Visit your local eviction court to see the judicial system chew people up and spit them out. It’s a battle between property owners and those who can’t afford shelter. No legal knowledge or training is needed to see the essential injustice in this process. But the rules of an unjust system are made to be broken.
It’s sometimes difficult to explain to a judge how a statute applies to your set of facts. Without cases to make sense of written laws, statutes can just lay there doing nothing to help you. In litigation, your job is to persuade a judge to rule in your favor in hearings and at trial. To do this, you want to fill in the gaps left by the statute.
The thing about social entrepreneurship — the for-profit kind — is that you either solve the problem you’ve chosen or you go out of business. There’s a certain urgency to finding a solution. So it’s exciting when a lawyer forms a tech startup committed to access to justice. You know it’s the real deal when that lawyer goes to court to see the experience of pro se litigants.
The difference between a legal argument and your personal opinion is legal authority. Whether statute, procedural rule or appellate case, you win by backing your position with some law. Here’s the story of how a legal aid lawyer helped stop my eviction by sharing an appellate case.
A ProPublica study finds that the New York Police Department has been using nuisance abatement laws to evict people without a trace of due process, when they haven’t even been charged with a crime. This has to be a bridge too far.
In this episode of Legal Bits, we highlight a group of Robin Hoods fending off the meter maid, the growth of pro se litigation in Canada, and one man’s abuse of bankruptcy petitions to keep a house over his head. Stay in the know with Legal Bits!
Michele Parker, the Tinley Park squatter, has lived in a $400,000 suburban Chicago home with neither lease nor mortgage for two years now. In these tough economic times, she is supporting her three children and a disabled elder the best way she knows how. She’s been to eviction court more than once to defend her occupancy […]