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Students, Teachers File Landmark Federal Class Action Complaint Demanding Schools Address Unique Learning Needs of Children Affected by Violence and Trauma
Lawsuit addresses barrier to academic achievement; demands adoption of proven trauma-informed practices in public schools
Groundbreaking Settlement Bans Solitary Confinement and Ends Failure to Educate Youth With Disabilities
Until the settlement victory announced in May 2015, Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall locked up young people with disabilities in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day and deprived them of education, according to a federal class action lawsuit brought by Public Counsel, Disability Rights Advocates, and Paul Hastings LLP in August 2013.
Students Take Legal Action, Demand Seat at the Table In State of California Suit Against Now-Defunct Corinthian Colleges
Corinthian students seek to intervene, creating landmark, first-of-its-kind opportunity for interests of entire class of students to be heard
New Analysis Shows that Transit Agencies Can Promote Affordable Housing, Increase Ridership
A new analysis from Public Counsel and a coalition of neighborhood-based community development corporations may point the way for transit agencies interested in increasing ridership by discounting land near transit for affordable housing.
Broad Coalition Calls on School Board to Invest in Violence Prevention and Intervention, Not More Police on Campuses
Parents, Advocates and Teachers Say: End Suspensions and Transfers for "Willful Defiance"
Community Agreement in Major Development to Boost Good Jobs and Affordable Homes in South L.A.
Public Counsel and the UNIDAD Coalition negotiate a plan to include affordable housing, quality jobs for local residents, opportunities for small business and homeless support services.
Public Counsel Launches National Search for Next CEO to Lead Nation's Largest Pro Bono Law Firm
Public Counsel announced the commencement of a search for a successor to longtime President and Chief Executive Officer Hernan Vera, who recently returned to private practice. The search will be conducted by Phillips Oppenheim Associates, Inc. under the direction of a search committee of the Public Counsel Board of Directors led by co-chairs Stephen Pickett and Gail Title.
Report Finds California School Districts Lose Focus on Keeping Foster Youth In School
A new Public Counsel report finds that California's new Local Control Funding Formula for schools needs to do more to help abused and neglected children improve attendance and avoid suspension, expulsion, and encounters with law enforcement on campus.
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LA Times: Skid row doctor's care includes finding patients a home
Los Angeles Times
A new County program uses county Department of Health Services money to subsidize rents for the very sick among the county's 39,000 homeless people. Experts call it the nation's most promising initiative to end homelessness.
Los Angeles Times: Activists fear that big-project zoning change would ignore L.A.'s poor
Los Angeles Times
Newly proposed rules meant to smooth the way for vetting big developments in Los Angeles are stirring up alarm among community groups that say the plan doesn't do enough to protect poor households or small businesses from being displaced.
California Health Report: High school students push for playgrounds in small cities southeast of L.A.
California Health Report
A group of high school students from Southeast L.A. County is learning to lobby for green space and greater play opportunities for the area’s youngest children.
Hillary Clinton Receives William O. Douglas Award
Fox-11 Profiles New Effort to Assist Military Caregivers
Oprah Winfrey Celebrates Elie Wiesel at the William O. Douglas Award
Watch Elie Wiesel's Call for Justice: 'Don't Sleep Well When People Suffer'
President Bill Clinton and Barbra Streisand Celebrate With Public Counsel
Hillary Clinton Salutes Public Counsel and Elie Wiesel
Legal, Art and Film Leaders Honor David Johnson
Natalie Portman Salutes Public Counsel and Elie Wiesel
Sidney Poitier Salutes Public Counsel and Elie Wiesel
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