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Call for Papers: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Opportunity in America Today: Renewing the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later? 

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty, 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. 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 currently affords Americans the opportunity to participate fully in 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.

Authors will have the opportunity to present their articles during the Symposium and articles will be published in the annual symposium issue of the UDC Law Review. Please submit abstracts to UDC Law Review Symposium Editor John Kinney at lawreview@udc.edu 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 To be eligible for consideration, submissions must not be published elsewhere.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. We look forward to considering your submission for presentation at UDC Law Review’s Spring 2014 Symposium to take place at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, DC (precise date likely to be in March 2014).

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