian v. Buonassissi, No. 37, Sept. Term 2009, the Maryland Court of Appeals vindicated the rights of...

Jun

08
2010

New Court Rule Protects Tenants in Foreclosure from Short-Notice Eviction

Imagine that your landlord is in foreclosure and a bank just bought the house where you live. Without checking to see if...

Jun

01
2010

Walking Before Running: Implementation of a Right to Counsel in Civil Cases

Walking Before Running: Implementation of a Right to Counsel in Civil Cases MIE Journal An article by PJC attorney...

May

27
2010

PJC Asserts Foster Kids’ Rights to Decent Care: Brief Filed in Court of Appeals in L.J. v. Donald

An ongoing lawsuit to protect the health, safety, and well-being of 5,000 children in foster care in Baltimore City took...

May

25
2010

PJC Supports Vulnerable Consumer’s Right to Jury Trial

Carter Bradley allegedly died from infected bed sores when he was denied proper care at a nursing home. After his death, his...

May

14
2010

Court of Appeals Protects Health Care Whistleblowers in Recent Decision

On May 13, 2010, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a decision in Lark v. Montgomery Hospice, Inc., a case in which the...

May

05
2010

PJC Receives Generous Cy Pres Award

We are delighted to announce that PJC is the recipient of a generous cy pres award of $202,000. The PJC was one of 13...

Apr

27
2010

Breaking News: PJC is Co-Counsel in Largest Discrimination Lawsuit in U.S. History

Monday, April 26, 2010 Contact: Art Silverman art@turnerstrategies.com 202-365-5554 Largest Discrimination...

Apr

26
2010

Public Justice Center Releases 2010 Legislative Session Report

As legal advocates for people living in poverty, it is not enough that we simply work within the existing framework of...

Apr

22
2010

Maryland’s High Court Affirms Right of Prisoner to Refuse Medical Treatment like Any Other Competent, Fully Informed Adult

On October 26, 2009, the Public Justice Center led a coalition including the Maryland Disability Law Center, the American...

Apr

21
2010

PJC Attorney Wendy Hess Speaks on Panel at JHU School of Public Health

On April 21, 2010, Wendy Hess was a panelist at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Forum on Correctional Health. She...

Apr

16
2010

PJC Leads Coalition of Employment and Disability Rights Advocates on Behalf of Elementary School Art Teacher

Austine Fink was an elementary school art teacher when she was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition of the esophagus. As...

Apr

06
2010

2010 audit of the Maryland inmate healthcare system finds numerous inadequacies in delivery of healthcare and monitoring of for-profit contractors’ performance.

April 6, 2010: In 2007, the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits (OLA) issued a scathing report on the state of inmate...

Mar

29
2010

Legislative Alert - Don't Hold Law Clinics Hostage

CALL YOUR DELEGATE TODAY AND TELL THEM TO VOTE AGAINST ANY PROPOSAL THAT CONDITIONS RECEIPT OF FUNDS BY THE LAW SCHOOL AND...

Mar

19
2010

Legislative Alert - PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL MEMBER OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE NOW!

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL MEMBERS OF THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE NOW!   SB 312 – a bill that would limit...

Mar

17
2010

Legislative Alert: Support Workers' Rights to Overtime Payment

CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW! TELL THEM TO SUPPORT WORKERS' RIGHTS TO OVERTIME PAYMENT BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF HB 214 AND SB 694....

Mar

15
2010

Legislative Alert: Urge Your Representatives to Support Legislation Limiting Credit Checks

URGE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE TO SUPPORT HB 175/SB 312 - LIMITING CREDIT CHECKS LEGISLATION   This week, the House Economic...

Mar

12
2010

Settlement Agreement Reach in Duvall v. O'Malley

Today, the United States District Court approved the settlement agreement reached between Maryland and the Public Justice...

Mar

11
2010

PJC Film Begins Regular Showings In Baltimore City Rent Court

March 11, 2011 -- We are very pleased to announce that the PJC’s film “Stand Up For Yourself In Baltimore...

Mar

11
2010

Legislative Updates

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES Half way through the 2010 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, the PJC is seeing progress on bills...

Mar

01
2010

Reportable Event – Perez v. Mountaire Farms, Inc.

On March 1, 2010, the Public Justice Center (PJC), along with the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, Metropolitan...

Feb

21
2010

Legislative Alert: CALL OR EMAIL YOUR SENATORS: SUPPORT SENATE BILL 243 THAT PROHIBITS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST TENANTS AND HOMEBUYERS BASED ON THEIR SOURCE OF INCOME

Discrimination based on source of income effectively bars many Marylanders who depend upon government benefits and other...

Jan

11
2010

Fourth Circuit Vindicates Inmate’s Right To Safety And Access To Justice

On January 11, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rendered an opinion in Brown v. N.C. D.O.C.,...

Jan

07
2010

Court Orders JP Morgan to Comply With Federal Law Protecting Renters in Foreclosure

On January 7, 2010, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City vacated an order granting possession of a Baltimore City home to...

Dec

17
2009

Maryland Tenants and Foreclosure Conference

On December 17, 2009, a Maryland Tenants in Foreclosure Conference will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond,...

Dec

15
2009

Reportable Event - Henriquez v. Henriquez

On December 15, 2009, the Public Justice Center (PJC), along with the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, the Legal...

Dec

11
2009

Washington Post Article: No Food Stamps Blamed on Md.

No food stamps blamed on Md. AID DELAYED TO THOUSANDS Judge gives state 45 days to come up with plan By Henri E. Cauvin...

Dec

10
2009

News Flash: Victory in Thompson Case

Judge Barry G. Williams in Thompson et al v. Donald issued ruling from the bench this morning. He found that the Department...

Nov

17
2009

Who's Holding the Net?

On Tuesday, November 17, 25 people joined PJC Executive Director John Nethercut and Legal Director, Deb Gardner for a...

Nov

06
2009

PJC Argues Attorneys Fees In Routine Collection Cases Against Homeowners Should Be Limited

Homeowners’ Association Appeal On November 6, 2009, the Public Justice Center (PJC), along with Civil Justice, the...

Oct

26
2009

PJC LEADS BRIEF ARGUING THAT COMPETENT, INFORMED INMATE HAS SAME RIGHT TO REFUSE MEDICAL TREATMENT AS OTHER ADULTS

On October 26, 2009, the Public Justice Center lead a coalition including the Maryland Disability Law Center, the American...

Oct

16
2009

A New Day for Foster Children in Baltimore

October 16, 2009: In June 2009, after twenty-one years of non-compliance by the State of Maryland and the Baltimore City...

