December 23, 2008
Alternative Christmas/Holiday Presents
It is that time again and if you haven't already done your holiday shopping or want to give generally here are some options that I have been emailed about in the last two weeks that I thought might be of interest.
Two non-profits founded by law students at American University stand out as great examples of what committed students are capable of:
- Roots and Wings International. Founded by AU 3L Erik Swanson, Roots and Wings provides college scholarships to an indigenous community in Guatemala. The scholarship recipients then become teachers in their own community, creating a virtuous cycle. Roots and Wings is now working on getting funding for both scholarships ($750 provides a scholarship for an entire year) and constructing a school for the community. To make a donation, click here.
- Asylum Access. Amalia Greenberg, an AU 3L, helped launch the work of this non-profit "dedicated to making refugee rights an on-the-ground reality in Africa, Asia and Latin America." It does this by supporting local legal aid efforts on behalf of refugees and has offices in Tanzania, Ecuador, Thailand. To make a donation, click here.
A couple of other causes that seem worthy of charitable holiday donations and that I have gotten emails about:
- Heartland Alliance. I can't quickly summarize all that they do because it spans a whole range of human need. But they have created a "catalogue" where you can buy things like a "wellness check" for a newborn baby or pay an electric bill for a struggling family. To make a purchase/donation, click here.
- Your local foodbank. This or a donation to someone in the armed forces via a USO care package was suggested in an autogenerated email from Michelle Obama.
-Note: I am in El Salvador for the break and I may be unable to post other suggestions either related to this post or in general for a while given limits on my internet access. Cheers, E.R. firstname.lastname@example.org
December 22, 2008
NYTimes Nicholas D. Kristof, "Business Defeating Poverty"
New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof has a newish blog post "Business Defeating Poverty" Dec. 9, 2008, whose focus is described by the title. The actual post is quite short, but the comments afterward include citations to quite a few sources on philanthrocapitalism and also express some concerns about the focus on business.
-Thanks to Stephanie Humphries for the heads up! E.R. email@example.com
December 20, 2008
New Paper: Susan Carle on Class in Torts and Employment Law
My colleague Susan Carle has posted a new essay onto SSRN: "Short Notes on Teaching About the Micro-Politics of Class, with Examples from Torts and Employment Law Casebooks," forthcoming in the Buffalo Law Review. The abstract is below:
December 19, 2008
New Paper: Spencer Rand on Clinical Teaching and Client Self-Image
Spencer Rand has posted "Creating My Client's Image: Is Case Theory Value Neutral in Public Benefits Cases?" Washington Univ. Journal of Law and Policy (2008) to SSRN. The abstract is below:
Upcoming Conference: Indian/Poverty/Economic Justice/Community Lawyer Clinic Conference
Third Annual Indian Law Clinics and Externship Programs: Symposium and Workshop, Isleta Casino & Resort, Pueblo of Isleta (located just south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 7-9, 2009.
The conference is for “Professors, Directors, Clinicians and Staff of Indian Law, Poverty Law, Economic Justice and Community Lawyering Clinics and those interested in carefully considering their work with Communities through the provision of legal representation.” The goal is to “dedicate time and space for Indian law clinics and other clinicians working with minority populations to work in solidarity on Poverty Law and Community Lawyering issues, to discuss our shared mission and differing perspectives, and to support new ideas.”
Sponsored by Southwest Indian Law Clinic UNM School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; contributors also include The Tribal Law Practice Clinic Washburn University School of Law and Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
December 18, 2008
New Paper: Laura Kessler on "Getting Class"
December 17, 2008
Media coverage of "The Invisible Workforce"
The Central Penn Business Journal is doing a special series on "The Invisible Workforce," looking at ways to bridge the gap between jobless inner-city residents and
employers who complain of being unable to find workers for high-skill,
Op-Ed by the President of the Legal Service Corporation
Helaine M. Barnett, President of the Legal Service Corporation, published an op-ed in the Austin American Statesman on Dec. 12, 2008, "How To Deal with the Justice Gap." A related public hearing can be seen here. Here is the concluding paragraph:
SEE ALSO, from the Center for Law and Social Policy: Alan Houseman and CLASP staff, "CLASP Federal Policy Recommendations for 2009 and Beyond: An Overview," p11-12, Oct. 16, 2008.
