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Monday, June 2, 2014 marked the first day that all same-sex couples across the state of Illinois could get married, opening the door to thousands of benefits for same sex couples including insurance benefits, survivor benefits, and next-of-kin rights. This change opens up a wide range of immigration benefits as well. A U.S. citizen or green card holder who is in a same-sex marriage to a foreign national can now file an immigration petition for their spouse, a privilege that so far has only been extended to same-sex married couples and not those in a civil union.
Undocumented individuals are now eligible to receive temporary driver's licenses in Illinois. On June 17th, Shiller Preyar will be hosting a workshop for all those who need information about securing a Temporary Visitor Driver's License.
Immigration and detention processes can be stressful and confusing. Next week, the Shiller Preyar attorneys are teaming up with First Defense Legal Aid for Know Your Rights panel dedicated to informing you about the ins and outs of immigration procedures involving law enforcement.
At Shiller Preyar, we have handled over 100 police misconduct cases. People do not often know that these lawsuits can take years from start to finish—and the details of the long and labored process can be mystifying and off-putting. It’s incredibly important to pursue your rights in the face of police misconduct, however, no matter how daunting the process may seem. Though no two police misconduct cases are the same, we’ve prepared a rough timeline of how the capable attorneys at Shiller Preyar prepare a “typical” lawsuit.
On Thursday March 27, 2014, the Shiller Preyar team gathered with immigration rights organizations La Familia Latina Unida, the #BringThemHome campaign, and others for a rally and march in support of Elivra Arellano. The event aimed to bring publicity to the recent act of civil disobedience she undertook with about thirty other undocumented children, mothers, and fathers who crossed the U.S./Mexico border to reunite with their families in the United States.
(This post originally ran with the Daily Law Bulletin on March 19, 2014).
This year is likely to bring a series of interesting rulings from the State’s five appellate courts and eventually from the Supreme Court on how the recent liberalized marijuana and gun laws impact 4th amendment analysis for stops and frisks.
Recent announcements have brought Marissa Alexander, and the controversial Stand Your Ground laws, back into the news. In 2012, the domestic violence survivor was convicted with aggravated assault for firing a shot at the ceiling during an attack by her estranged husband. She received the mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years. Though occurring before Trayvon Martin’s killing, Ms. Alexander’s case became especially prominent after George Zimmerman’s trial for that case, and in conjunction with the ongoing case against Michael Dunn, who is accused of killing the black teenager, Jordan Davis. Alexander’s case is often used in larger conversation about Florida’s the inconsistent application of Stand Your Ground or Shoot First laws.
Recent news that New York State has taking steps to end solitary confinement for juveniles and pregnant inmates is heartening, even as it points to the larger problems facing the US corrections system—including wrongful imprisonment, inhospitable and overcrowded correctional facilities, extreme sentencing guidelines. To some people, solitary confinement seems a just punishment and to others it is cruel and inhumane treatment. Here at Shiller Preyar, we tend toward the latter. Either way, it’s important to know what the key issues are in conversations about solitary confinement.
(Brendan Shiller's post originally ran on the Daily Law Bulletin on 2/24/2014).
With each passing year, a higher percentage of actual innocence exonerations are not based on DNA evidence, and more and more exonerations are coming about as the result of pro-active actions by law enforcement agencies, according to a report released by the National Registry of Exonerations on Feb. 4.
There is a fundraiser tomorrow, 2/18, to support Judge Freddrenna Lyle's bid for the Gordon Vacancy on the Appellate Court.