42 Clearinghouse Rev. [i] (2008-2009)

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Clearinghouse
REVIEW
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About This Issue
Public benefits and technology, the pursuit of racial justice, employment, and work-
force development are among the themes of the authors in this first issue of the
forty-second volume of CLEARINGHOUSE REvIEw. With the celebration of four decades
of uninterrupted publication under our belt, the REVIEw looks forward to many more
years of engaging advocates in dialogue on strategies for representing this nation's
poor people and using the law to help end poverty.
Low-income people and their advocates are increasingly challenged by the privatiza-
tion and modernization of public benefits administration in many states. The lead
article discusses the trend toward using private vendors to process applications and
interact with clients and technology advances, such as computer system redesign and
online applications, to improve public benefits administration. Vulnerable client
groups, such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, and those with limited English
proficiency, may encounter difficulties with program access, among other problems.
The article covers modernization of public benefits administration in four states and
the related advocacy, also suggesting ways for advocates to respond to state modern-
ization initiatives.
Responding to racial and ethnic disparities in the institutions, policies, and systems
that keep people of color from opportunity, Legal Services of Northern California
has adopted a programwide, race-conscious approach to its advocacy by establishing
the Race Equity Project. The story of how LSNC instituted a race-conscious poverty
law practice is told in one article, and another article by an LSNC attorney analyzes
inclusionary zoning ordinances-one local land-use advocacy tool for achieving eco -
nomic and racial integration. Sharing what it has learned, LSNC encourages other
programs to join the national discussion on race and poverty and, if they have not
already done so, to take up a race-conscious approach to advocacy. Upcoming REIEW
articles will continue to examine other angles of race and poverty; let us know what
you think.
Other articles touch on various aspects of employment, ranging from factors affecting
the ability to obtain and keep jobs to community economic development. Supporting
opportunities for youth and the communities where they live, one article, by authors
from the Community Investment Unit of the Shriver Center, explores developing
student- run banks and advocating progressive policies in community economic and
workforce development, financial education in schools, integrating the unbanked
into mainstream banking, and strengthening the Community Reinvestment Act.
Another article gives an overview of workers' compensation insurance laws, the
Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and benefit pro-
grams that advocates should understand when representing a low-income worker
who is injured on the job and is at risk of losing income, health insurance, and
employment. Advocates representing clients with disabilities seeking damages from
state employers for employment discrimination will benefit from another article
analyzing case law on state sovereign immunity and the Rehabilitation Act-the sole
avenue for obtaining damages in these circumstances. And still another article offers
a new theory for challenging mandatory welfare home visits.
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The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of the organinations which
employ them or of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverry Law.
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