February 27, 2009
News Coverage of Obama's Budget and Welfare
David Stout, "Drilling Down on the Budget: Welfare," New York Times, Feb. 26, 2009.
Washington Post, "2010 Budget Blueprint: Agency by Agency," Feb. 27, 2009.
Tom Hart, "ONE and the President's Budget," ONE campaign, Feb. 26, 2009.
Link to the entire blueprint here in PDF.
February 26, 2009
Good Mapping Source: Dataplace.org
For those looking for a great resource for understanding how cities change over time or who want to look at demographics such as poverty rates in different parts of a city, www.dataplace.org is GREAT! I have only begun to explore their map feature, but by entering particular cities, you can get a good sense of the changes that have taken place between 1990 and 2000. Dataplace also launched www.foreclosure-response.org that has a good mapping feature related to the current crisis.
February 24, 2009
Pathways Winter 2009 Issue: focus on healthcare
The newest issue of Pathways, a publication of the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, is out and focuses on healthcare. Most of the articles are about healthcare reform but there are also articles about EITC and consumer indebtedness. The PDF is available here.
February 20, 2009
Article of Interest: "Broadening the Right to Acquire Capital with the Earnings of Capital"
Robert Ashford has posted "Broadening the Right to Acquire Capital with the Earnings of Capital: The Missing Link to Sustainable Economic Recovery and Growth" to SSRN. The abstract is below:
News Coverage of use of Food Banks
Story here: Julie Bosman, "Newly Poor Swell Lines at Food Banks Nationwide," New York Times, Feb. 19, 2009.
Also for those teaching, the following story though not on poverty but on student grade expectations may be of interest.
February 18, 2009
Call for Papers: Subprime Mortgages Database Project
Courtesy of SSRN:
CALL FOR PAPERS: INVESTIGATING LENDER PRACTICES IN THE SUBPRIME MORTGAGE MARKET
Proposal Deadline: MARCH 31, 2009
The Valparaiso University School of Law and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) invite proposals for papers based on a unique set of data from the National Mortgage Data Repository (NMDR), a joint project between NCLC and the University of Connecticut. Authors whose projects are selected will be invited to present their work at a Spring 2010 symposium at Valparaiso.
Mortgage Plan and Welfare
Coverage of Obama's Mortgage Plan:
- Renae Merle, "$75B Program Aims to Lower Mortgages, Foreclosures," Washington Post, Feb. 18, 2009.
- Mark S. Smith & Alan Ziebel, "Obama's Foreclosure Plan Seeks to Save Millions from Losing Homes," AP, Feb. 18, 2009 (link to Huffington Post).
Additionally, an article on welfare for fun: Robert Rector & Katherine Bradley, "Stimulus Bill Abolishes Welfare Reform and Adds New Welfare Spending," Heritage Foundation WebMemo, Feb. 11, 2009.
February 16, 2009
Call for Law and Society Roundtable Participants: Teaching Gender Inequality in Law Schools
CALL FOR ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS; CRN No. 9 (Gender and Legal Education)
LAW AND SOCIETY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING, May 28-31, 2009, Denver, CO
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL: FEBRUARY 25, 2009
Roundtable: Teaching Gender Inequality in Law Schools
Conversations about gender and sexuality in core law school
courses are often focused on equality—constitutional doctrines of formal
equality meted out by high courts – rather than underlying causes, effects and
forms of inequality. Law students are
rarely asked to consider if inequality itself is undesirable, and whether law
has a role in perpetuating, creating, resisting or eliminating it. While these
concepts are foundational in most sociology or anthropology programs, they are
not central to the law school curriculum, especially in the first year.
