Appleseed Mexico was founded in 2003 with a mission to strengthen the country’s civil society organizations and provide systemic legal support for vulnerable communities. A key component of Appleseed Mexico’s work has been building up a thriving pro bono culture in Mexico to help more, and to help better.
We are proud to congratulate Carla Crowder, Executive Director of Alabama Appleseed, for her role in the recent release of Alvin Kennard from prison in Alabama where he had been serving a life sentence without parole for robbing a bakery of $50 thirty-six years ago.
Last month, Carla stood with Alvin as the judge righted this wrong and resentenced this 58-year-old man to time served. The courtroom erupted with joy from the crowd gathered to support a man who previously had been condemned to die in prison.
Appleseed Centers all over the US and Mexico are working hard – and receiving excellent press coverage for their work.
Last month, we featured the work of Missouri Appleseed and this month we are proud to share that Massachusetts Appleseed's own Deborah Silva was quoted in the most recent issue of the ABA Journal. Silva was interviewed for an article discussing court bans on electronic devices: “‘It's a real barrier to access to justice. The burden of this policy really falls to those who can't afford to hire an attorney.’"
On February 27th, 2019, the Appleseed Network held their second Seeds of Learning Event at Teddy & the Bully Bar for a conversation with former DOJ Office for Access to Justice head, Maha Jweied on access to justice. Read more about the event below.
Appleseed has focused on access to justice for 25 years. Protecting judicial integrity, improving the operation and structure of courts, and offering resources to pro se litigants are at the forefront of Appleseed’s work to promote justice. This work is not finished. Join us to learn about the latest developments and discuss new justice initiatives we can support.