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Blog entries in the Public Interest News category.

Founder's Event: The Recession's Effect on Social Welfare

Posted by OPI at 11:32 AM

On Thursday, January 28, several WCL faculty, along with local government and public interest practitioners, will participate in the Founder’s 2010 event: “Framing Problems and Finding Solutions: A Look at the Effects of the Recession on Social Welfare.”  The program description and agenda are below.  WCL Founder’s events are free to students, though you must register at http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration.  While you may not be able to attend the entire day, certain panels and participants may be of interest. (contined)

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16th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference: February 19-21

Posted by OPI at 10:55 AM

The 16th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference takes place at Yale Law School the weekend of February 19-21, 2010.  RebLaw brings together practitioners, law students, and community activists to discuss progressive strategies for social change within and outside the law.  Featured Keynote Speakers are Bryan Stevenson, Lani Guinier & Gerald Torres. Find panel and workshop descriptions and more on the website: www.law.yale.edu/reblaw. (continued)

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Cover Public Interest Retreat: February 26-28, 2010

Posted by OPI at 11:34 AM

The annual Cover Public Interest Retreat offers students, professors, and public interest practitioners a chance to engage in formal and informal conversations.  Each year, the Retreat has been coordinated by students from a different law school, providing them the opportunity to learn how to organize such an event, to plan the program, and to select and invite public interest practitioners to be speakers and mentors.  This year the Retreat is being organized by students at Western New England College of Law, and will be held at Camp Sargent in Peterborough, NH.  Learn more about the retreat’s rich history and download this year’s registration info.

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Article: Lack of IOLTA Funds Hurting Legal Aid Providers

Posted by OPI at 11:55 AM

Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) programs were instituted by many states as a method of funding legal services providers.  During a strong economy, these funds generated millions of dollars for local legal aid offices, but over the past year the downturn in the economy has severely depleted these funds.  As a result, legal services providers have smaller budgets and fewer staff to meet the rising demand for legal assistance.  This Daily Times Reader article examines the impact of a 90% cut in IOLTA funding for a Mississippi legal aid.  (continued)

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Article: Mobile Law School Clinic for Veterans Hits the Road

Posted by OPI at 10:54 AM

In this article, the National Law Journal takes a look at a group of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law students touring the country in a Winnebago-turned-law-office, helping low-income veterans obtain disability and pension benefits. The program, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, has helped more than 2,000 veterans in 11 states and has an army of 740-plus pro bono attorneys lined up across the country, ready to help the veterans obtain benefits. 

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Article: JAG Corps Recruiting on the Rise

Posted by OPI at 2:27 PM

With the economy negatively impacting law firm hiring and retention, new and displaced attorneys are turning to the public sector for jobs.  In this article, the National Law Journal looks specifically at the surge in recruitment for the military JAG Corps.

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Article: Public-Interest Sector Getting a Little Crowded

Posted by OPI at 2:12 PM

In this article, the National Law Journal looks at how deferred law firm associates are impacting an already shrinking public interest job market.

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