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Low-Income Persons and the Law Topic on Agenda for March Programs

 Hamline University is the place to be on March 12-13 if you're interested in the legal challenges that low-income people face. A joint program on Low-Income Persons and the Law--which will gather local and national scholars, law practitioners, policymakers and government officials to address the challenges of providing meaningful legal access for low-income persons and underserved populations--will be co-sponsored by Hamline University School of Law and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS),which is celebrating more than a century-long commitment to providing a full range of high-quality free legal assistance to low-income people.

On March 12 the Hamline Law Alumni Annual Spring CLE, "Justice and Administrative Process: A Low Income Family's Legal Journey through State and Federal Administrative Appeals," will take place. A reception will be held on the evening of March 12 at 6 p.m.

On March 13 The Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy Spring 2009 Symposium will explore "Barriers to Justice: Responding to the Needs of the Low-Income Population in America." National and local experts will address barriers to obtaining equal and fair employment opportunities and welfare services, including nationally recognized authority on welfare law and low-wage labor Northeastern School of Law Professor Lucy A. Williams; Loretta Frederick, a leading national spokesperson on domestic abuse issues and former SMRLS staff attorney; and The Honorable Tanya Bransford of the 4th Judicial District.

All events will be held at Hamline University. Please contact Deb Lange at or 651-523-2122 for cost and registration information.