Legal Services in Detention

A federal court in Washington granted a preliminary injunction to the Southern Poverty Law Center, ordering Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities to provide detainees telephone access so they can communicate with legal representatives, who are not able to visit in person because of Covid-19. The facilities must also ensure attorney-client confidentiality is maintained.

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Patient’s File

A psychologist in charge of a university’s counseling center violated ethics standards when she provided a student’s patient file to university attorneys who had received a litigation-hold letter from the student’s attorney asking them to preserve records related to her sexual assault claim, an appeals court in Oregon ruled.

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Criminal Contempt Charges

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Steven Donziger’s motions to disqualify all of the judges in the district from presiding over his case, disqualify the special prosecutors, and dismiss the six criminal contempt charges he’s facing in a dispute arising from his role in obtaining a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador for dumping oil waste in the Amazon rainforest. 

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