When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure – NYTimes.com

When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure – NYTimes.com.

Paul Ryan’s Proposal Hints at Change in Tone on Poverty – NYTimes.com

Paul Ryan’s Proposal Hints at Change in Tone on Poverty – NYTimes.com.

Upcoming Conference: “The New Prosperity Law – Expanding Opportunity and Reducing Inequality 50 Years after the War on Poverty”

Berkeley FlyerUpcoming Conference: Berkeley School of Law is hosting “The New Prosperity Law – Expanding Opportunity and Reducing Inequality 50 Years after the War on Poverty” on Oct. 16-17, 2014 in Berkeley, CA.  The description of the conference is below:

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, which is an important time to reflect on the role that law schools and lawyers have played, and can continue to play, in efforts to reduce inequality and expand opportunity. In the War on Poverty, law schools and lawyers were central actors in a coordinated strategy to end poverty by establishing constitutional protections and substantive rights for the poor. Within a decade of its inception, however, the substantive antipoverty movement gave way to a procedural access to justice agenda. Political battles over resources for legal services were at the heart of this shift, reflecting larger trends of decentralization (from federal to state) and privatization (from the government to the market). As a result, legal antipoverty efforts today are much more local, varied and diffuse than during the War on Poverty.

This symposium will examine lessons from the last fifty years, consider emerging anti-poverty efforts, explore shifts in the funding landscape and identify strategies to reinvigorate the role of law schools and lawyers in a new antipoverty agenda.

-Thanks to Jeff Selbin for the heads up!

A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn’t destroy the economy – Vox

A guaranteed income for every American would eliminate poverty — and it wouldn’t destroy the economy – Vox.

Paul Ryan and His Poverty Prophet – NYTimes.com

Paul Ryan and His Poverty Prophet – NYTimes.com.

America’s Response to Child Refugees on the Border is Downright Shameful | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com

America’s Response to Child Refugees on the Border is Downright Shameful | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com.

Ryan to propose deficit-neutral anti-poverty plan – The Washington Post

Ryan to propose deficit-neutral anti-poverty plan – The Washington Post [punchline: block grant everything].

And here is a link (I can’t get the functionality to work) to a response by the Sargent Shriver Center:  http://www.theshriverbrief.org/2014/07/articles/economic-security-and-opportun/ryans-path-to-prosperity-means-more-poverty-and-less-opportunityunless-youre-wealthy/

Two New Practice Guides: “U Visas for Immigrant Victims of Hate Crimes: A Practice Guide for Advocates” and ” Financial Costs for Youth and Their Families in the Alameda County Juvenile Justice System: A Guide for Advocates”

Two New Practice Guides prepared as part of a Berkeley law clinic program:

News Coverage: “D.C. family homeless shelter beset by dysfunction, decay”

An extensive article:  Justin Jouvenal, Robert Samuels & DeNeen L. Brown, D.C. family homeless shelter beset by dysfunction, decay, Washington Post, July 12, 2014.

And here is a related op-ed from DC’s other paper: Aaron Weiner, D.C. General Is Awful. Closing It Could Be Worse., Washington City Paper, July 14, 2014.

Upcoming Conference: “Poverty and Place Conference” – UC Davis Nov. 13-14, 2014

Upcoming Conference: “Poverty and Place Conference” – UC Davis Nov. 13-14, 2014.  From the conference website:

The Poverty and Place conference will bring together scholars from across many disciplines—sociology, economics, law, education, social work, geography, planning—to present and discuss their work on the ways in which space and place inflect various dimensions of poverty.

Among other topics, scholars will address the ways in which place can aggravate poverty, as in persistent poverty counties and regions, but also how place-specific interventions can effectively ameliorate poverty.  Papers addressing different aspects of urban, suburban and rural poverty will be part of the conference agenda.

Confirmed presenters include:
• Scott Allard, Social Work, University of Chicago
• Evelyn Blumenberg, Planning, School of Public Affairs, UCLA
• Tracey Farrigan, Geographer, USDA Economic Research Service
• Victoria Lawson and Sarah Elwood, Geography, University of Washington
• Bertrall Ross, Law, UC Berkeley
• Kai Schafft, Sociologist in Dept. of Education, Penn State University
• Jennifer Sherman, Sociology, Washington State University
• Margaret Weir, Sociology, UC Berkeley

The website also has a registration link.  Note as well that this conference is happening just before and overlapping with the ClassCrits conference that is also at UC Davis.