News and Announcements
Northeastern Study: Not Enough Spots In Massachusetts Vocational Schools
Listen now! Professor Peter Enrich talks to WBUR's Radio Boston about the findings of a recent survey on Massachusetts vocational and technical high schools. The study was conducted by first-year students participating in the LSSC Social Justice Program.
Schools’ Wait Lists Called a Drag on the Economy
The Boston Globe cites a survey that was conducted by NUSL's LSSC Social Justice Program concerning the wait lists for vocational schools in low-income communities.
LSSC Nominated for HiiL Innovating Justice Award
The Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) Social Justice (SJ) program has been nominated for international recognition by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law.
In Northeastern Law magazine, “Beyond Limits” offers a compelling story about how practical experiences produce powerful opportunities for first-year students in the LSSC program.
The National Center for Law and Economic Justice publishes a report based on the work of LSSC Law Office work
Disability Rights Oregon has featured on its website a report on the accessibility and usability of public benefits agency websites in California, Florida, Michigan, New York, and Texas. This report, authored by the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, was based on the work of a 2009-2010 Legal Skills in Social Context Law Office. Access their website feature and review the report.
The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University to use LSSC student report for a new class being taught this fall
The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has just received permission to use the LSSC student report from Law Office 6 (May 2008) on the failures of the Road Home Program and the Louisiana Recovery Authority as a basis for a case study for a new class being taught this fall at Harvard University.One of the fellows at the Kennedy School, Doug Ahlers http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/doug-ahlers/(page)/faculty ), who founded the Broadmoor Project (http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/project/54/broadmoor_project.html?page_id=125) will be teaching a class this fall on disaster recovery management (see the course description below), and was hoping to use the NUSL LSSC document as a foundation for a case study. Professor Ahlers, along with the entire leadership team at the Broadmoor Improvement Association, found the students' report to be excellent. He said that the report that the law students generated in 2008 was, and remains, by far the most comprehensively researched and best presented document that he had found on the Road Home Program and the Louisiana Recovery Authority. He thinks his students will gain tremendously. Professor Ahlers wanted to reiterate how impressed he was with the report, noting "please know what a tremendous job LSSC did on the report." See the Course Description.
National Center for Economic Justice sends letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculure
In June 2010, the National Center for Economic Justice sent letters to the Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Administrator at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding problems with accessibility of state public benefits agency websites based on the work of LSSC LO 11. See the Department of Agriculture letter and the Department of Health and Human Services letter.
U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Passes Resolution Calling for Improved Treatment for Returning Veteran
In early June 2010, after lobbying by the Drug Policy Alliance (a multi-year LSSC Client), the United States Conference of Mayors Unanimously adopted a resolution calling for improved treatment and harm reduction services for U.S. veterans who return from combat with mental health or substance abuse problems. Many of the proposals put forward and adopted by the Conference were the result of the work done by the 2008-2009 LSSC Law Office. See the DPA press release and the U.S. Conference of Mayors' resolution.
10/6/2009 Restorative Peer Justice System Milestone
On Tuesday, October 6, 2009, SJA student Travis Medley, SJA Director Winston C. Cox, and Professor Susan Maze-Rothstein of Northeastern University’s School of Law joined Senator Spilka at the Statehouse in support of Senate Bill #68, an effort to reform the state’s Child in Need of Services (CHINS) policies. Thanks to the hard work and partnership between SJA and NU’s Legal Skills in Social Context program lead by Maze-Rothstein, a portion of this innovative bill has restorative justice interventions and language in it. Travis spoke eloquently about his experience of restorative justice at SJA. Cox and Maze-Rothstein argued that restorative justice can offer a diversion from CHINS and its burdens on the court system. See Travis’ comments.
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