A Boy Suffers Horrific Sexual Abuse by Multiple Perpetrators While At LaSalle School, Albany, NY

Download: Complaint filed by Daniel Lewis on 11/12/2019. La Salle School, Albany, NY Fr. Joseph Romano William H. Keyes Note: Telephone interviews of Daniel Lewis or any of the attorneys can be arranged by contacting Craig Vernon at (208) 667-0683 or by email at cvernon@jvwlaw.net. Daniel Lewis has filed a civil lawsuit against The … Read more

More Than 600 Clergy Abusers Named in California

In California, there are more than 660 credibly accused Catholic clergy abusers, according to one organization that tracks the abuse. The list of abusers includes four high-ranking bishops among the list of priests accused of harming children. Victims of sexual abuse in California now have more time to seek justice through the courts, thanks … Read more

Changes in New Jersey Law and a Victim Compensation Program Bring New Hope to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

By Daniel Keyes On Friday May 10, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill into law that expands the state’s statute of limitations for civil sexual abuse claims. Most notably, the bill creates a two-year window for victims of sexual abuse to bring claims against their perpetrators, no matter how long ago … Read more

Diocese of Rochester Ends Its Compensation Program

The Diocese of Rochester issued a statement on March 14th, 2019 stating that it would no longer accept new applicants for its reconciliation and compensation program. James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A. has represented most of the survivors of clergy abuse who have used this program to resolve their claims without costly litigation. This news … Read more

Channel 10 WHEC Covers Rochester Diocese Settlements

Channel 10 News (WHEC) in Rochester, NY recently covered Governor Cuomo’s signing of the Child Victims Act, and the Rochester Diocese mediation process. Our very own, Leander James IV spoke to WHEC about these claims.  https://www.whec.com/top-news/diocese-of-rochester-survivors-reach-settlement/

Do New York State Catholic Compensation Programs Bring Justice and Healing to Child Sexual Abuse Survivors?

By Leander James In 2016, faced with mounting political and legal pressure, the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan, announced the creation of an “Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program” (IRCP) to compensate individuals sexually abused as children by clergy within the Diocese.  Most dioceses in New York State have followed suit by creating their own … Read more