-Thanks to the SC Access to Justice Weblog for calling attention to the op-ed! E.R. firstname.lastname@example.org
December 16, 2008
22nd Annual Robert M. Cover Retreat, Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2009
SEALS 2009 Panels/Tentative Schedule
The Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) annual conference is from Aug. 2-Aug. 8, 2009, at the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach, FL. The tentative schedule includes panels such as: Critical Race Theory, The School-to-Prison Pipeline, Theories of Equality, The NAACP at 100, Economic Inequality and the Role of Law, and Legal Issues Related to the Crisis... The registration page is here.
December 9, 2008
Call for Papers: Political Science Conference on Poverty
The Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions at Emory University is hosting "Reducing Poverty: Explaining Recent State Policy Innovations and Strategies," Nov. 19-20, 2009. The call for papers seems fairly open to academics and practitioners and has a Jan. 16, 2009 deadline.
December 8, 2008
Op-Ed on repealing the Bush tax cuts
Here: Robert H. Frank, "Why Wait to Repeal Tax Cuts for the Rich?" New York Times, Dec. 5, 2008.
Relatedly, Darren Hutchinson has this post on his blog, Dissenting Justice (not looking at the tax cut issue but at Obama as a moderate, not a progressive).
December 5, 2008
Article of Interest: "Lifting Burdens: Proof, Social Justice, and Public Assistance Administrative Hearings"
Article of interest: Lisa Ellen Brodoff, Lifting Burdens: Proof, Social Justice, and Public Assistance Administrative Hearings, 32 NYU Rev. L. & Soc. Change 131 (2008). This SSRN link is to an earlier draft, the final version I think is only available through Lexis or Westlaw. Abstract below:
December 4, 2008
Self-Promoting Post on Remittances
My article, "Immigrant Remittances," has now been published by Connecticut Law Review and the final version is now on SSRN. The abstract is below:
The BBC has posted an 18 minute BizDaily podcast on remittances that aired on Dec. 1, 2008. The big issue involving remittances this year is the effect that the economic troubles in the U.S. will have on remittance levels. The Migration Policy Institute made this, "Remittance Patterns in Flux," the 3rd of the 10 biggest migration issues of 2008.
December 3, 2008
Costs of Higher Education
A headline from the New York Times today tells the story, "College May Become Unaffordable for Most in U.S." (by Tamar Levin), Dec. 3, 2008. The associated graphic is here. Relatedly, on Nov. 30, Tamar Levin's article about foreign study, "Going off to College for Less (Passport Required)" was published by the NYTimes.
For postings and articles related to the rise in law school costs, see:
- William D. Henderson & Andrew P. Morriss, "What Law School Rankings Don't Say About Costly Choices," National Law Journal, Apr. 16, 2008
- A Columbia Law School explanation for why law school costs so much.
- Equal Justice Works' page on educational debt/public interest path.
- George C. Leef, "Why Law School Costs So Much," Regulation Spring 2003 [2 page article on SSRN].
- N. William Hines, "Ten Major Changes in Legal Education Over the Past 25 Years," AALS website [listing and discussing cost as number 8 in a list of ten changes].
-Thanks to Leiter's Law School Reports for the heads up. E.R. email@example.com
December 1, 2008
Native American and Rural Economic Development
For those interested in economic development of Indian tribes or of Indian reservations, a new article highlights the ways in which tribes and rural communities face similar economic development challenges and that both should do more to take advantage of existing funding streams/resources. The article is Joanna M. Wagner, Improving Native American Equal Access to Federal Funding for Economic Development Through Partnerships with Rural Communities, 32 Am. Indian L. Rev. 525 (2008). The American Indian Law Review does not have the paper available though its site, so for now Lexis and Westlaw are the only ways to get the article.
Two new Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal articles of interest
Two articles of interest:
- Jane Gravelle & Jennifer Gravelle, Taxing Poor Families: The Evolution of Treatment Under the Federal Income Tax, 7 Conn. Pub. Int. L.J. 35 (2008).
- Tan N. Nguyen, An Affair to Forget: Law School's Deleterious Effect on Student's Public Interest Aspirations, 7 Conn. Pub. Int. L.J. 95 (2008) [very short with a slight focus on Northeastern].