Oct

16
2009

PJC Amicus Brief Fights Sexual Harassment & Retaliation in the Workplace

On October 16, 2009, the Public Justice Center (PJC) filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in the case of Prince of...

Oct

13
2009

Call to Action - People Are Dying

“Being tough on crime shouldn’t mean putting prisoners’ lives at risk through blatantly inadequate...

Sep

10
2009

Where We Stand - A Letter to the Community

In September, the PJC sent this letter to our donors to explain where we stand in the midst of these challenging economic...

Aug

18
2009

Detainee Medical and Mental Health Care Will Improve As a Result of Agreement to Settle Longstanding Lawsuit

ACLU Forces Sweeping Improvements At Baltimore City Jail (8/18/2009) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Will...

Aug

13
2009

The Public Justice Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland Win Victory in Massey v. Galley

The Public Justice Center and American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland won an important victory for citizens’ rights...

Aug

05
2009

PJC Asserts Rights of Workers to Prove Illegal, Discriminatory Motives in the Workplace

On July 30, 2009, the PJC filed a friend of the court brief in Ruffin v. Gasper in the Maryland Court of Appeals.  The...

Aug

03
2009

Private Bar Donors Recognized in Daily Record Advertisement

The Public Justice Center appreciates the generous outpouring of support from the law firm community from July 1, 2008 - June...

Jul

20
2009

PJC Files Opening Brief on Behalf of Homeowner Caught Up in a Foreclosure Rescue Scam

The Public Justice Center has taken yet another step to advance the interests of persons marginalized in the present...

Jul

20
2009

PJC Joins the ACLU of Maryland to Hold Public Officials Accountable in Court

On July 14, 2009, the Public Justice Center joined in an amicus curiae brief filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of...

Jun

23
2009

Proposed Settlement of Foster Care Class Action Suit Against Baltimore City

For Immediate release: June 23, 2009   Proposed Settlement of Foster Care Class Action Suit Against Baltimore City...

Jun

15
2009

ABA Civil Right to Counsel Fellow, John Pollock, Participates in Access to Justice Conference

June 15, 2009: On May 30, 2009, John participated in an Access to Justice Conference in Yakima, WA.  He sat on a...

Jun

15
2009

June is National Smile Month

On June 5, 2009, Oral Health America (a national organization that promotes better oral health for all Americans, especially...

Jun

15
2009

"Youth Entering Foster Care" Film Premiere

June 15, 2009: Foster Youth Incorporated will be hosting a film premiere of their first film, "Youth Entering Foster...

Jun

02
2009

PJC Files Brief to Ensure Equal Access to Justice for LEP Persons

On May 29, 2009, the Public Justice Center, acting as co-counsel in the representation of Ms. Rungrudee Nonceeya, filed an...

May

29
2009

Donor Inspires Us With $10,000 Gift

May 29, 2009:  The Public Justice Center is proud to announce and cheer a record-breaking gift from supporter Ellie...

May

21
2009

2009 Legislative Report

The Public Justice Center's 2009 Legislative Report Every year, Maryland's General Assembly meets for 90...

May

21
2009

John Nethercut, PJC Executive Director, featured on NPR

On Tuesday, May 19th, John Nethercut was featured on NPR to discuss the crisis surrounding tenants when the properties they...

May

21
2009

New Federal Law Extends Lease of Tenants in Foreclosures

On May 20, 2009, Congress and President Obama signed a federal law , S. 896 that provides that tenants' leases will survive...

May

08
2009

Sally Dworak-Fisher, PJC Attorney, Publishes Article in Clearinghouse Review Journal

PJC Staff Attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher recently authored an article published in the March-April 2009 issue of the...

May

08
2009

Spotlight on PJC Volunteer: Harvey Kour

Harvey Kaur, a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, was awarded the 2009 Abell Award in Urban Policy through a writing...

May

08
2009

Laurie Norris, PJC Attorney, Presents at the National Oral Health Conference in Portland, Oregon

The American Board of Public Health Dentistry (ABPHD) invited Laurie Norris to address two "plenary" audiences of...

Apr

30
2009

Brooks v. MHIP Amicus Brief Filed

On April 27, 2009, the Public Justice Center joined by the American Cancer Society South Atlantic Division, American...

Apr

29
2009

Class Action Plaintiff Sues State for Lagging in Mandated Quick Delivery of Emergency Food, Cash Assistance and Medical Help

April 29, 2009 A Baltimore County resident today sued Maryland’s Department of Human Resources (DHR) Secretary,...

Mar

26
2009

PJC and FYI to speak on panels this Saturday

Debra Gardner, Legal Director of the PJC and Shantel Randolph, OSI Fellow and Director of Foster Youth Incorporated, will be...

Mar

23
2009

PJC Attorney Attests to the Increase in Homelessness of School Children

The following article appeared in the new online newspaper Investigative Voice about the increase in homelessness among...

Mar

17
2009

Employees Score Tremendous Victory in the Court of Appeals

March 17, 2009: Earlier this year, the PJC joined by the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association filed an amicus brief in...

Mar

12
2009

PJC and Civil Justice Attack Foreclosure Scams

The Public Justice Center, acting as co-counsel with Civil Justice, Inc., represents Harriette Julian, a homeowner who was...

Mar

04
2009

Of Service: New film will help balance scales of justice in Baltimore City rent court

Of Service: New film will help balance scales of justice in Baltimore City rent court JOE SURKIEWICZ Special to The Daily...

Feb

13
2009

Call to Action: Protect Tenants in Foreclosures

February 13, 2009: What happens to the tenants if a landlord has not paid the mortgage, and now the bank wants to...

Feb

06
2009

PJC Files Three Briefs, On Behalf of an Employee, A Nursing Home Resident, and a Prisoner

The economy may have slowed, but the Public Justice Center's Appellate Advocacy Project has entered 2009 with a blitz of...

Feb

02
2009

Dental Access for Children Nationally and Locally

February 2, 2009: We were excited to learn that one of the PJC's key issues is also high on the list of priorities...

Jan

30
2009

Dental Action Committee's Interim Report

John M. Colmers, Secretary Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 201 W. Preston St., Suite 500 Baltimore, MD...

Dec

16
2008

"Are Schools Making the Grade When It Comes to Serving All Children?" at Justice for Breakfast

December 16, 2008, 8:15 a.m. Justice for Breakfast Series: "Are Schools Making the Grade When It Comes to...

Nov

30
2008

PJC Seeks Support for Spanish Language Version of "Beyond Debate: Rights of Homeless Students"

Homeless Children Have the Right to Education: Help Us Empower Them   THE PROBLEM: Tens of thousands of Maryland...

