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Economic Migration and the Growing Divide

Based on the popular education model developed by United for a Fair Economy, this workshop explores the historical and contemporary forces that create economic refugees and the equal justice implications that follow. Working in both small and large groups, we will develop strategies for decreasing wealth inequalities. Continue reading

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Current Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Law: The Pros and Cons of Bankruptcy Law in the Economic Crisis

This session will cover issues such as the impact of the 2005 bankruptcy law changes on both clients and lawyers, and how these changes relate to the current economic crisis; new changes to the law since it was adopted in 2005, and the pros and cons of alternatives to bankruptcy. Continue reading

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Starting a Medical-Legal Partnership in Your Community

Medical partnerships exist to improve child health outcomes by putting legal aid attorneys in clinics and hospitals to train doctors and advocate for children’s unmet legal needs. We will give an overview about starting the first MLP in Washington State, and some of the questions and issues we encountered getting our program off the ground. Continue reading

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Foreclosure: The Crisis That Hits Home

This workshop is not meant to be a nuts and bolts foreclosure defense course, but a chance to hear the perspective from a state regulator and a longtime legal aid lawyer, as well as a discussion of foreclosure scams that inevitably sprout up. Come with your questions and ideas on what lawyers can do about this problem that disproportionately impacts our clients and their families. Continue reading

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Pay Day Loans: Exploring Industry Practices, Benefits and Harms, and Alternatives

In 1995, Washington State provided an exemption to the usury laws allowing short-term lenders, aka “Pay Day Lenders,” to charge up to 391% APR for two-week loans. Since that time, pay day lenders, whose customers are primarily those without economic alternatives, have multiplied exponentially within our state. This workshop will explore the pay day loan industry, its practices, the harms and benefits to those who use it, Washington’s laws regulating this industry, how other states and the federal government have addressed this issue, and alternatives to providing short-term credit to those who need it – usually those with low paying jobs and few financial resources. Continue reading

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Access to Justice and Bar Leaders Conference Plenary Session

Understanding the Origins and Underlying Factors Contributing to the Current Economic Crisis and the Role of Lawyers and the Legal System Moving Forward Continue reading

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How Does the Civil Right to Counsel Movement Promote Health and Economic Justice?

This interactive workshop examines traditional and non-traditional strategies for working with tenants/homeowners facing housing loss in diverse situations. Starting with the premise that housing is a basic human right, we explore how the right to counsel movement is part of a comprehensive system to promote the health and well-being of communities. Continue reading

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