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Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (Yale)
The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO) provides legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal services but unable to afford private attorneys. Students, supervised by Law School faculty members and participating attorneys, interview clients, write briefs, prepare witnesses, try cases, negotiate settlements, draft documents, participate in commercial transactions, draft legislation and regulatory proposals, and argue appeals in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Connecticut Supreme Court. There are numerous individual clinics that are part of LSO:
  • The Sol and Lillian Goldman Family, Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic
  • Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic
  • Immigration Legal Services
  • Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Landlord-Tenant Clinic
  • Legislative Advocacy Clinic
  • Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic
  • Transnational Development Clinic
  • Veterans Legal Services Clinic
  • Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Martinez-Brooks v. Easter
3:20-cv-00569 (D. Conn.)
Filed 04/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury
Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury
Prison Conditions
PC-CT-0021
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 27, 2020, four individuals held at the Federal Correctional Center (FCI) brought this emergency putative class action requesting the immediate release or home confinement of medically vulnerable individuals and implementation of safety measures to lower the risk of COVID-19. Settlement conferences were held in June. On ... [view]
2 Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Lamont
HHD-CV20-6126477-S (State Court)
Filed 04/03/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Connecticut
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CT-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: The ACLU of Connecticut filed this suit on April 3, 2020 asking the court to intervene and force the Governor of Connecticut and the state's Correction Commissioner to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated in the state's jails and prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic. The trial court dismissed the case for lack of ... [view]
3 Savino v. Hodgson
1:20-cv-10617 (D. Mass.)
Filed 03/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Bristol County House of Corrections
Jail Conditions
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0019
Bristol County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: A class action for emergency release by noncitizens in civil immigration detention in the Bristol County House of Corrections. Judge William Young first provisionally certified five sub-classes and reviewed dozens of bail applications, releasing many individuals. Then on May 12, he banned further admissions to the facility and ... [view]
4 J.S.R. v. Sessions / V.F.B. v. Sessions
3:18-cv-1106 (D. Conn.)
Filed 07/02/2018 - Closed 2018
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
IM-CT-0012
Coding Complete
This lawsuit grew out of the Trump Administration's family separation policy, by which kids were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. On July 2, 2018, two children from Central America who had been separated from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border filed these separate lawsuits and petitions for habeas corpus ... [view]
5 Manker v. Spencer
3:18-cv-00372-CSH (D. Conn.)
Filed 03/02/2018 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of the Navy
Navy
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CT-0011
Coding Complete
Thousands of United States Sailors and Marines are deployed to combat zones across the globe, and return home suffering from the invisible wounds of war, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sometimes these mental health issues indirectly lead to less-than-Honorable discharges, resulting in permanent ... [view]
6 Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
3:17-cv-01061-AVC (D. Conn.)
Filed 06/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
National Security
NS-CT-0001
Coding Complete
This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint, filed June 27, 2017, seeks to enhance knowledge about discriminatory immigration policy regarding Muslims, Latinos, and other members of groups disfavored by the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the ... [view]
7 Darweesh v. Trump [voluntarily dismissed]
1:17-cv-00480 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/28/2017 - Closed 2017
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
IM-NY-0053
Coding Complete
This class action, filed Jan. 28, 2017, challenged President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It was filed as a petition for a writ of habeas corpus (to seek immediate release of plaintiffs from detention) and a civil complaint, on behalf ... [view]
8 Kennedy v. Fanning
3:16-cv-02010-WWE (D. Conn.)
Filed 12/09/2016 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of the Army
United States of America
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CT-0012
Coding Complete
On December 9, 2016, an army veteran filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Secretary of the Army for violating the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and for violating the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. § 706). This veteran was deployed post-9/11 to Iraq and Afghanistan, suffered ... [view]
9 Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen
1:16-cv-04756 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 08/25/2016 - Case Ongoing
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0051
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
10 Rodriguez Alvarado v. United States
2:16-cv-05028 (D.N.J.)
Filed 08/17/2016 - Closed 2019
United States of America
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NJ-0010
Coding Complete
On August 17, 2016, an individual plaintiff and her minor child filed this civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs, refugees from Honduras, alleged that they were wrongfully detained and subjected to inhumane treatment and unlawful conditions of confinement pursuant to Department of Homeland ... [view]
11 Giammarco v. Beers
3:13-cv-01670-VLB (D. Conn.)
Filed 11/12/2013 - Closed 2017
Department of Homeland Security
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CT-0011
Coding Complete
On November 12, 2013, a long-time legal permanent resident and Army veteran of the United States, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the FBI, under 5 USC § 551 et seq. and 28 USC §1361 ... [view]
12 Reid v. Donelan
3:13-cv-30125-MAP (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/01/2013 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0006
Coding Complete
On July 1, 2013, a lawful permanent resident held in immigration detention in Massachusetts for eight months filed a federal habeas petition under 18 U.S.C. § 2241, and a class-action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, contending that the prolonged detention of himself and others similarly situated without an ... [view]
13 American Immigration Council v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:12-cv-00355 (D. Conn.)
Filed 03/08/2012 - Closed 2013
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CT-0008
Coding Complete
On March 8, 2012, two non-profit organizations dedicated to immigration law and history filed a lawsuit under FOIA against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. The plaintiff, represented by public interest attorneys, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that DHS ... [view]
14 Brizuela v. Feliciano
3:12-cv-00226-JBA (D. Conn.)
