In commemoration of the centennial of Southern Minnesota Legal Services (SMRLS), The Journal of Public Law and Policy at Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will host a symposium entitled "Barriers to Justice: Responding to the Needs of the Low-Income Population in America." The symposium will begin on Thursday, March 12 and will continue throughout the day on Friday, March 13, 2009.
This symposium will gather local and national scholars, law practitioners, policymakers and government officials to address the challenges to providing meaningful access to the justice system to low income persons. This will include such topics as barriers to jobs, benefits, education, health-care and housing faced by low-income persons as a result of racism and poverty.
On Thursday evening, scholars, community leaders and students will reflect on and celebrate more than a century of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Service's (SMRLS) commitment to providing a full range of high quality, free legal assistance to low income people. On Friday, participants will look forward and discuss policies and practices that will ensure that all Americans have equal access to the justice system. The symposium will service as a springboard for a reinvigorated commitment by the legal community to ensuring the provision of quality access to the legal system for low income persons.
Mark your calendar now and plan to join us. More details will be forthcoming.