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…

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…

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…

BayLegal rocks the Web!

Raising the bar and setting a new standard for web design deliciousness in California, Bay Area Legal Aid — known to its compadres as simply “BayLegal” — has launched its total website makeover. Whoa! Take a look, people. Makes LSNC.net…

Child Support Resources updates

With the able assistance of MadDog himself, we’ve just completed a full refresh for the Child Support Resources page, including fully updated links to the recently reorganized California Department of Child Support Services website. Among new items of note are…

Reaping what you sow

Read-worthy: Poverty is Poison, a recent New York Times op-ed by Paul Krugman. The piece lifts off from the opening line in a recent Financial Times report, Poverty mars formation of infant brains: “Poverty in early childhood poisons the brain.”…

GIS maps of the day … a continuing series

It’s been a while since we posted exemplars of GIS mapping, but we have the goods for you today. The first is the publication last week of the Census Atlas of the United States, “the first comprehensive atlas of population…

2008 Poverty Guidelines updates

It’s a predictable perennial: The yearly (in this case 2008) Federal Register Notice publishing the latest Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines (January 23, 2008). Looking for a pre-2008 poverty guideline? Behold, the U.S. Department of Health Services provides…