New Rights for the Poor

In an unprecedented move, the State of California, under a new law, will pay attorney in eviction and domestic abuse cases, to represent poor litigants who find themselves battling powerful adversaries in vital matters affecting their families.

This basically gives the poor in civil matters the right to an attorney where the Constitution grants them the same rights in criminal matters.  Hopefully, this program proves to help a lot of people.  Those opposed to the program claim that it will only swell the court docket and eat up resources that could have otherwise been used to help others in another areas.

Settlement Windfall

Last month, $40 million was distributed to more than 100 nonprofit organization and charities across California from money left over in a class action settlement with makers of chewing tobacco.  This money will come in very handy as it will help alot of local legal groups and organization that are facing severe budget cuts.

This is a huge help to the struggling many non profit organization.