Nov

23
2008

Abell Foundation Salutes PJC and CPHA for Clean Streets Bill

The Abell Foundation, in its latest "Abell Report," salutes the Public Justice Center (PJC) and Citizens...

Nov

18
2008

"Using Film as a Social Justice Tool" at Justice for Breakfast

November 18, 2008 Justice for Breakfast Series: Using Film as a Social Justice Tool For many years, the...

Nov

13
2008

Governor Honored For Support for Children's Dental Care

On November 13, 2008, the Dental Action Committee honored Governor O'Malley for his contributions to access to dental care...

Nov

06
2008

Court Decision Enables More Seniors to Choose Home and Community Based Services

On November 6, 2008, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a favorable decision that should enable more seniors to remain...

Oct

17
2008

New Quarterly eNewsletter Will Cover Advocacy for Civil Right to Counsel

The Public Justice Center has been a leader in developing the Civil Right to Counsel movement around the country.  In...

Oct

17
2008

"Access to Education for Children in State-Supervised Care" Handbook Published

October 17, 2008:  On October 17 2008, the Public Justice Center, in collaboration with the Department of Human...

Oct

10
2008

Op-Ed in Examiner: Ten Years After Matthew Shepard

http://www.baltimoreexaminer.com/opinion/Ten_years_after_Matthew_Shepard.html     Ten years after Matthew Shepard...

Oct

03
2008

PJC Files Amicus in Wrongful Termination for Political Speech case

On October 3, 2008, Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow Matthew Hill filed an amicus brief on behalf of the PJC in the...

Sep

21
2008

Inmate dies at Central Booking, complaining of denied health care

The following article in the Baltimore Examiner shows again that denied health care to detainees in the city jail may be life...

Sep

17
2008

Baltimore Public interest law firm targets system to help individuals

By G. M. Corrigan Examiner Correspondent 9/17/08 BALTIMORE – The legal services equivalent of...

Sep

17
2008

Examiner's "What's Working" Column Features Public Justice Center

Baltimore public interest law firm targets system to help individuals By G. M. Corrigan Examiner Correspondent...

Sep

12
2008

PJC Brief Argues Right to Counsel at Bail Hearing

On September 12, 2008, Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow Gregory Care filed an amicus brief on behalf of the PJC in the...

Sep

10
2008

Court Strikes Challenge to Transgender Bias Law

September 10, 2008: On September 9, 2008, the Court of Appeals issued a brief per curiam order in favor of the Appellants...

Sep

10
2008

Premiere at Center Stage of "Beyond Debate: Rights of Homeless Students"

On September 10th at Center Stage in Baltimore, the Public Justice Center and the Megaphone Project premiered the release of...

Sep

09
2008

Court of Appeals set to rule on transgender rights vote

September 9, 2008: Although not mentioned in this article, Murnaghan Fellow Greg Care wrote an amicus brief for the PJC...

Sep

05
2008

ABAG's Adventures in Philanthropy Column

"Charitable Giving: Public Justice Center Film on Homeless School Children Illuminates Tough Issue" By...

Sep

02
2008

Residency policy unfair to homeless children

The Baltimore County public schools' new residency policy may prove to be an illegal barrier to the education of homeless...

Aug

22
2008

Court Restricts Attorney Fees in Tax Sale Foreclosure When Plaintiff and Attorney Are Related

August 22, 2008: Circuit Court Judge Evelyn Cannon continues to hold the line on attorney's fees in tax sale...

Aug

20
2008

PJC Files Brief in Election Referendum Case

On August 20, 2008, Murnaghan Fellow Gregory Care filed an amicus brief in the Maryland Court of Appeals in the election...

Aug

12
2008

PJC's Latest Film: Beyond Debate: Rights of Homeless Students

BEYOND DEBATE: RIGHTS OF HOMELESS STUDENTS A 15 minute film produced by the Public Justice Center and Megaphone Project,...

Jul

21
2008

PJC's 2008 Legislative Report

July 21, 2008 -- Click here for the PJC’s 2008 Legislative Report, covering our work in the Maryland General...

Jul

03
2008

PJC Briefs Disabled Olympian Athletes' Claim for Equal Support to U.S. Supreme Court

On July 3, 2008, Murnaghan Fellow Gregory Care filed an amicus brief in support of a certiorari petition in the U.S. Supreme...

Jul

01
2008

Dental Association Backs Medicaid Dental Reform

The landscape on oral health care for poor children in Maryland changed significantly on July 1, 2008, when a significant...

Jun

14
2008

Free Transportation OKed for Homeless Students

Local Free transportation OK’d for homeless students Luke Broadwater, The Examiner 2008-06-14 16:26:00.0 Current rank: #...

May

22
2008

PJC's Deb Gardner Wins Equal Justice Council Award for Civil Gideon Work

May 22, 2008 -- PJC Board, Staff, and Civil Gideon Friends, Please join me in congratulating Deb Gardner, PJC’s...

May

09
2008

Homeless Children Suit Settles Against Baltimore County

Homeless students in Baltimore County, represented by the Public Justice Center, have reached a settlement agreement with the...

May

08
2008

New Maryland Regulations Require Simplified and Uniform Process to Enroll Children in School

The PJC is very pleased to announce that after long advocacy in the regulatory arena, the Maryland State Department of...

May

05
2008

Audacious Idea: connecting foster youth with mentors

Everyday Heroes Monday, May 5, 2008 Posted by Shantel Randolph, OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow, under Simple...

Apr

28
2008

The death of a boy prompts Maryland to improve dental care for the poor.

Following is an editorial in the Washington Post, lauding the Maryland General Assembly’s decisions to begin increasing the...

Apr

24
2008

PJC Calls for Transparency and Accountability to End Prison Violence

The following editorial opinion appeared in the Baltimore Sun today. Written by PJC attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher, it calls...

Apr

23
2008

Law Review Article and Key Note Speech on Right to Counsel in Civil Cases in Maryland

The Civil Right to Counsel movement was the subject a symposium sponsored by the University of Baltimore Law Review last...

Apr

22
2008

Youth shelter in city to close after 38 years

April 22, 2008: Public Justice Center E-Alert Please see the article in the Baltimore Sun below on the sad closing...

Apr

22
2008

Dental Hygienists Can Now Treat Patients Without Dentists

Following is an article noting a legislative victory from the last General Assembly Session: the Public Justice Center,...

Apr

20
2008

Budget Approved to Increase Dental Care for Maryland Children

Following is an article in the Washington Post heralding the advances made to ensure dental health for Maryland’s...

Apr

16
2008

PJC Amicus Brief Supports Nurse Whistleblower

On April 16, 2008, Murnaghan Fellow Gregory Care filed an amicus brief in the Maryland Court of Appeals in the nurse...

