UDC Law Review Symposium – Overcoming Barriers to Economic Activity in America Today

March 27, 2014

UDC Law Review 2014 Symposium

Overcoming Barriers to Economic Opportunity in America Today:

Renewing the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later

Friday, April 4, 2014

11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Room 518

Washington, DC 20008



The Honorable Thomas E. Perez

Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

22nd Annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecturer

Symposium Registration:


Separate Registration Required for Rauh Lecture:


In declaring the War on Poverty fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson summoned the Nation to eliminate “barriers to full participation in our society” and strive to give each and every American a “fair chance to develop their own capacities.”  In recognizing the Fiftieth Anniversary of that bold but unfinished task, the UDC Law Review has gathered leading policy and legal experts for this symposium that explores new ways to combat the root causes of poverty in the U.S. today that continue to impair economic opportunity and mobility for many Americans.  The Symposium broadly addresses barriers to economic equality and mobility in contemporary America, and ways to overcome those barriers.  Noted policy and legal experts will present papers and ideas in discussion panels focusing on the areas identified below (some panels subject to minor tweaking): 


Registration & Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Proposed Changes in Welfare Policy, the need for income supplements to enhance living standards, and creating more opportunities for poor and low income individuals to join the economic mainstream. (estimated start time 12:10 p.m.). Featuring: 

•  Aleta Sprague, Esq., Policy Analyst, New American Foundation, Asset Building Program

•  Spencer Rand, Clinical Associate Professor, Temple University, Beasley School of Law 

•  Joy Moses, Attorney and Policy Professional

The Impact of Bankruptcy and Debt on Economic Mobility, including the effect of bankruptcy laws on American consumers and their ability to get a fresh start.   (estimated start time 1:20 p.m.).  Featuring:

•  The Honorable Judge Stephen S. Mitchell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia (RET.)

•  Joseph A. Guzinski, Assistant U.S. Trustee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia 

•  James Tsai, Attorney and Policy Professional

Inequality in Education, Health Care and Housing, including the impact of lack of affordable housing on families of the District of Columbia (estimated start time 2:30 p.m.)  Featuring:

•  Marta Beresin, Staff Attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

•  Helen Frazer, Associate Dean for Law Library, and Associate Professor, University of the District of Columbia David A.Clarke School of Law

Community Development and the Need to Broaden Access to Capital with emphasis on wealth-sharing and worker-owned pilot projects, the role of public benefit corporations and social enterprises, and examples of recent community economic development initiatives. (estimated start time 3:10 p.m.).  Featuring:

•  Alicia Plerhoples, Associate Professor & Director of the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic, Georgetown University School of Law

•  Steve Dubb, Research Director, The Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland

•  Louise Howells, Professor of Law & Director of the Community Development Law Clinic, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

Access to Justice for the Poor (estimated start time:  5:00 p.m.). Featuring:

•  James S. Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation

•  Peter B. Edelman, Director, Georgetown Law, Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy

•  Jonathan M. Smith, Chief, Special Litigation Unit, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

•  John C. Brittain, Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

* This panel is immediately preceded by the presentation of the UDC Law Review Distinguished Faculty Award and remarks by this year’s recipient, Edgar S. Cahn, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and leading pioneer of the Access to Justice movement in the United States.

The Symposium will conclude with remarks delivered by

The Honorable Thomas E. Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, this year’s David A. Clarke School of Law’s Annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecturer. 

Free and open to the public!

Additional Symposium program details forthcoming at http://www.law.udc.edu/event/2014Symposium 

For more information, contact John Kinney: lawreview@udc.edu<mailto:lawreview@udc.edu>


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