Event: UDC Law Review 2014 Symposium April 4, 2014: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Opportunity in America Today Renewing the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later

Friday, April 4, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Room 518
Washington, DC 20008

Featuring
The Honorable Thomas E. Perez
Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
22nd Annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecturer

Event description:

 In declaring the War on Poverty fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson summoned the Nation to eliminate “barriers to full participation in our society” and strive to give each and every American a “fair chance to develop their own capacities.”  In recognizing the Fiftieth Anniversary of that bold but unfinished task, the UDC Law Review has gathered leading policy and legal experts for this full-day symposium that explores new ways to combat the root causes of poverty in the U.S. today that continue to impair economic opportunity and mobility for many Americans.  The Symposium broadly addresses barriers to economic equality and mobility in contemporary America, and ways to overcome those barriers.  Noted policy and legal experts will present papers and ideas in discussion panels focusing on the following areas (some panels subject to modification):
Access to Justice for the Poor (estimated start time:  5:00 p.m.). Featuring:

*  James S. Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation

*  Peter B. Edelman, Director, Georgetown Law, Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy;

*  Jonathan M. Smith, Chief, Special Litigation Unit, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice;

*  John C. Brittain, Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

Inequality in Education, Health Care and Housing, including the impact of unaffordable housing on families of the District of Columbia (start time to be determined and precise speakers subject to possible modification).  Featuring:

*  Edgar S. Cahn, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

*  Marta Beresin, Staff Attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

*  Helen Frazer, Associate Dean for Law Library, and Associate Professor, University of the District of Columbia David A.Clarke School of Law

The Impact of Debt on Economic Mobility, including the effect of bankruptcy laws on American consumers, and proposals to address the growing problem of debt in America (start time to be determined and precise speakers subject to possible modification).  Featuring:

*  The Honorable Judge Stephen S. Mitchell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (RET.) (Invited)

*  James Tsai, Attorney and Policy Professional

Proposed Changes in Welfare Policy, the need for income supplements to enhance living standards, and creating more opportunities for poor and low income individuals to join the economic mainstream. (start time to be determined and precise speakers subject to possible modification). Featuring:

*  Aleta Sprague, Esq., Policy Analyst, New American Foundation, Asset Building Program

*  Spencer Rand, Clinical Associate Professor, Temple University, Beasley School of Law

*  Joy Moses, Attorney and Policy Professional

Community Development and the Need to Broaden Access to Capital with emphasis on wealth-sharing and worker-owned pilot projects, the role of public benefit corporations and social enterprises, and examples of recent community economic development initiatives. (start time to be determined and precise speakers subject to possible modification).  Featuring:

*  Alicia Plerhoples, Associate Professor & Director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic, Georgetown UniversitySchool of Law

*  Steve Dubb, Research Director, The Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland

*  Louise Howells, Professor of Law & Director of the Community Development Law Clinic, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

The Symposium will conclude with remarks delivered by
The Honorable Thomas E. Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, this year’s
David A. Clarke School of Law’s Annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecturer.

Additional Symposium program details forthcoming at http://www.law.udc.edu/event/2014Symposium

 

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