Mar

21
2008

PJC Policy Director Featured in Baltimore Gay Life Magazine

Click here to read an article published in the Baltimore Gay Life Magazine featuring PJC's Policy Director, Mark Jason McLaurin.

Mar

14
2008

PJC Attorney Norris Named 2008 Public Citizen of Year

On Friday, March 14, 2008, PJC Attorney Laurie Norris was named 2008 Public Citizen of the Year by the Maryland Chapter of...

Mar

07
2008

PJC Argues Prisoner Right to Public Info in Court of Special Appeals

On March 7, 2008, PJC Attorney Wendy Hess argued before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on the case of Massey v....

Feb

27
2008

Court Upholds Attorney Fee Award to Unpaid Worker

On February 27, 2008, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a decision that will make it more likely that low-income...

Feb

18
2008

YOU are invited to Dental Action Day Feb. 29

February 18, 2008 Public Justice Center Call To Action YOU are invited to Dental Action Day Sponsored...

Feb

06
2008

DHMH Withdraws Missed Appointment Proposed Regulation In Response to PJC Letter.

February 6, 2008: PJC Attorney Laurie Norris recently scored a quick victory through administrative advocacy. Proposed...

Jan

29
2008

Regulations on Prisoner Grievances Reviewed at PJC and ACLU Request

On Monday, January 28, 2008, the Public Justice Center, the ACLU of Maryland, and the ACLU National Prison Project sent...

Jan

17
2008

PJC New Film: The Silent Epidemic: Dental Disease Among Maryland's Children

The Public Justice Center, in conjunction with The Megaphone Project and Advocates for Children and Youth, has produced The...

Jan

09
2008

Court Upholds Denial of Drivers License to Immigrant

January 9, 2008: The Court of Appeals issued a 5-2 decision on January 9, 2008, today in Alavez v. MVA , a case on which...

Jan

07
2008

Call to Action: Support Same Sex Marriage Bill

January 7, 2008: Please join the Public Justice Center in calling your legislators to co-sponsor or support the Religious...

Dec

26
2007

Culture of violence pervades prisons

Following is a letter to the editor co-authored by PJC Attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher on the culture of violence in...

Dec

21
2007

The Pain of Foreclosure

Following is an article in the Washington Post highlighting the plaintiff in Griffin v. Bierman, who is represented by our...

Dec

20
2007

PJC in the Human Rights Arena

The Public Justice Center endorsed, and in one instance, significantly contributed to, three shadow reports filed with the...

Dec

13
2007

Court Adopts PJC Argument to Issue New Limits on Tax Sale Foreclosure Attorneys Fees

On December 12, 2007, the Honorable Evelyn Omega Cannon of the Baltimore City Circuit Court issued a lengthy opinion...

Dec

05
2007

PJC Brief Challenges Due Process in Foreclosures

On December 5, 2007, the Public Justice Center, along with nine other national and local consumer and housing advocate amici,...

Nov

30
2007

Court Victory in Source of Income Discrimination in Montgomery County

On November 30, 2007, the Maryland Court of Appeals delivered a resounding victory to local governments and low-income...

Nov

16
2007

PJC and ACLU brief prisoner right to public information

The Public Justice Center and American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland are fighting for citizens’ rights under the Maryland...

Nov

12
2007

New OSI Baltimore Community Fellows Joins the PJC

Shantel Randolph joined the PJC family in November 2007. Shantel has been awarded a 15 month OSI-Baltimore Community...

Nov

05
2007

Baltimore City Foster Children File Contempt Motion in 1988 Consent Decree

After 20 years of noncompliance with a court order to remedy problems with Baltimore City’s foster care system, the...

Oct

23
2007

PJC's Annual Report for 2007 is published

Click here to read the Public Justice Center's Annual Report for FY 2007 (July 2006 through June 2007).

Oct

22
2007

PJC Responds to Mayor's Comments that Prisons are "Country Clubs"

PJC Attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher responded to Mayor Dixon's recent comment that prisons are "country clubs" with the...

Oct

07
2007

Maryland Inmate AIDS Cases Doubled, Report Says

JC Attorney Sally-Dworak-Fisher is quoted in this article noting the skyrocketing numbers of inmates with AIDS. ...

Oct

02
2007

Congressional Report Finds Inadequate Dental Health for Kids

On October 2, 2007, the Domestic Policy Sub-Committee of the U.S. House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform...

Oct

01
2007

Mayor Signs Clean Streets Bill at Press Conference -- PJC monitors implementation

On October 1st, Mayor Sheila Dixon, flanked by bill sponsor Councilperson Ken Harris and Council President Stephanie...

Oct

01
2007

Clean Streets Law Goes Into Effect; New Brochure Explains Procedures

On October 1, 2007, the City of Baltimore will have a new law that provides basic and better justice for tenants, relief...

Sep

24
2007

Amicus Brief Urges Lower Attorney Fees for Paying Off Tax Foreclosures

On September 24, 2007, the Public Justice Center filed an amicus brief urging the court to apply established criteria for...

Sep

11
2007

Dental Action Committee Recommendations to Improve Children’s Dental Health in Maryland

On September 11, 2007, the Dental Action Committee issued its final report to the Secretary of Maryland’s...

Sep

10
2007

Dental Reform Movement Pushes On

By Mary Otto Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, September 10, 2007; B01 Six months ago, the death of...

Aug

30
2007

Op Ed in Examiner: Time for community to end violence against women

Time for community to end violence against women Headlines are made when terrible things happen in “good” neighborhoods....

Aug

22
2007

Inmate health care cost called 'shocking'

Len Lazarick, The Examiner 2007-08-22 07:00:00.0 Current rank: # 134 of 6,515 Annapolis - Taxpayers dole out $5,000...

Aug

20
2007

Letters to Editor Decrying Confusing Driving Ability with Immigration Status

Following are two letters to the editor, the first by PJC attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher, responding to the Baltimore Sun's...

Aug

20
2007

Letters to Editor Decrying Confusing Driving Ability with Immigration Status

Following are two letters to the editor, the first by PJC attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher, responding to the Baltimore Sun's...

Aug

16
2007

PJC Brief Supports Prisoner Desperately Trying to Make a Claim

On August 16, 2007, the PJC filed a brief in the Court of Special Appeals on behalf of Curtis Brown, a former inmate, in a...

Aug

16
2007

Learning from our Children's Pain

The Afro Learning from our children’s pain Thursday, August 16, 2007 Elijah E. Cummings When I was young, I...

Aug

09
2007

Accord to advance dental care for kids

The PJC's efforts to ensure dental care for poor children, a major focus of our work since the death of Deamonte...

