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1990 July

The First Year of Operating a Prisoners' Legal Services Program

Part II

By Robert C. Hauhart

This article, the second of two parts. describes the first year of operation of the Prisoners' Rights Program of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, including the types and numbers of requests for assistance, practical problems encountered early on, and the results of an ongoing audit of the program's caseload. (Part I appears in the June 1990 issue.)

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The Limits of the Elliott Doctrine

Preserving Civil Rights Claims in the Wake of a State Agency Decision

By Yolanda Carmen Vera & Brian Lawlor

With its 1986 decision in University of Tennessee v. Elliott, the Supreme Court continued to expand the boundaries of federal preclusion rules and their application to civil rights claims; Elliott was the first case in which the Supreme Court determined what preclusive effect should be given to findings of fact made by a state administrative agency, as opposed to a state court judgment, in a later suit in federal court asserting section 1983 claims.

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