Access for poor people to legal assistance in civil
We will look at the current situation, and even at the
hopes of many for something called the "Civil
Last year, the Brennan Center for Justice issued a
"White Paper" entitled "Acc
Topic: Domestic Violence
Part 1 Reading and Report
Go to http:/news.google.com/ This is the Google
Type in just two words (and use the hyphen): domesticviolence. Then click on Search News.
Then click on the link in the left column for Past wee
Read the court case which is attached to this
message, called HUD v. Rucker, a 2002 United
States Supreme Court case.
Send a description of the case which
includes three sections:
1. the important facts for each of the three
2. the issue (the que
I have shortened this assignment because I did
not get time to send it out yesterday.
Your report is still due at midnight on Sunday.
It should take about one hour to do this
The topic is Public and Subsidized Housing.
Read the materials
The report is due at the usual time. By 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.
But, please be early if possible because my assistant is getting sworn in as a
lawyer on Thursday morning in ceremonies in Springfield; she has requested
that I send her the reports by 5.
Because I am sending this later than usual, this assignment is
very short. An hour max.
The following link is to material from the Illinois legal aid
online website, which is an introduction to landlord-tenant
law for poverty lawyers.
You do NOT need to r
TANF and WELFARE REFORM
Read the materials at the links which follow,
and also read the material which is copied
By midnight on Sunday, send me a 1-2 page
report which lets me know you read and
understood these materials, by addressing
This assignment should take about an hour.
Send a 2 page report by 6:00 p.m. Wednesday night.
First, read the Frequently Asked Questions and the
Official Answers from the USDA FNS at:
Then read the ABC News story from
The new poverty law topic for next week is Food Stamps.
The assignment for Tuesday's class should take approximately two
Reading assignment Part 1:
Read the information on food stamps, available for free to the public,
from the Illinois legal
The reading assignment for next week is to read
just read the one case which is attached to this
message. I have edited it down to a manageable
and readable size. It would be wise to read it
two or three times before writing your
Goldberg. v. Kell
The FDCPA in real life. Two short federal court cases.
Read the opinion by the Seventh Circuit Court
of Appeals in Fields v. Wilber Law Firm, which is
Notice the use of the D word (dun) and the standard
used to determine if a "dun" is mislead
A new topic. But still related to debts. One attachment
and one link. Be sure to do both.
You get your first (and only) look at a federal
FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT
Open and study the FDCPA (the
acronym used to talk about
Read Business Service Bureau v. Martin (1999, Fourth
District Illinois Appellate Court)
Read about "zombie debts