Filed 02/13/2012 - Closed
Connecticut Department of Corrections
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CT-0009
New Haven County
Coding Complete
On February 13, 2012, the plaintiff filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in this §1983 class habeas action against the Connecticut Department of Corrections. The petition was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and assigned to Judge Janet Bond Arteton. The plaintiffs were detainees in Connecticut Department of ... [view]
15 Cardona v. Shinseki
No. 11-3083 (Vet. App.) (No Court)
Filed 2011 - Closed 2014
Department of Veterans Affairs
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CT-0008
Coding Complete
Plaintiff is a disabled Navy veteran who was legally married to her same-sex spouse in Connecticut, but was denied an increase in her monthly disability benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs because she and her spouse were a same-sex couple; the VA said that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) precluded recognition of their same-sex ... [view]
16 Chacon v. East Haven Police Department
3:10-cv-01692-AWT (D. Conn.)
Filed 10/26/2010 - Closed 2018
Town of East Haven
East Haven Police Department
Policing
Immigration and/or the Border
PN-CT-0002
New Haven County
Coding Complete
On October 26, 2010, a group of Latino men and women filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1985(3), 1986, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, against the Town of East Haven and the East Haven Police Department. The plaintiffs, represented both by private counsel and Yale Law ... [view]
17 Families for Freedom v. Chertoff
1:08-cv-04056−DC (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 04/20/2008 - Closed 2009
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0045
Coding Complete
On April 20, 2008, Families for Freedom and the National Immigration Project filed a lawsuit under the Administrative Procedures Act against the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs complained that the defendants had failed to promulgate regulations governing facilities ... [view]
18 Barrera v. Boughton
3:07-cv-01436-RNC (D. Conn.)
Filed 09/26/2007 - Closed 2011
Immigration and Custom Enforcement Division of the Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CT-0006
Coding Complete
On September 26, 2007, attorneys and law student interns with the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of the Yale Law School filed a civil rights lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, New Haven Division, alleging discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws ... [view]
19 Unidad Latina En Accion v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:07-cv-01224-MRK (D. Conn.)
Filed 08/10/2007 - Closed 2009
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CT-0005
Coding Complete
On August 10, 2007, attorneys and law student interns with the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of the Yale Law School, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 ("FOIA"), in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, seeking to compel the release of government records regarding the immigration ... [view]
20 El Badrawi v. Department of Homeland Security
3:07-cv-01074-JCH (D. Conn.)
Filed 07/13/2007 - Closed 2011
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CT-0007
Coding Complete
On July 13, 2007, Plaintiff filed a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, New Haven Division. Plaintiff is a foreign national who had lawfully studied and worked in the United States for nearly eleven years. On the morning of October 29, 2004, when he left his apartment to work, ... [view]
21 Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC (D. Conn.)
Filed 12/14/2006 - Closed 2011
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CT-0004
Coding Complete
On December 14, 2006, attorneys and law student interns with the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization of the Yale Law School, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 ("FOIA") in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, seeking to compel the release of government records regarding an undercover ... [view]
22 Maldonado v. Holder
n/a (No Court)
Filed 09/19/2006 - Closed 2015
Executive Office for Immigration Review (Board of Immigration Appeals)
United States Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CT-0010
Washington, DC
Coding Complete
On September 19, 2006, five men gathered in Kennedy Park in Danbury, Connecticut sought work as day laborers. On the same day, the Danbury Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") were conducting a sting operation in the area. A man offered the petitioners work, so they entered his vehicle and were driven to a parking ... [view]
23 Haitian Centers Council, Inc. v. McNary
92-CV-1258 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/18/1992 - Closed 1994
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0006
Coding Complete
On March 18, 1992, this action was brought by various organizations and Haitian aliens in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging procedures of the Coast Guard interdiction program with respect to Haitian refugees. Under the program, Haitians that fled their country were apprehended by the Coast Guard and ... [view]
24 Juan F. v. Rell
2:89-cv-00859 (D. Conn.)
Filed 12/19/1989 - Case Ongoing
Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Juvenile Institution
Child Welfare
Public Benefits / Government Services
JI-CT-0004
Coding Complete
This class action brought by children placed in Connecticut's Department of Children and Youth Services (DCYS) was filed on December 19, 1989, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs were represented by the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union. They sought ... [view]
25 Mihalcik v. Lensink
89-529 (D. Conn.)
Filed 08/15/1989 - Closed 1993
Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
ID-CT-0004
Coding Complete
On August 15, 1989, two patients at the Connecticut Valley Hospital, a state mental institution in Middletown, Connecticut, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all persons with intellectual disabilities who were or would be patients at the Hospital. The plaintiffs, represented by Yale Legal Services, filed the suit in the U.S. District ... [view]
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