Hughes Hubbard and the Legal Aid Society announced the favorable settlement of a class action lawsuit they brought challenging the adequacy of housing assistance for poor families. The settlement will help thousands of families avoid eviction and homelessness.
Hughes Hubbard played a pivotal role in achieving an important settlement for voting rights advocates after the state of Georgia agreed to end its "exact-match" voter registration verification scheme.
As part of the settlement, announced on Feb. 10, 2017, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp agreed to stop automatically canceling voter registration applications that do not match state driver's license and Social Security records.
Hughes Hubbard obtained asylum for a transgender woman who fled her native Mexico to escape severe mistreatment and persecution due to her perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
After 30 months of work that included managing a private cold-case investigation of events in East New York in the early '90s and the retention of a leading false-confession expert, Hughes Hubbard helped clear the name of a woman who spent 10 years in prison after being framed by a rogue detective.
Hughes Hubbard secured dismissal of a murder conviction of a pro bono client who served more than 23 years in prison.
On Aug. 31, Ruddy Quezada was released from Rikers Island after Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson admitted his long-serving predecessor had withheld key evidence in the case.
“Without opportunity on the part of the poor to obtain expert legal advice, it is idle to talk of equality before the law.” Charles Evans Hughes