While there is no doubt that court cases eliminating legal barriers to gender and sexual equality are important for all law students to learn, the conversation is impoverished if they are the only vehicle used to examine gender, sexuality and other intersecting forms of inequality in a typical course of law school study. Teachers of today’s generation of students also must grapple with the fact that gender inequality looks different to students than it did even fifteen years ago. The generation of women entering law school—the beneficiaries of equal opportunity to education under Title IX and employment under Title VII – are members of a community in which young women have excelled. Many of them do not perceive gendered inequality operating in their lives. This creates a displacement where students who are interested in women’s rights are more comfortable examining the inequality of women in exotic foreign locales (such as inequalities suffered by Muslim women, victims of sex trafficking or of mass sexual violence). At the same time, however, they are slow to recognize the structural nature of gendered inequalities that persist closer to home. They may be quick to dismiss their own anxieties as problems that can be overcome by making perfect individual choices. Students interested in eliminating the inequality of the LGBTQ community might perceive that inequality more starkly, but still often lack the vocabulary to discuss questions of law, power and sexuality outside of the bounds of formal equality.
In the climate of change created by recent critiques of legal education, roundtable participants will take up the question of how social scientists and law teachers can become allies in the creation of materials, techniques and strategies to teach law students about the gender, sexual, and intersectional inequalities in the U.S. legal system and culture. Possible topics might include: innovations in legal pedagogy; strategies for exploring gender and sexual inequality in core law school courses (e.g., contracts, torts, criminal law); whether the training of lawyers should include an apprenticeship of identity and purpose that has at its core a commitment to reducing inequality; teaching techniques for reinvigorating courses on discrimination with more nuanced and sophisticated understandings of how structural inequalities play out in the lives of lawyers and their clients; exploring the role of experiential and clinical education in both fighting inequality and teaching students about its nature; incorporating questions of how law enables corporations and consumer culture to create and perpetuate gender inequality into law school teaching; and addressing inequality created or sustained by culture and religion in U.S. domestic as well as international settings.
If you would like to join the roundtable, please email Daniela Kraiem, CRN No. 9 Organizer and Associate Director, Women and the Law Program, American University Washington College of Law at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief paragraph describing your interest in participating in the roundtable by February 25, 2009.
LSA roundtables are generally informal
discussions, guided by the questions and themes raised by the panelists. Panelists should be prepared to offer 7-10
minutes of remarks, followed by discussion of roundtable themes.
February 13, 2009
Article of Interest: "Subprime Communities: Reverse Redlining, the Fair Housing Act and Emerging Issues in Litigation Regarding the Subprime Mortgage Crisis"
A new and timely article of interest: Ray Brescia, Subprime Communities: Reverse Redlining, the Fair Housing Act and Emerging Issues in Litigation Regarding the Subprime Mortgage Crisis, 2 Albany Gov't L. Rev. 164 (2009). The abstract is below:
As the nation struggles to find its bearings in the current financial crisis, and venerable pillars of Wall Street crumble, hundreds of billions of dollars will be spent to shore up the financial system and re-capitalize credit markets. While the eyes of Washington are directed towards Wall Street, there is much talk of the need to prop up Main Street as well, and nowhere is this more apparent than in communities and neighborhoods across the United States that have experienced the first wave of the financial crisis: home upon home of foreclosed properties, abandoned and neglected, their absent silence hard to ignore. Many of these communities are communities of color.
Municipalities across the United States are trying to develop effective responses to the fallout in their communities from the collapse of the subprime mortgage market, funding housing counseling programs and foreclosure mediation, and regulating the maintenance of foreclosed and abandoned homes. Another type of intervention that may prove promising is the prosecution of affirmative civil actions, designed either to punish lenders who allegedly engaged in discriminatory subprime lending practices, or those failing to maintain their portfolio of foreclosed homes. A case of the first type has been filed in Baltimore; cases of the second type have been filed in Cleveland and Buffalo. This article is an attempt to review some of the emerging issues in discrimination law, as there is a growing body of lawsuits directed at "reverse redlining": the practice of targeting borrowers of color for loans on unfavorable terms, and an evolving jurisprudence on this issue that departs in some significant ways from more traditional approaches to discrimination in the market.
Washington Post: "Out of Work and Challenged on Benefits, Too"
News article of interest: Peter Whoriskey, "Out of Work and Challenged on Benefits, Too," Washington Post, Feb. 12, 2009 (about employers blocking payouts to former employees).
