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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: 

HSRR files Complaint over Lomita's denial of request for new mosque

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.‬

Anne Richardson will speak at the University of Colorado's Law School on Friday, March 16, 2012

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.

HSRR part of $3.2 million attorney's fee award

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. 

Reem Salahi has been invited to speak at UCLA

HSRR Associate, Reem Salahi, was invited to speak this Saturday on the attorney panel for the Law Fellows Program at UCLA. The Law Fellows Program is a pipeline-building initiative designed to increase diversity in law schools and within the profession. This year's cohort consists of 98 participants, primarily undergraduate students of color from across California.

HSRR attorneys receive ACLU's Religious Liberty Award

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California has a tradition of recognizing attorneys who have done extraordinary work in protecting civil liberties and civil rights. This year at the annual Law Luncheon, June 8, 2012, Dan Stormer, along with attorneys Reem Salahi and Josh Piovia-Scott will be presented with the 2012 Religious Liberty Award in recognition of their outstanding work as co-counsel on Fazaga v. FBI, a class action challenge on behalf of Yassir Fazaga, Ali Malik, Yassir Abdel Rahim, and a class of Orange County Muslims, to the FBI's practice of targeting Muslims for surveillance because of their religion.

HSRR Attorneys Challenge Indefinite Detention on 10th Anniversary of Prison at Guantánamo Bay

January 11, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. HSRR attorneys Anne Richardson and Cindy Pánuco are part of a broad national coalition which is using that day to speak out against the erosion of civil liberties both there and domestically that is being justified in the name of fighting "terrorism."

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Block Deposition of Los Angeles County Undersheriff Tanaka

An emergency panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to enter a protective order preventing plaintiff Michael Holguin from taking the deposition of Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul K. Tanaka. Michael Holguin is represented by the law firm of Hadsell Stormer Richardson & Renick, LLP, in an action seeking damages for injuries he sustained when held as a detainee in the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. The County had attempted to block the deposition of Undersheriff Tanaka. Plaintiff Holguin alleges that he was beaten by deputies while handcuffed and that the County of Los Angeles has engaged in a pattern and practice of deputies using excessive force against inmates. The action is pending in Federal District Court and set for trial in February 2012. The case is entitled Holguin v. County of Los Angeles, Case No. CV 10-8011-GW(PLAx).

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