Aug

08
2007

Baltimore City Council Poised to Pass Clean Streets Bill

On Monday, August 13, at 5:00 pm the Baltimore City Council could give final approval to a bill that would clean up...

Jul

27
2007

Congressman Sarbanes Co-sponsors Homeless Education Improvement Act

On July 27, 2007, Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-13th/IL) was joined by Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-7th/AZ) and...

Jul

13
2007

Remember Deamonte? Washington Post Editorial

Remember Deamonte? The Senate needs to step up on dental care for children. Friday, July 13, 2007; Page A16...

Jun

30
2007

4 letters and 2 months for prisoner to get safe prescription

June 30, 2007: Our Prisoners Rights team is regularly called upon to intervene when a detainee at the Baltimore City...

Jun

25
2007

Brief Filed in 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for Chicken Processing Workers

On June 25, 2007, the Public Justice Center, as part of Plaintiffs’ counsel team, co-authored a brief filed in the...

Jun

20
2007

Landlords, tenants weigh in on evictions

Landlords, tenants weigh in on evictions Bill to keep 'chattel' off street is debated By Sumathi Reddy Sun reporter June...

Jun

18
2007

Cummings assails Medicaid dental coverage

Congressman calls for reform in wake of death of Prince George's Co. youth By Lynn Anderson Sun Reporter...

Jun

12
2007

The Divide in Caring for Our Kids: New York Times Editorial

OP-ED COLUMNIST The Divide in Caring for Our Kids By BOB HERBERT A few weeks ago, Teri Hatcher, one of the stars of...

May

28
2007

Congressional Testimony on Status of Child Welfare in Baltimore

On May 28, 2007, important testimony was submitted to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. The testimony is entitled...

May

11
2007

Call Council President to Support Clean Streets!

Advocates for tenants and cleaner neighborhoods have joined forces with the Mayor to STOP HAVING OUR STUFF THROWN OUT ON...

May

07
2007

Rally at City Hall to End Dumping Tenants' Belongings in Street

Public Justice Center E-Alert Friends: The Rental Housing Coalition , a coalition of tenant and community...

May

02
2007

PJC Testifies Before US Congress on Dental Health

On May 2, 2007, PJC Attorney Laurie Norris testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives to tell the...

Apr

19
2007

OpEd in Examiner: Maryland Marriage Evolving Towards Equality

The following editorial opinion was written by PJC Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow Janet Hostetler, following up on the...

Apr

11
2007

PJC joins ACLU brief on custody & visitation rights of same-sex parents

Amicus Brief in Janice M. v. Margaret K., Maryland Court of Appeals Case No. 122 (Sept. Term 2006) The Public Justice...

Apr

06
2007

Dying in Jail, With or Without Charges

April 6, 2007: The following case recently handled by PJC Legal Assistant Alexandra Taylor illustrates one aspect of how...

Apr

05
2007

PJC Presents at Two Civil Gideon Conferences

Equal Justice Conference: The fight for a civil right to counsel continued to gain support and momentum at this year's...

Mar

27
2007

PJC Alert: Call Governor & Mayor: Don't Evict Grieving Family Members

Stymied by the deference paid to the City Administration here in Annapolis, advocates have gone to the fourth branch of...

Mar

27
2007

PJC Signs onto Two Amicus Briefs in Discrimination Cases in Supreme Court

The PJC's Appellate Advocacy Project recently signed on as amicus curiae to two important civil rights briefs filed in the...

Mar

27
2007

PJC & National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel Case in Washington State

The PJC's Appellate Advocacy Project authored an amicus curiae brief filed on March 23, 2007, for the National Coalition for...

Mar

14
2007

State may not force medication on mental patients absent danger

The Court of Appeals has issued a favorable and important decision upholding a mental patient's right to refuse forcible...

Mar

01
2007

Audit Finds Significant Noncompliance in Inmate Health Services

The Office of Legislative Audits audited the health care contracts state-wide to examine (1) the staffing levels, and (2)...

Feb

28
2007

For Want of a Dentist, a Boy Dies

Public Justice Center E-Alert Board, Staff, and Friends of the PJC, We are heart broken to forward the...

Feb

27
2007

Attorney General Withdraws Subpoena in Green Party Case

Maryland's Attorney General has withdrawn a subpoena directed at Montgomery College, the employer of a lawyer who was...

Jan

22
2007

Health Advocates Fear Document Rules Make Medicaid Harder for Poor

Medicaid called harder for poor Health advocates fear document rules cause many to lose coverage By Kelly...

Jan

16
2007

Top Court Narrows Grandparents Visitation Law

On January 16, 2007, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a decision consistent with a friend of the court brief written by...

Jan

09
2007

Court Simplifies Filing Claims In Discrimination Suits

On January 9, 2007, the Maryland Court of Appeals sided with a PJC brief in ruling that the date of discharge of a...

Dec

12
2006

Next Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow is Selected

The Public Justice Center and the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship are delighted to announce that the...

Dec

07
2006

PJC Street Stories

A few recent examples of the Public Justice Center's work with individual clients that exemplify common social justice...

Dec

06
2006

Webcast of PJC Oral Argument on Forcible Medication of Psychiatric Patients

On November 30, 2006, the first day of webcasting oral arguments before the Court of Appeals, PJC Appellate Director Suzanne...

Dec

05
2006

Fourth Annual Murnaghan Public Lecture on "A Defined Right to Civil Counsel"

The Fourth Annual Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship Lecture on Law, Civil Liberties, and Public...


Nov

08
2006

Court of Appeals Victory for Government Transparency

November 8, 2006: By unanimous decision on November 8, 2006, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a strong decision...

Nov

07
2006

The PJC FY 2006 Annual Report is now available

Click here to read the report

Oct

24
2006

Current Gallery and Megaphone Project present RAISED! Movies and Music for a Better Baltimore

Current Gallery and Megaphone Project present RAISED! Movies and Music for a Better Baltimore Friday October 27th,...


Oct

19
2006

PJC Files Brief Supporting Right to Same Sex Marriage in Maryland

On October 19, 2006, the PJC filed a friend of the court brief in the Maryland Court of Appeals in support same-sex couples...

Oct

17
2006

Baltimore Sun Op Ed by Board Member Michael Pinard - Don't Deny Maryland's Ex-Convicts Right to Vote

Following is an op-ed written by Board Member and University of Maryland law professor Michael Pinard on a core issue of...

Oct

16
2006

PJC Opposes Anti-immigrant Motor Vehicle Regulations

On October 16, 2006, the Public Justice Center (PJC), the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the American Civil...

