Spokane County shifts course on criminal justice reform program, despite concerns from Prosecutor’s Office

Betty Q. Hixson

Spokane County appears to be shifting course on a significant, but stalled, criminal justice reform program. On Tuesday, the commissioners gave Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich permission to find a third-party vendor to run a supported release pilot program in Spokane County District Court. The decision followed a Spokesman-Review report published less […]

Is 2022 the Year for Federal Cannabis Reform?

Betty Q. Hixson

Friday, February 11, 2022 Hope soared with the possibility of federal cannabis reform in 2021.  And for good reason –  the induction of a new, more liberal administration, rapid state-level legalization, broad support by Americans,[1] and growing bipartisan backing led many to believe that 2021 was going to be the year […]

Immigration Reform in The America COMPETES Act of 2022

Betty Q. Hixson

Executive Summary The U.S. immigration system needs fundamental reform to counter worsening demographic trends—such as the country’s declining birthrate and aging population—and to refocus immigration criteria to prioritize high-skilled workers. The America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521), contains the […]

FACT SHEET: The White House and Department of Justice Announced 99 Law Schools in 35 States and Puerto Rico Continue to Answer the Attorney General’s Call to Action for Stronger Access to Justice and Court Reform on Eviction Prevention

Betty Q. Hixson

Today, the White House and the Department of Justice announced 99 law schools have responded to the Attorney General’s Call to Action to the Legal Profession, issued on August 30, 2021, to address the housing and eviction crisis. The Attorney General’s Call to Action asked lawyers and law students to […]