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Access to Justice

Practice Points

What you need to know in a quick-to-read format. Find all of the Access to Justice Committee’s practice points in this archive.


Language Access in the Client-Lawyer Relationship: Summary of ABA Formal Opinion 500
By Amy Bomse – November 2, 2021
A recent ABA opinion stresses that bridging the communication gap with a client is essential to competent representation.

The EAJA: Inapplicability to Habeas Claims
By Dalton Courson – July 19, 2021
Fourth Circuit holds that the Equal Access to Justice Act does not apply to habeas cases, barring attorney fee recovery.

Now Accepting Nominations for John Minor Wisdom Award
By Access to Justice Committee – February 8, 2021
The Access to Justice Committee is seeking nominations for the Section's prestigious 2021 John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award.


More Women in the Judiciary Means Justice for All
By Tiffany deGruy – September 12, 2016
The numbers of women on the bench have dramatically increased over the last 30 years.

Nationwide Injunctions, Immigration, and Civil Rights Litigation
By Cassandra Robertson – August 5, 2016
May a federal district court issue a nationwide injunction against enforcement of the government’s immigration policies?

UCLA Civil Rights Project Publishes Study on Financial Impact of School Exclusion
By Jessalyn Schwartz – June 16, 2016
According to the report, suspension rates have been rising since early 1970s, especially for students of color.

Twenty-Four and No More Poll Taxes
By Access to Justice Committee – January 20, 2016
The Twenty-Fourth Amendment was ratified on January 23, 1964.

Deferred Deportation Granted Certiorari
By Access to Justice Committee – January 20, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court granted cert in United States v. Texas, where the Fifth Circuit upheld an injunction against the administration's program providing for deferred deportation for certain illegal immigrants.

Dr. King's Birth and Holiday
By Access to Justice Committee – January 20, 2016
After years of legislative, lobbying, and public advocacy efforts, the third Monday of January was established as Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday, in 1983.