Oct

09
2006

PJC Files Brief Supporting Maryland Fair Share Health Care Fund Act

On October 6th, 2006, the PJC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Care Initiative...

Sep

20
2006

American Fundraising Professionals Honors JP Sarbanes as "Unsung Hero" for His Work with the PJC

Dear Board, Staff, and Friends,  I am delighted to tell you that one of our own has been selected by the...

Sep

13
2006

Spread the word: Justice for Breakfast - September 22, 8:15 am

Do you eat breakfast? Do you enjoy stimulating conversation about important issues? Are you concerned about poverty,...

Aug

10
2006

Voting Procedures Clarified for Incarcerated Voters

THE PUBLIC JUSTICE CENTER AND THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS COLLABORATE TO CLARIFY PROPER VOTING PROCEDURES FOR ELIGIBLE...

Aug

08
2006

Civil Right to Council Endorsed by the American Bar Association!

August 8, 2006: In a major leap forward for the national Civil Gideon movement, on Monday, August 7, 2006, the American...

Aug

04
2006

Court of Appeals Rules Against Prosecution of Addicted Mothers, Favors Treatment

On August 3, 2006, Maryland's Court of Appeals issued a major victory for rational, humane public health policy...

Aug

03
2006

PJC Urges Court of Appeals to Adopt a Harm Standard for Court-Ordered Grandparent Visitation

On July 31, 2006, the Public Justice Center filed a friend of the court brief in Maryland's Court of Appeals urging greater...

Aug

02
2006

PJC Argues to Uphold Public Access to Documents and Meetings

On July 24, 2006, the Public Justice Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland filed an amicus brief in City...

Jul

26
2006

PJC Tips for Enrolling Withdrawn Students in School Now to be Used by 24 School Districts

11,182 Maryland high schools students were withdrawn (voluntarily or involuntarily) from high school during the 2004-2005...

Jul

25
2006

PJC Intervenes in Life Threatening Situation at Central Booking

On Friday, July 14, 2006, the PJC learned of a man with serious unmet medical needs at Baltimore’s Central Booking...

Jul

24
2006

Court of Special Appeals Stops Forcible Medication of Inmate

July 24, 2006: On June 30, 2006, the Public Justice Center and co-counsel Maryland Disability Law Center obtained an...

Jul

14
2006

PJC Spearheads Civil Gideon Brief in Wisconsin

The Public Justice Center recently spearheaded the first amicus brief ever filed on behalf of the National Coalition for a...

Jul

09
2006

PJC Appellate Victory: State Universities Not Immune from Disability Discrimination

On July 7, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a decision that holding that state...

Jun

30
2006

Daily Record Article on PJC and the Rental Housing Coalition

The following article in this morning's Daily Record highlights the Rental Housing Coalition, organized by the Public...

Jun

30
2006

PJC Argues Discrimination Claim Starts Ticking at Actual Discharge

On June 30, 2006, the Public Justice Center and the Maryland Employment Lawyers Association filed a "friend of the...

Jun

12
2006

PJC Files Four Lawsuits for Information on Inmate Health Care

On June 12, 2006, the Public Justice Center filed lawsuits against four Maryland counties -- Allegany, Charles, Prince...

Jun

02
2006

Maryland Verizon consumers to get $16.8 milion back for illegal overcharges

Maryland telephone consumers have won a major victory, thanks to a team of class action lawyers who intervened in an abusive...

May

25
2006

PJC Brief Asks Rehearing in Employment Retaliation Case

The PJC and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association filed an amicus petition on May 25, 2006, requesting...

May

19
2006

State leads effort to restore right to counsel under common law

State leads effort to restore right to counsel under common law May 19, 2006 By ROBERT H. RHUDY AND JOE SURKIEWICZ ,...

May

12
2006

Court Rules Prisoner Litigation Act Does Not Stop Prisoner's Request for Public Information

May 12, 2006: In a victory for open government, the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled today in Massey v. Galley that...

May

08
2006

PJC Brief Leads to Settlement for Immigrant Worker

In the case of Campbell v. Bolourian, Cynthia Campbell is an immigrant worker who was legally authorized to work as a live-in...

Apr

27
2006

PJC Brings Class Action Suit For Homeless Children against Baltimore County Public Schools

On Thursday, April 27th, the Public Justice Center filed a class action lawsuit against the Baltimore County Board of...

Apr

19
2006

PJC Brief Urges Court to Uphold Maryland’s Fair Share Act

On April 19, 2006 the Public Justice Center’s Appellate Advocacy Project filed an amicus brief in the case Retail...

Apr

11
2006

National Right To Counsel Movement in NPR's Justice Talking and National Symposium

The last week in March 2006 may eventually be seen as a turning point for the national movement to achieve recognition of a...

Apr

10
2006

Media Articles on Argument in State v. Cruz

Last week I sent an E-Alert about the Court of Appeal's upcoming hearing in the case of State v. Cruz, in which the Public...

Apr

06
2006

Court of Appeals Considers Treatment versus Incarcertaion of Addicted Mother

PRESS RELEASE   For immediate release, April 6,...

Mar

28
2006

Right to Counsel Presented at Sparer Symposium in Philadelphia

Time is Now for Civil Right to Counsel Say ABA President Greco, Advocates and Scholars at U. Penn Law School's Sparer...

Mar

20
2006

PJC Argues Court Erred in Denying Mother Continuance to Find Counsel in Child Custody Case

On March 20, 2006, the Public Justice Center, along with Legal Aid Bureau and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Services, filed an...

Mar

06
2006

Court Rules Tenants Have Right to Challenge Improper Utility Allowances

March 6, 2006 Johnson v. Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish , No. 04-31201, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth...

Mar

03
2006

Right to Counsel in Civil Cases Gaining International Momentum

Legal aid to poor gaining international momentum March 3, 2006 By WILHELM H. JOSEPH, JR. and JOE SURKIEWICZ, Special to The...

Feb

10
2006

PJC Appeals For Wal-Mart Workers Forced to Work Off the Clock

Cutler, et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., et al., No. 01376, September Term, 2005, Maryland Court of Special Appeals   On...

Feb

08
2006

Treble Damages Under Mayland's Wage Payment Laws

In its Winter 2005 Newsletter, the Maryland State Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law published an article...

Feb

08
2006

Faster Freedom for those Released Without Charge

February 8, 2006: Responding to a threatened lawsuit by the Public Justice Center’s Prisoners’ Rights...

Feb

01
2006

Court Ruling Speeds Medicaid to Disabled

On February 1, 2006, the Court of Special Appeals issued a favorable reported opinion in the case of Albert S. v. DHMH ....

