Demand for food stamps swells nationally

Visualize this: As Jobs Vanish and Prices Rise, Food Stamp Use Nears Record, reports the New York Times this morning on its front page. In Michigan, one in eight residents receives food stamps, and “from December 2006 to December 2007,…

Time to dish for the whole tamale, people

A deserving plug for one of LSNC’s favorite advocates-in-arms, the famed Benchmark Institute, which simply put sets the national standard for training excellence in the poverty law community. And the plug is this: It’s time for Benchmark’s annual A Taste…

Enough with the good news…

Budget crises are an annual political bloodsport in Sacramento, and have been so for decades. But in Why This Budget Crisis Is Different, a sobering column written for the March 2008 issue of California Educator, Jean Ross of the California…

Disincentives to accurately report social data

File this one under “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” The front page of the New York Times today featured States’ Data Obscure How Few Finish High School, yet another exemplar of the public reporting…

But mom, he’s so mature!

Teens having sex with an older partner may face adverse consequences not only in the short-term but also into young adulthood, according to the study Older Sexual Partners During Adolescence: Links to Reproductive Health Outcomes in Young Adulthood. Female teens…

U.N. Race discrimination committee issues report touting California housing element law

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Race Discrimination (CERD) issued its Concluding Observations on March 7.  These Observations followed formal review of the U.S.’s report to the CERD under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms…

Packin’ heat at the Supremes

The top-of-the-fold story today, of course, is the oral arguments heard this morning in District of Columbia v. Heller, the Second Amendment “right to bear arms” case. The Supremes have released an audio transcript, and the 110-page written transcript of…

PBS series asks, “Is inequality making us sick?”

On March 27, 2008 at 10:00 p.m. (after Lost … so no excuses, please) the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) will launch a four-week series on racial/ethnic inequities in America’s health care system. The series entitled Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making…

California Supreme Court briefs, audio and video for “In re Marriage Cases”

In certain high profile cases, the California Supreme Court now posts audio and video broadcasts of select cases. Notably and most recent of such cases are the same-sex In re Marriage Cases with links there to the briefs filed by…

California anti-mortgage scam statutes now posted

Links to the Home Equity Sales Contract Act (HESCA) and Mortgage Foreclosure Consultant Act (MFCA) are now posted on the foreclosure section of the LSNC housing webpage.  The California Legislature enacted these statutes to protect homeowners, particularly those belonging to…