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2014 Law Review Symposium: Renewing the War on Poverty

Friday, April 4, 2014  
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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, on April 4, 2014, the UDC Law Review gathered leading policy and legal experts for a full-day symposium, Overcoming Barriers to Economic Opportunity in America Today: Renewing the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later, to explore 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 addressed barriers to economic equality and mobility in contemporary America, and ways to overcome those barriers. Noted policy and legal experts presented papers and ideas in discussion panels focusing on the following areas:

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. 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

The Impact of Bankruptcy and Debt on Economic Mobility, including the effect of bankruptcy laws on American consumers and their ability to get a fresh start. Featuring:

  • The Honorable Judge Stephen S. Mitchell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (RET.)
  • Joseph A. Guzinski, Assistant U.S. Trustee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • James Tsai, Attorney and Policy Professional

Inequality in Education, Health Care and Housing, including the impact of lack of affordable housing on families of the District of Columbia. Featuring:

  • 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

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. Featuring:

  • Alicia Plerhoples, Associate Professor & Director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic, Georgetown University School 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

Access to Justice for the Poor. 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

The Symposium was followed by the annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecture delivered by:

  • The Honorable Thomas E. Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

Read a summary of the 2014 Rauh Lecture or watch the video


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