Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The criminalization of homelessness and violence against people who are homeless is on the rise and demonstrates that added protections are necessary to protect the civil rights of people who are homeless. Multiple cities have passed or are considering passing a Homeless Bill of Rights (for a complete list visit the National Coalition for the Homeless here.) This movement presents an ideal opportunity for experiential learning and teaching law students about legislative advocacy.
On April 15th at 2pm (EST), Professor Rankin, Tristia Bauman, Housing Program Director at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and Paul Boden, Executive and Organizing Director at Western Regional Advocacy Project will present on this timely topic and discuss the powerful legislative tool. The webinar will highlight the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty's report, "From Wrongs to Rights: The Case for Homeless Bills of Rights Legislation." The report, co-authored with Professor Sara Rankin of Seattle University School of Law, describes the need for homeless bills of rights legislation, provides insight into the various models of the laws that have emerged, and offers homeless advocates with guidance on how to enact such laws in their own states. Professor Rankin, a seasoned advocate, has taught lawyering skills courses that engage students in legislative responses to homelessness.
To sign up for the webinar and learn more about how you might incorporate this work into your legislative and policy classes, click here.