Appeals court to decide if immigrant children get court-appointed attorneys

immigrant child in custodyEleven federal appeals court judges have heard testimony in a lawsuit over whether undocumented children have the right to a government-paid lawyer. Lawyers for an immigrant minor who was unrepresented in immigration hearings argue that the Fifth Amendment guarantees the minor the right to an attorney, according to KPIX. 

“We want a ruling that children facing deportation are entitled to legal representation,” said C.J.’s lawyer Ahilan Arulanantham, told reporters after the hearing. Arulanantham, who is Senior Counsel at the ACLU of Southern California, argued the case before the judges.

Cost is an issue. If each of the 102,000 migrant juveniles apprehended near the US-Mexico border were provided an attorney, it would cost more than $276 million, KPIX reports. Meanwhile, the minor plaintiff in the lawsuit is attending high school in Los Angeles while he awaits the panel’s decision, which is expected in 2019.

Podcast: What’s in a law firm name?

Legal ToolkitChoosing a name for your law firm isn’t necessarily a simple process. However, what that name denotes can have a tremendous impact on your level of success. The name doesn’t have to be boring, but lawyers don’t always feel compelled to be particularly creative when deciding upon the firm’s name. In this episode of Legal Toolkit at Legal Talk Network, host Jared Correia talks to attorneys Andrew Garcia and Megan Zavieh about why it’s important to put some thought into the name of your firm.

8 signs you should skip mediation and hire a divorce attorney

divorceAfter a marriage draws to an end, the divorcing couple must begin the trying work of untangling their legal, financial and child custody lives. While some believe the process will go well enough to consider mediation, the rest must hire family law attorneys. How does a couple know if mediation is right for them? Lifehacker has a list of eight signs divorcing couples should look for if they suspect that mediation won’t work for them.