Jan

20
2006

Maryland Court Holds Anti-Gay Marriage Bill is Unconstitutional

A Baltimore City Circuit Court has ruled in the case challenging as unconstitutional sex discrimination a Maryland law...

Jan

19
2006

Foster Child Returns to School Thanks to PJC Foster Children Advocacy

The PJC’s Foster Children’s Education Project is working on multiple fronts to ensure that foster children can...

Jan

13
2006

Court of Appeals Will Hear Case of Discovery Abuse Against Lawful Immigrant Domestic Worker

Campbell v. Bolourian , No. 869 Court of Appeals of MD, Sept. 2005 Term   On January 13, 2006, the Court of...

Dec

28
2005

Washington Post on Death in Howard County Jail

Deaths Raise Questions About Howard County Jail By Amit R. Paley Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, December 28, 2005;...

Dec

24
2005

Quick Legal Action Gives Foster Children Advocates Inspection Rights

Child advocates settle with state   Compromise allows regular inspection of city building used to shelter foster kids...

Dec

12
2005

Court Side-Steps Ruling on State Immunity for Age Discrmination Claims

On December 12, 2005, the Court of Appeals issued a decision that side-stepped the important question of whether a local...

Dec

08
2005

Court Remands Attorney Fee Case Challenged by PJC

December 8, 2005 Boyd v. Bell Atlantic-Maryland , Inc. No. 11, Court of Appeals of MD, Sept. 2005 Term  ...

Dec

07
2005

Court Rejets PJC Challenge to State Telephone Charges for Prisoners' Families

December 7, 2005 Crystal A. Benson, et al. v. State of Maryland, et al., No. 7, Court of Appeals of Maryland,...

Dec

02
2005

PJC Brief Argues Prosecuting Addicted Mothers Is Counterproductive

December 2, 2005: The Public Justice Center’s Appellate Advocacy Project filed an amicus brief in the case of...

Nov

22
2005

Court Rejects Jail’s “Social Context” Theory As "legally and philosophically wrong”

On Tuesday, November 22, 2005, Judge J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court granted Plaintiffs a significant...

Nov

16
2005

Prisoner advocates say health care hasn't improved under new provider

The following article in the Daily Record, released by the Capital News Service, reports on the testimony of PJC attorney...

Nov

07
2005

Court of Appeals Will Decide Whether State Owes Duty to Child Who is Abused While in State Custody

November 7, 2005: In another step forward in PJC's long running fight to have the State recognize its responsibility...

Oct

24
2005

PJC Files Brief Arguing States Not Immune from Disability Discrimination Suits

Toledo, et al v. Sanchez-Rivera. On October 24, 2005, the Public Justice Center filed an amicus curiae brief in an important...

Sep

23
2005

Murnaghan Annual Lecture Announced: Former U.S. Solicitor General to Speak on

The Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellowship Presents:   The Third Annual Lecture on Law, Civil...

Sep

19
2005

Grand Jury Faults State for Health Care at City Jail

On September 19, 2005, a Grand Jury of the Baltimore City Circuit Court issued its report on health conditions at the...

Sep

14
2005

PJC Article on Right to Counsel in Civil Cases in ABA's Human Rights Magazine

September 14, 2005: The efforts of the Public Justice Center and the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel to...

Sep

12
2005

Court of Appeals Rules Undocumented Workers Are Covered by Workers Compensation for Injuries on Job

September 12, 2005: Diego E. Lagos, a carpenter’s helper, injured his hand while using a machine at work.  His...

Sep

01
2005

PJC Argues State Liable for Sexual Abuse of Children in its Custody

The PJC submitted an amicus brief in the case of Pendleton v. State, No. 31, Court of Appeals of Maryland, September Term...

Aug

09
2005

Maryland's Court of Appeals hands a victory to consumers and the PJC in Mortgage Fee Case

Maryland's Court of Appeals handed a victory to consumers and the PJC with its ruling on August 9, 2005 in the case of Linda...

Jul

18
2005

Court of Appeals Rejects Disabled Tenants' Fair Housing Defense

On July 18, 2005, the Court of Appeals of Maryland issued its decision in Solberg v. Majerle Management , a case in...

Jun

30
2005

Labor Board Affirms Finding That Warehouse Workers Were Illegally Fired

On June 30, 2005, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision affirming that 13 Latino warehouse workers,...

Jun

20
2005

PJC Challenges Excessive Attorney Fees in Consumer Class Action

On June 20, 2005, PJC and Professors Michael Ambrosio, Robert Dinerstein, James McCall, Michael Meltsner, Vanessa Merton, and...

Jun

17
2005

Washington Post: Foster Care Moves Disrupt Schooling

The following article in the Washington Post highlights the problems foster children have in obtaining continuous...

Jun

17
2005

PJC Brief Challenges ALJ Remands When Evidence Establishes Applicant’s Eligibility for Benefits

On June 17, 2005, the PJC filed an amici curiae brief with the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland in Smith v. Department of...

Jun

16
2005

PJC Brief Opposes Overcharging Families of Prisoners for Telephone Calls

The Public Justice filed an amicus brief on June 16, 2005, in the Court of Appeals in Benson et al v. State of Maryland et...

Jun

16
2005

PJC Brief Argues State Does Not Have Sovereign Immunity Against Discrimination Cases

On June 16, 2005, the PJC filed an amici curiae brief with the Court of Appeals of Maryland in the case of Anne Arundel...

Jun

14
2005

PJC Files Brief Supporting Right to Same Sex Marriage in Maryland

On June 14, 2005, PJC filed an amicus brief in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City in support of the marriage equality case...

Jun

02
2005

Board of Public Works Approves Health Care Contract Over PJC Objections

Previously reported was the PJC’s Prisoners’ Rights Project success in persuading Maryland not to renew its...

May

29
2005

PJC Letter to Editor on Death in Jail

PJC Attorney Sally Dworak-Fisher wrote the following letter to the editor concerning the recent death in Baltimore’s...

May

18
2005

Court of Appeals Rules in Sex Discrimination / Attorneys' Fees case

May 18, 2005 Manor Country Club v. Betty Flaa , 2005 WL 1159433 (Md. 2005).   In this sex...

May

17
2005

Court of Appeals Refuses to Require Rules of Evidence In Deciding Child’s Permanency Plan

May 17, 2005 In re: Ashley E., 383 Md. 569, 861 A.2d 60 (2005).   The Public Justice Center submitted an...

May

10
2005

Grand Jury to Investigate Health Care at Baltimore City Jail

Prison Health Services, the flat-fee medical services provider to the Baltimore City Detention Center and other Maryland...

May

10
2005

PJC and Office of Public Defender Seek Release of Prisoners Held Longer Than 24 Hours With Hearing

May 10, 2005: The PJC has engaged in legal action involving illegal actions of  Central Booking  at the...

