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When: Friday, April 4, 2014
11:30 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Moot Court Room
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States

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UDC Law Review 2014 Symposium

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

WashingtonDC 20008


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):


UDC Law Review 2014 Symposium

Overcoming Barriers to Economic Opportunity in America Today

Renewing the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later

Friday, April 4, 2014



[as of 04/02/2014]


11:30 a.m.                             Registration and Lunch Served


12:00 p.m.                            Welcome and Opening Remarks

Julia Gagne Rupert, Law Review Editor-in-Chief

Shelley Broderick, Dean 




 12:10 p.m.                            Lunch Panel: Addressing Limitations in Welfare & Wage Policy

Aleta Sprague, Esq., Policy Analyst, New America Foundation, Asset Building Program - "Next Generation TANF: Re-Conceptualizing Public Assistance as a Vehicle for Financial Inclusion"

Spencer Rand, Clinical Assistant Professor, Temple University, Beasley School of Law - How welfare law discourages poor people from getting married

Joy Moses, Attorney and Public Policy Professional [Center for American Progress] - "Plan B for When Work Fails to Produce Family Supporting Income"

LaShanda Taylor Adams, Associate Professor of Law, UDC-DCSL


1:20 p.m.                               The Impact of Bankruptcy and Debt on Economic Mobility [Bankruptcy Focus]

James Tsai, Attorney and Public Policy Professional [FaegreBD Consulting- "The Changing Bankruptcy Code and the Fresh Start for the Poor"

Hon. Stephen S. Mitchell, Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of Virginia

Joseph A. Guzinski, Assistant U.S. Trustee, Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


2:15 p.m.                               Break

2:25 p.m.                               Introduction of 2014-2015 Law Review Editorial Board



2:30 p.m.                               Inequality in Education and Health Care: Barriers to Opportunity AND The Impact

                                                of Unaffordable Housing on the Family: The Case of the District of Columbia

Helen Frazer, Associate Dean for Law Library, and Associate Professor, UDC-DCSL
 - “Can Head Start Be Saved? A Convergence of Interests Essay”

Marta Beresin, Staff Attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless 
- "Misguided Policies From Our Nation's Capital: Reporting Families for Child Neglect Because They Are Homeless"


3:10 p.m.                               Community Development/Access to Capital Panel

Louise Howells, Professor, UDC-DCSL 
- "Ownership, Control, and Investment of Capital Assets: SEC Rules and Implications for Wealth Equity"

Steve Dubb, Research Director of The Democracy Collaborative at the University of Maryland

Alicia Plerhoples, Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Law


4:15 p.m.                               Reception


4:45 p.m.                               Presentation of Distinguished Faculty Award - Remarks by Professor Cahn


5:00 p.m.                               Access to Justice Fifty Years after the War on Poverty

Peter Edelman, Professor, Georgetown University School of Law

James Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation

Jonathan Smith, Chief, Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

John Brittain, UDC-DCSL Professor

Moderator: Vanita Snow


6:15 p.m.                               Break & Seating for Rauh Lecture


Session III: Joseph L. Rauh Lecture


7:00 p.m.                               Honorable Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor


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.

Symposium Registration:

Separate Registration Required for Rauh Lecture:

 The 2014 Summer Fellowship Auction will take place immediately following the Lecture.


Free and open to the public!

Additional program details forthcoming.

 For more information, contact John Kinney:

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