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Legal Services Journal - Winter 2010-2011 Issue


Articles in this Issue

Statutory Attorney's Fees An Important Way to Expand and Fund Access to Justice
March 17, 2011
Over 50 laws allow successful litigants to collect attorney’s fees and other litigation costs from a losing party. These laws were generally passed to permit poor and less powerful individuals and groups to have greater access to the courts in certain types of cases. Read More

Expect Food Stamp Reductions April 1st
No Joking Matter
March 17, 2011
Food stamp law requires annual adjustments to the standard utility allowance (SUA). The SUA, along with rent or mortgage payments and certain other shelter related deductions, are subtracted from a food stamp household’s income to determine the amount of the food stamp grant for which the household is eligible. Read More

Hurry Up and Wait
December 17, 2010
The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued amendments to the local rules, effective December 15, 2010. Read More

Across the State Pro Bono Lawyers Step Up to Prevent Mortgage Foreclosures
March 17, 2011
There are many stories in the media about the continuing mortgage foreclosure crisis, but one story that has not gotten much publicity is the number of New York attorneys who have stepped up to provide Pro Bono representation to homeowners facing the loss of their homes. Read More

December 17, 2010
Recipients in all of Social Security’s benefit programs, including retirement, disability and SSI, will be disappointed again in 2011 because of no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the second year in a row. Read More

Rosa's Law Signed by President Obama
December 17, 2010
On October 5, 2010, President Obama signed into law S. 2781, which changes references in many Federal statutes that currently refer to “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability.” Read More

Consumer Law and Reentry Article Featured in Clearinghouse Review
March 17, 2011
Several experienced consumer and reentry advocates recently authored the article “Using Consumer Law to Combat Criminal Record Barriers to Employment and Housing Opportunity”, that is featured in the January-February 2011 issue of the Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty law and Policy. Read More

New Protections for Paychecks: The Wage Theft Prevention Act
March 17, 2011
When the federal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA), 28 U.S.C. §1801 et seq., was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983, farmworkers finally obtained several very basic and essential workplace rights. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony Available on the Web
March 17, 2011
Human Services in the 2011-12 Executive Budget Proposal Read More

Unlikely Clarity - Reviewing Special Education Decisions in the Second Circuit
March 17, 2011
Much of the discussion in special education case law centers on individualized education plans (IEPs)2, those statutory creations required to ensure that children with disabilities that adversely impact their education, and who could benefit from special education services, receive assistance tailored to their particular needs. Read More