Call for Papers: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Opportunity in America Today – District of Columbia

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is calling for papers to be presented at its Spring 2014 Annual Law Review Symposium on new approaches to addressing poverty and its causes in contemporary American society. The symposium title is “Overcoming Barriers to Economic Opportunity in America Today: Renewing the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later” and will be held March 2014 (official date to be determined).
Symposium submissions will address how the law – judicial, statutory, or administrative – currently serves to facilitate or obstruct economic opportunity for all Americans and President Johnson’s goal of overcoming “barriers to full participation in our society.”  Papers will examine the extent to which the law affords Americans the opportunity to participate fully in contemporary American economic life as measured by the areas specifically targeted by the War on Poverty: education, employment, health care, housing, community development, and access to capital for small business and entrepreneurship.  Presenters may identify legal, institutional, and policy reforms believed essential today to defeating poverty and realizing President Johnson’s vision of a nation “free from want…for our time and for all time to come.”  To further UDC’s historic mission of comprehensive clinical legal education dedicated to both the study and practice of law, we welcome papers describing innovative, practical, and proven approaches useful for practitioners, advocates, or their clients in addressing legal and institutional barriers to economic opportunity and advancement in contemporary society.
Please submit abstracts to UDC Law Review Symposium Editor John Kinney at lawreview[@] no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, Monday, September 30, 2013.  To be eligible for consideration, submissions must not be published elsewhere. Please be sure to include your phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address. im