All Featured Collections
The Shriver Center, through Clearinghouse Review and now the Clearinghouse Community, has been providing equal justice advocates with informative and engaging content since 1967. Featured Collections below look back at a series of articles on a single topic and show how advocacy approaches, and the law, have evolved over time.
This featured collection looks back at articles from the Clearinghouse Review archive that discuss the school-to-prison pipeline, i.e., the way school discipline can lead some students -- particularly students of color and students with disabilities -- into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. These articles explore ways to curb that pipeline and keep students in school and on a path to success.
Within the first week of President Trump's administration, the plight of refugees grabbed national attention. The Clearinghouse has covered immigration and poverty law issues for decades. This collection from our Clearinghouse Review archive highlights those articles touching on the legal needs of refugees in particular. The articles cover state programs to replace SSI for elderly and disabled refugees, community lawyering in refugee communities, detained immigrant children, domestic violence and refugees, how Legal Services Corporation restrictions affect refugee representation, and refugee eligibility for public benefit programs for people with disabilities.
The Supreme Court and Federal Court Access
For the past 24 years, the Clearinghouse has published an annual review of U.S. Supreme Court decisions implicating access to the federal courts. Below is the entire collection of articles in the series.
When the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996—better known as welfare reform—became law 20 years ago this month, it threw legal aid practice into chaos, as attorneys scrambled to understand how it would affect their clients and how best to represent those clients and protect what remained of the social safety net. Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy was there through the whole transition, even dedicating the entire January–February 1997 issue to welfare reform. This collection compiles the welfare reform articles from the Review’s archives and gives an interesting look at how this one law has shaped the lives of many low-income families, even now, 20 years after welfare reform.
The Shriver Center's Community Lawyering training program teaches that community lawyering is a "process through which advocates contribute their legal knowledge and skills to support initiatives that are identified by the community and enhance the community’s power." It is a powerful tool in the advocate's toolbox. This collection highlights some articles on community lawyering from the deep Clearinghouse Review archive.
Due Process & Public Benefits
Our series of Clearinghouse articles on due process and public benefits concluded in March 2016. We've collected the four articles in that series along with three other articles on due process and public benefits from our deep Clearinghouse Review archive. Be sure to watch the recordings of our conversations with some of the authors; those are embedded in the article from Gina Mannix and her coauthors on due process and "modernized" benefits systems and in the article from Sovereign Hager and Ty Jones on due process and notices from state agencies.
We launched the Clearinghouse Community in 2015 with a series of articles on employment law. This featured collection compiles those articles along with a couple of recent Clearinghouse Review articles on the topic. The accompanying podcast includes clips from our series of Google+ Hangouts with the authors of the 2015 articles.
Our first featured collection of 2015 recognizes that a focus on antipoverty work alone will not achieve racial justice; likewise, directing our attention to race equity is essential to the fight against poverty. The relationship between antipoverty and racial justice work is explored in depth during the Shriver Center’s six-month-long Racial Justice Training Institute and in its library of more than 80 Clearinghouse Review articles on the topic. This featured collection pulls some of the more recent and compelling racial justice articles from that reserve.
This featured collection looks at the wide range of advocacy that falls under the umbrella of "fair housing." The accompanying podcast includes an interview with Kate Walz, the Director of Housing Justice at the Shriver Center. Safe and affordable housing is essential for families trying to move out of poverty, and fair housing work removes the discriminatory barriers that often stand in the way. Clearinghouse Review's deep archive contains articles that illustrate the breadth and possibility of fair housing work.
Our first featured collection of 2014 examines the powerful effect of criminal records on many low-income Americans' lives. A criminal record erects barriers to various parts of a person's life, from housing to employment to family relationships--and because people of color are more likely to be arrested or incarcerated, they are more likely to suffer the collateral consequences of having a criminal record. Clearinghouse Review's wide and deep archive contains many strategies for helping clients surmount the challenges posed by a criminal record.