43 Clearinghouse Rev. [i] (2009-2010)

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May-June 20091

Clearinghouse
REViEW
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Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
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EDiTORIAL
EDITOR AND VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS:
lize Sprudzs Hirsh
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STAFF ATTORNEY-LEGAL EDITOR: Catherine Cornell
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VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY: Kathleen Donahue McNally
WEB CONTENT EDITOR: Michelle Nicolet
STAFF ATTORNEY-LEGAL EDITOR: Catherine Dorn Schreiber
STAFF ATTORNEY-LEGAL EDITOR: Jason T. Vail
AMERICORPS VISTA: Linda Jordan
ADVOCACY
DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY: John Bouman
SUPERVISING ATTORNEY, COMMUNITY INVESTMENT UNIT.
Karen K. Harris
STAFF ATTORNEY. Jennifer L. Hrycyna
STAFF ATTORNEY: Andrea Kovach
SENIOR ATTORNEY: Dan Lesser
DIRECTOR, WOMEN'S LAW AND POLICY PROJECT Wendy Pollack
SENIOR ATTORNEY. Margaret Stapleton
STAFF ATTORNEY: Marie Claire Tran
STAFF ATTORNEY: Samantha M. Tuttle
SENIOR ATTORNEY: Katherine E. Walz
DIRECTOR OF HOUSING LITIGATION: William Wilen
SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR: Michaella M. Furman
AMERICORPS VISTA: Apreye Baralaye, Callie Dendrinos,
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CHAIR: Janice E. Rodgers, Chicago. IL
VICE CHAIR: Sunny Fischer, Chicago, IL
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William J. Beck, Chicago, IL
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Frederick H. Cohen, Chicago, IL.
Stuart Cohen, Washington, DC
Sandra Cuneo, Los Angeles, CA
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Gill Deford, Mansfield, CT
LeAlan M. Jones, Chicago, IL
Mickey Kantor, Washington, DC
Ethel Klein, New York, NY
Betty J. Musburger, Evanston, IL
Catherine L. Robb, Austin, TX
Jean Rudd, Chicago, IL
Joe Scantlebury, Washington, DC
Jill Schuker, Washington, DC
John C. Thurmond, Chicago, IL
Cyrus Vance Jr., New York, NY
Oran Whiting, Chicago, IL
Luis A. Wilmot, San Antonio, TX
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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
Gill Deford, Mansfield, CT
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Margaret Stapleton, Chicago, IL
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About This Issue
In this first issue of the forty-third volume of CLEARINGHOUSE REVIEW, poverty law
experts from around the country combine legal analyses, model solutions, and prac-
tice tips in articles for advocates asserting justice for low-income clients. Through
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of !oo9 and federal housing legisla-
tion, the Obama administration is responding to some of the legal pbstacles that the
difficult economy has mounted for poor people and communities. As it takes action,
the Obama administration is open to the recommendations of advocates experi-
enced in working on behalf of low-income communities. At hand is a historical
opportunity to share our advocacy community's wealth of knowledge and experience
in social and economic justice with the nation's leaders so that many more invigorat-
ing changes can be made.
The Shriver Center provides national leadership in identifying, developing, and
supporting creative and collaborative approaches to achieve social and economic
justice for low-income people. The Shriver Center develops and advocates policies
that promote health, safety, and a chance to prosper for all who live in this country.
The REVIEW, one of the Shriver Center's action tools, helps build the national advo-
cacy community's capacity and advances workable antipoverty policies. We look
forward to having your thinking on these matters in the REVIEW.
Housing, employment, work supports, asset building, and the health and safety
of families are critical to the chance to prosper. Home foreclosures, difficulties in
obtaining or keeping jobs, and maintaining the health and safety of families cry
for our attention. In this issue one author describes how advocates and community
organizers in Los Angeles collaborated to save homes and led to a foreclosure pre-
vention pilot project. Another foreclosure defense expert explains the significance
of rescission and the basics of the Truth in Lending Act for advocates helping con-
sumers facing foreclosure.
The lead article highlights a model program to remove legal barriers to employ-
ment that low-income clients frequently encounter and that the Bay Area Legal
Aid's public benefits unit developed ten years ago. Other job-related challenges are
described in an article on improving state driver's licensing laws and in another on
applying community economic development practice to help youths create their own
jobs. Other articles discuss a new juvenile behavioral health court for youths whose
delinquent behavior is traceable to a mental health condition; older women of color
and regulations on the self-directed option for delivery of Medicaid personal care
services; and tips for vigorous representation of undocumented victims of domestic
violence in state family court. Are these articles helpful? Send us your feedback. Join
a discussion board on the Shriver Center's Facebook page or e- mail your suggestions
to clearinghousereview@povertylaw.org. For this issue, fill out the comment form at
http://tinyurl.com/MayjuneSurvey. Let us hear from you soon.
ilzehirsh@povertylaw.org
SSHRIVER
CENTER
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
CtEARhNGiiOusE Re.im   encourages the submission of articles from legal aid field staffand others. Send articles to Ilze Sprudn Hirsh. editor and
vice president of communication programs. Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, So E. Washington St. Suite 5oo, Chicago. I L 6o6o2;
ilnehirsh@povertylaw.org.
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 Shriver Center.
C  I NCtOUSE oo t RoEse  JOURNAL OF POVERTY LAW AND Poucy is published six times a year. in February. April. June. August. October. and December
by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, 5o E. Washington St. Suite Soo. Chicago. I L 6o6o2. Annual subscription price for hard copy
and online access to RcviEW aricles back to 199o; $io5 to advocates at Legal Services Corporation-funded programs. $25o to nonprofit entities,
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