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May 18, 2009

World Food Program's new food market: Purchase for Progress

A new article of interest (includes a somewhat skeptical interview of Amartya Sen), Frederick Kaufman, "Let Them Eat Cash: Can Bill Gates Turn Hunger into Profit?" Harper's Magazine, June 2009. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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May 13, 2009

Alan B. Morrison to be the GW's first Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law

The GW Press Release is here

Congratulations Alan!  -E.R.

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May 11, 2009

Jason DeParle on State Aid for those in need

Jason DeParle has a new story of interest, "For Recession Victims, Patchwork State Aid," New York Times, May 9, 2009.  There is also an associated graphic on the variations in aid across the country. 

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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May 9, 2009

Article of Interest: Keith Cunningham-Parmeter on Redefining the Rights of Undocumented Workers

Keith Cunningham-Parmeter has posted his article, Redefining the Rights of Undocumented Workers, to SSRN.  The abstract is below:

Should a nation extend legal rights to those who enter the country illegally? The Supreme Court recently addressed this question when it held that unauthorized immigrants who are fired illegally for unionizing cannot recover monetary remedies. This has led to a significant decline in employment protections for unauthorized immigrants beyond the unionized sector. For example, some courts now question whether unauthorized immigrants can receive full remedies for sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, or on-the-job injuries.

Scholars have criticized these losses but have yet to formulate a coherent framework for evaluating the employment rights of unauthorized immigrants. This article does so by distilling and applying several core principles at issue when employment laws conflict with immigration laws. I begin by explaining how the text and purpose of selected immigration and employment statutes show that Congress never intended to restrict unauthorized immigrants’ employment rights. Remedial restrictions not only harm the workplace protections at issue, they fail to discourage illegal immigration. Thus, neither legislative intent nor national immigration goals justify limiting the workplace remedies available to unauthorized immigrants.

Although the future rights of unauthorized workers will turn partly on the issues of statutory purpose and immigration policy discussed in the early sections of the article, equally important are the consequences of diminished rights. Accordingly, I conclude the article by explaining why restricting workplace protections based on status harms citizens as well as immigrants. I contend that employment protections are “rights of partial inclusion” that reflect a distinctive sphere - the workplace - where unauthorized immigrants should be placed on par with citizens in pursuing collective interests. In contrast to arguments that favor limiting resources to lawful residents, partial inclusion explains how employment protections can effectively preserve national identity while simultaneously enhancing unauthorized immigrants’ incentives for social investment. In doing so, partial inclusion furthers the community’s self-definition, while providing unauthorized immigrants with a sense of belonging in a world increasingly focused on their exclusion.

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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May 8, 2009

Call for Papers: Children and the Law Junior Faculty Workshop

Call for Papers

Children and the Law Junior Faculty Workshop

July 16 -17, 2009

The Frances Lewis Law Center at Washington & Lee University is sponsoring a workshop for junior scholars working on legal issues related to children.  The workshop will be held this summer on the campus of Washington & Lee in Lexington, Virginia.  It is expected that this will be the first in a series of junior faculty workshops on topics related to family law and children and the law.  Several institutions, including William and Mary Law School and the George Washington University School of Law, have expressed an interest in hosting workshops in the future.

The workshop will include both junior and senior scholars.  Each junior scholar will present his or her paper to the group, with comments from a senior scholar and from the audience to follow.  The senior scholars will also participate in two panel discussions during the conference, one on innovations in teaching and one on new directions for scholarship.  Senior scholars who are expected to attend include Vivian Hamilton of William and Mary Law School, Sacha Coupet of Loyola University, Chicago School of Law, and Robin Wilson and Joan Shaughnessy of Washington and Lee.

The workshop can accommodate eight junior scholars.  Applications are welcome from untenured faculty and recently tenured faculty and from those who will be joining a faculty in the upcoming academic year. Junior clinicians are very welcome. There is no registration fee for this conference and the Frances Lewis Law Center is pleased to furnish meals and lodging for the participants.  The workshop will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 16 and end at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17.

Junior scholars wishing to participate in the workshop are asked to e-mail an abstract and a curriculum vitae by June 8, 2009 to Administrative Assistant Diane Hamilton-Figgers Cochran at Washington & Lee (cochrand@wlu.edu). Senior scholars participating in the workshop will select papers no later than June 15.

For information, please contact Professor Joan Shaughnessy (shaughnessyj@wlu.edu)  or Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson (wilsonr@wlu.edu) at Washington & Lee University School of Law, 540-458-8400.


May 8, 2009 in Conferences and Calls for Papers | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Disaster Planning and Vulnerable Populations

Lakefront Supermarket It is about to be the start of hurricane season again (it may already be -- since I moved from New Orleans I don't follow it as much as I used to; where I am now the local weatherman is not a celebrity, unlike New Orleans' Bob Breck!), and the Institute for Business and Home Safety has a short, 4 page, report on disasters and vulnerable populations. The report, available here, highlights the critical need in high-risk communities to better-protect citizens who need special assistance to prepare for hazards. In this white paper, IBHS outlines how disasters often disproportionately impact the poor, elderly, disabled, non-English speakers and others, and offers solutions to limit displacement, sustain affordable housing, create economic activity and reduce the overall cost of response and recovery.

-Thanks to Greg Coppa for the heads up! E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

May 8, 2009 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Social Welfare Action Alliance 2009 Conference: "Building the Unsettling Force: A National Conference to Abolish Poverty"

The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign and The Social Welfare Action Alliance are sponsoring a conference, "Building the Unsettling Force: A National Conference to Abolish Poverty," July 16-19, 2009 in Louisville, KY at Spalding University.  From the organizers:

This conference is being organized to provide a forum for people to share ideas, inspire, and motivate each other. We will strive for collective actions based in sound analyses - actions that can be taken locally, regionally, and nationally when we leave this gathering. Abolish poverty in these times of increasing joblessness, homelessness, hunger, and unemployment? We say "yes" and turn to the wisdoms of Martin Luther King, who envisioned an organized "unsettling force" built across racial lines that would spark a "revolution of values" to reorganize our society.

The call for participation deadline is May 15, 2009.  

-Thanks to Rick Wilson for the heads up.  E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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May 5, 2009

Symposium Issue on "New Directions in Clinical Legal Education"

The articles connected to the symposium "New Directions in Clinical Legal Education" are available on the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy's website.  Also on their site, under issue 24, is an article that I missed but that is of interest: Julie Nice, Promoting Marriage Experimentation: A Class Act? 24 Wash. Univ. J. of L. & Pol'y 31 (2007).

Lastly, for those who haven't see it (few I bet), there is a great Law Clinic blog worth checking out that follows many of the same things as this blog does: clinicians with not enough to do

-E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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