-Thanks to Francine Lipman for the heads up! E.R. email@example.com
February 11, 2009
Free Audio Training: Housing is a Human Right: Human Rights Framing for Housing & Homeless Advocates
Free Audio Training on Housing is a Human Right: Human Rights Framing for Housing & Homeless Advocates February 25, 2009 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET. Overview:
The human rights system provides an important framework for connecting civil rights issues with economic and social justice. As part of the movement to reframe the crisis in affordable and public housing as a violation of the right to housing, NLCHP is helping to coordinate regional Congressional field hearings in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and New York City. In this webinar, we will share basic information about the human rights framework and how to frame domestic issues of affordable housing and homelessness in human rights terms. To register, click here.
Somewhat relatedly, Gapminder.org has created a flash presentation called "dollar street" that showcases the quality of housing at various income levels, moving up from a $1/day. The presentation is interesting if not as promising in practice as the premise.
-Thanks again to Parag Khandhar and also to Rick Wilson! E.R. firstname.lastname@example.org
February 10, 2009
New Article: "Tenants: Innocent Victims of the Nation's Foreclosure Crisis"
A new article of interest (though unfortunately I could only find it available through Lexis or Westlaw): Vicki Been & Allegra Glashausser, Tenants: Innocent Victims of the Nation's Foreclosure Crisis, 2 Alb. Gov't L. Rev. 1 (2009). The article is part of an issue dedicated to the crisis. An earlier article with Vicki Been as one of the co-authors of interest and available through SSRN is: Jenny Schuetz, Vicki Been & Ingrid Gould Ellen, Neighborhood Effects of Concentrated Mortgage Foreclosures (Working Paper July 11, 2008).
-Thanks to Parag Khandhar for the heads up! E.R. email@example.com
February 9, 2009
Jason DeParle on Welfare
Jason DeParle has a new article that while not breaking new ground does quickly present the major debates in welfare policy: what should count, should it be tied to work, deserving/undeserving, etc... The article is: Jason DeParle, "The 'W' Word, Re-Engaged," New York Times, Feb. 7, 2009.
February 8, 2009
Article of Interest: "Distributive Justice and Private Law"
Article of Interest:
- Aditi Bagchi, Distributive Justice and Private Law, 60 Hastings L.J. 105 (2008). Only available on Lexis or Westlaw (not public available that I could find).
February 6, 2009
Upcoming Conference: Property Ownership and Economic Stability
Saint Louis University School of Law Public Law Review is hosting "Property Ownership and Economic Stability: A Necessary Relationship?" on Feb. 27, 2009. The schedule can be found here and the participants here. The overview of the conference is below:
Upcoming Conference: The Evolving Definition of the Immigrant Worker
The University of San Francisco's Law Review Symposium is "The Evolving Definition of the Immigrant Worker: The Intersection Between Employment, Labor, and Human Rights Law," Feb. 27, 2009. The registration information is here and the participant bios can be found here.
-Thanks to Legal Scholarship Blog for the heads up! E.R. firstname.lastname@example.org
February 5, 2009
Social Entreprenuership and Obama
Of interest perhaps to students considering applying for social entreprenuership grants such as Echoing Green is a short paper on what Obama could do to support such activities: Michele Jolin, "Innovating the White House: How the next President of the United States can spur social entreprenuership," Stanford Social Innovation Review (Spring 2008).
(Another article that seems interesting is "Romanticizing the Poor," by Aneel Karnani and critiquing "bottom-up" market solutions to poverty, but it requires a subscription to read.)
-Courtesy of Echoing Green. E.R. email@example.com
February 3, 2009
Conference Announcement: "Getting It Right: The Government's Role in Housing and Economic Development"
Brooklyn Law School and the Brooklyn Law School Journal of Law and Policy are sponsoring "Getting it Right: The Government's Role in Housing and Economic Development" on Friday, March 27, 2009. The program is here.
NY Times, "Welfare Aid Isn't Growing as Economy Drops Off"