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Recently Released LAPD Body Cam Footage of Charly "Africa" Keunang Shooting Shows Officers Escalated Conflict

Body camera footage of the shooting of Charly "Africa" Keunang by the LAPD was obtained by the LA Times from court filings in the civil rights lawsuit brought by Mr. Keunang's family and released to the public on Monday, January 8, 2017, three years after the Skid Row resident was killed.

American Society of Legal Advocates Names HSR Attorney Barbara Hadsell One of Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in California for 2018

Attorney Hadsell was among just 1.5% of lawyers nationwide chosen for the honor. ASLA sponsors non-profit legal organizations and events recommended by members, and focuses on creating a community of talented attorneys across the U.S.

HSR Obtains Court Orders Forcing Chiefs of Police to Testify Regarding Police Shootings

When the Chiefs of the Long Beach and Stockton Police Departments refused to testify about shootings by their officers in three cases in which HSR represents the victims of the shooting, HSR obtained court orders requiring the Chiefs to submit to depositions about the shootings. The Court determined the Chiefs had to testify about these incidents -- and their own and the Department's responses to them -- because they could be held personally responsible for the unconstitutionally excessive force used by their officers in these shootings.

Cindy Panuco Interviewed on KPFK about Guantanamo Bay

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.

HSRR Files Appeal on Behalf of 'Irvine 11'

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.

All of Hadsell Stormer's name partners recognized as Super Lawyers

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. 

Data fears raised by Hadsell Stormer's lawsuit on behalf of JPL scientists--come true

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 the U.S. Government in background checks was stolen from a government employee's car on Halloween.  The serious breach has received extensive coverage.

HSRR obtains historic settlement for communities surrounding proposed site of the football stadium in Downtown Los Angeles

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.

HSRR Challenges Constitutionality of Special Privileges Given to Farmers Field Football Project

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: 

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