Last Thursday, HSRR's Cindy Panuco spoke to Jim Lafferty on KPFK's Lawyer's Guild Radio Hour. She joined military lawyer Jason Wright and investigative journalist Jason Leopold to discuss the detention center in Guantanamo as well as President Obama's speech on counter-terrorism earlier that day.
Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP filed an appeal on January 22, 2013 challenging the convictions of the ten Irvine and Riverside students found guilty in 2011 of disturbing a public meeting. Section 403 of California's penal code makes it illegal to "willfully disturb or break up any assembly or meeting that is not unlawful in its character." The opening brief argues that the students' convictions are an unconstitutional violation of their right to free speech.
Barbara Hadsell, Dan Stormer, Anne Richardson, and Randy Renick, the name partners of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, have each been recognized by Super Lawyers® Magazine in its Annual Top Attorneys List in 2013. Dan Stormer has been named to the list of Top 100 attorneys in Southern California each year since the recognition's inception, and Anne Richardson has been named to the list of Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2013.
In 2010, HSRR's Dan Stormer argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that NASA's background checks of scientists (employees of government contractors) were unnecessarily invasive and violated their privacy rights. The scientists who filed suit against NASA in 2007 feared that highly sensitive and private personal data about them could be compromised. Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the scientists, the private personal data obtained by by the U.S. Government in background checks was stolen from a government employee's car on Halloween. The serious breach has received extensive coverage.
Today, Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, announced the settlement of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field football project in downtown Los Angeles. The settlement is a tremendous victory for the people who live near the proposed stadium, most of whom are working class people of color. The agreement includes a $15 million Housing Trust Fund which will create affordable housing units in Pico-Union, South L.A. and Downtown Los Angeles. Plaintiffs also secured commitments on a wide range of other community benefits and measures, including air quality improvement projects, improvements serving bus riders, additional parks and open space, neighborhood improvement plans, a living wage for employees, the hiring of disadvantaged workers and a community team to promote health in the surrounding area.
Today, Dan Stormer and Josh Piovia-Scott of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, along with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Robert D. Newman, Attorney at Law, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that granted special privileges for the Farmers Field football project in downtown Los Angeles. The lawsuit, which has enormous constitutional and environmental consequences for the citizens and state of California, targets California State Senate Bill 292 as representing an unnecessary and unfair attack on the community protections provided by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A project of this size will have substantial environmental and other health impacts on surrounding communities, most of which are working class communities of color, and a robust and constitutionally valid process is crucial to protecting community health. See the extensive news coverage of the case here:
Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick along with the office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations have filed a joint complaint against the city of Lomita for denying the Islamic Center of South Bay's application to build a new mosque.
HSRR's Anne Richardson is a featured speaker at the University of Colorado Law School's Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy's Symposium on March 16, 2012. She will address the issue of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations. Click here for more information.
On Friday March 2, 2012, a federal judge awarded more than $3.2 million in attorney's fees and expenses to three law firms who spent more than a decade in a legal battle with Orange County, California, in order to ensure that the jails were made more accessible to the disabled.