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.
May 13, 2009
Alan B. Morrison to be the GW's first Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law
Congratulations Alan! -E.R.
May 11, 2009
Jason DeParle on State Aid for those in need
May 9, 2009
Article of Interest: Keith Cunningham-Parmeter on Redefining the Rights of Undocumented Workers
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.
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 (email@example.com). Senior scholars participating in the workshop will select papers no later than June 15.
Disaster Planning and Vulnerable Populations
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, .
-Thanks to Greg Coppa for the heads up! E.R. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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.