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1998 November - December

The Section 502 Single-Family Housing Program

Does It Still Meet the Needs of Rural Borrowers?

By Susan A. Reif & Jennifer Ide

Since it was centralized in the wake of welfare reform, the Section 502 Single-Family Housing Program has not been fulfilling its intended purpose of providing financial assistance to farmers who cannot get credit elsewhere. While the program is still targeted at low-income rural borrowers, it is not specifically designed to meet their needs. Still, advocates can help Section 502 Program borrowers take advantage of the loan servicing to which they are entitled.

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The Supreme Court's 1997–98 Term

The Texas Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account Case and Others Affecting Access to Justice

By Gill Deford, Matthew Diller, Deborah B. Goldberg, Brian Lawlor, Jane Perkins & Yolanda Vera

The Supreme Court decision in Phillips v. Washington Legal Foundation has serious implications for legal services funding in that it affects Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account funds, which have been a vital funding source for legal services and other public interest law programs nationwide. Other 1997–98 Court decisions with consequences for legal services dealt with administrative law practice, federal court removal, immunity defenses, standing, and ripeness.

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