May

03
2005

PJC Brief Supports Protecting Consumers from Illegal Mortgage Brokers' Fees

Beth Mellen Harrison, PJC's Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow, wrote an amicus brief  for the PJC that was joined by...

Apr

19
2005

Fourth Circuit Remands Baltimore City Jail Case to District Court to Proceed

On April 20, 2005, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia granted the relief requested  by the Public...

Apr

19
2005

Court of Appeals Ruling on Victor A. case

April 19, 2005: The Court of Appeals has issued an opinion in the case of In re: Adoption/Guardianship of Victor A. that...

Apr

01
2005

2 Year Campaign to Rewrite Illegal Disability Regulations Succeeds

In April 2005, after a two year advocacy campaign, the PJC, in collaboration with the Maryland Disability Law Center,...

Feb

28
2005

PJC Persuades Circuit Court to Reduce Outrageous Appeal Bond for Tenant

PJC attorney Francine Hahn is representing a client in an appeal of a failure to pay rent and rent escrow case. This is a...

Feb

25
2005

PJC Files Amicus Brief on Attorney Fees In Discrimination Cases

On February 25, 2003, current Murnaghan Fellow Beth Mellen Harrison filed an amici curiae brief in Manor Country Club v....

Feb

09
2005

PJC Wins Certiorari On Appeal for Disabled Tenants

On February 9,  2005,  the Maryland Court of Appeals granted a petition for certiorari filed by current Murnaghan...

Feb

09
2005

PJC Argues Standards for Privatizing Essential Government Functions

On February 9, 2005, current Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow Beth Mellen Harrison filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf...

Feb

08
2005

PJC and Latino Coalition Urge More Funding for Language Classes

February 8, 2005: In response to Governor Ehrlich's and Comptroller Schaefer's complaints that recent immigrants...

Feb

04
2005

PJC argues that charging prisoners for rent violates due process.

On February 4, 2005, former Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow Josh Auerbach argued before a panel of the Fourth Circuit...

Feb

04
2005

PJC Introduces Moving Walls Photo Exhibit on Day Laborers

On February 4, 2005, Diana Morris, Director of the Open Society Institute – Baltimore, and PJC Executive Director John...

Feb

04
2005

PJC Argues Before Fourth Circuit Against Charging Pre-Trial Detainees a Dollar a Day

On February 4, 2005, former Murnaghan Appellate Advocacy Fellow Josh Auerbach argued before a panel of the Fourth Circuit...

Jan

24
2005

State settles cases by PJC and ACLU for failure to disclose public information.

On January 24, 2004, the State of Maryland settled two separate suits, filed by the Public Justice Center and the ACLU,...

Jan

11
2005

First Legislative Victory: General Assembly Overrides Veto of Bill Requiring Notice to Public of Emergency Regulations

January 11, 2005: On Tuesday, January 11th, the General Assembly voted to override the Governor's veto of Senate Bill...

Jan

11
2005

Maryland's Civil Gideon Strategy Featured in Clearinghouse Review

January 11, 2005: The Clearinghouse Review Journal of Poverty Law and Policy published an article in its Nov-Dec 2004...

Dec

13
2004

Court of Appeals Rejects PJC Argument Against Racial Profiling

The Court of Appeals issued an opinion on December 13, 2004, in Lee v. Cline , No. 8, Court of Appeals of Maryland,...

Nov

15
2004

PJC Appeals Case of Landlord Using Threat of Eviction to Collect More Than Is Legally Due

On November 8, 2004, the Public Justice Center filed a brief in the Court of Special Appeals in the case of Ramsey, et al.,...

Nov

09
2004

PJC Files Amicus Brief on Access to Courts for Immigrants and Those With Limited Language Abilities

On November 9, 2004, the Public Justice Center took another stand to give legal recognition to the difficulties that...

Oct

29
2004

PJC Demands that Maryland Comply with Federal Medicaid Regulations

On October 29, 2004, the Public Justice Center sent a strongly worded letter to Secretary McCann of DHMH requesting that the...

Oct

04
2004

PJC’s Impact In Opposing Illegal Medicaid Fees Expands to West Virginia

By letter dated October 4, 2004, the Attorney General of West Virginia requested that the West Virginia Bureau for Medical...

Sep

28
2004

Wal-Mart Class Action is Stayed Pending Appeal

Bias Suit Delayed Against Wal-Mart Published: September 28, 2004 by Bloomberg News in the New York Times A...

Sep

07
2004

Successful enforcement of homeless children's right to education in Prince George's County

September 7, 2004: Recent events in the Public Justice Center's class action Collier v. Prince George's County...

Sep

01
2004

How a tag team of plaintiffs lawyers embarrassed Wal-Mart in the largest class action in U.S.

September 1, 2004: An article entitled "How a tag team of plaintiffs lawyers embarrassed Wal-Mart in the largest...

Aug

26
2004

Judge Denies State's Request to End PJC and ACLU Suit Against the Baltimore City Detention Center

On Wednesday, August 25, 2004, federal Judge J. Frederick Motz denied the State of Maryland's request to terminate an...

Aug

20
2004

PJC Files Amicus Brief Urging Court of Appeals to Uphold Lead Poisoning Standards

On Friday, August 20, PJC filed an amicus curiae brief in the Maryland Court of Appeals in a lead paint poisoning case,...

Aug

11
2004

Homeless Kids Win Injunction Against Montgomery County School System

Gazette News: Court orders Montgomery to let homeless students keep old schools Public Justice Center Press...

Aug

06
2004

Four Years of Appellate Advocacy at the PJC Lauded In Daily Record Article

August 5, 2014: The Daily Record reviews the work and accomplishments of the Public Justice Center's Appellate...

Jul

29
2004

Court of Appeals Holds Dept. of Social Services Has Duty to Investigate Child Abuse Reports

On July 28, 2004, the Court of Appeals issued an opinion adopting the position argued by the Public Justice Center in an...

Jul

12
2004

PJC Files Brief Arguing Prisoners are Persons Who May Use Public Information Act

  July 12, 2004: The PJC today filed a brief in the Court of Appeals in a Public Information Act enforcement...

Jun

22
2004

Wal-Mart Class Action Is Certified. PJC and six firms represent 1.6 million women plaintiffs in largest class action

The PJC is incredibly excited to convey this late breaking news: the federal court in California has certified a...

May

21
2004

PJC Op Ed in Daily Record: To Governor Ehrlich: No Surprises Please

Public Justice Center E-Alert May 21, 2004: The Daily Record publishes an op ed urging Governor Ehrlich not to veto...