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1991 November

Introduction to the Food Stamp Program

By David A. Super & Carrie M. Lewis

This article provides an overview of the Food Stamp Program, including eligibility requirements, the application process, income and benefit calculations, resource limits, work requirements, and overissuances.

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Health Care Rights of the Poor

An Introduction

By Michele Melden, Michael Parks & Laura M. Rosenthal

This article provides an overview of the primary sources for health care, Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, and state and county indigent care programs, and examines protection of access to health care provided by the Hill-Burton program, emergency medical treatment, and civil rights.

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Alien Eligibility Under LSC Restrictions

By Charles Wheeler

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) restricts the use of LSC funds for the representation of certain categories of aliens, but far more aliens are currently eligible for legal services than were eligible when the restrictions were first imposed; this article summarizes current restrictions.

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AFDC Program Rules for Advocates

An Overview

By Adele M. Blong & Timothy J. Casey

This article summarizes the current basic rules of the AFDC program, including the legal framework, eligibility requirements, and applications and appeals processes.

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Child Support Enforcement

An Introduction

By Paula Roberts

This article provides an introductory exploration of the child support enforcement system, its importance to low-income clients, and the remaining inadequacies of the system.

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Representing Individuals with Disabilities in Securing Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Disability Benefits

By Eileen P. Sweeney

An advocate representing a person with a disability in securing disability benefits needs to know the basic social security and SSI rules. This article describes the eligibility requirements, the statutory and regulatory rules defining disability, how disability determinations are made, and the appeals process.

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The Clearinghouse and Its Services

The National Clearinghouse for Legal Services provides informational support services to legal services attorneys and paralegals through the Clearinghouse Review and other publications, the Clearinghouse Order Department, and the Clearinghouse Computer-Assisted Legal Research (CALR) Project. This comprehensive summary will tell you how best to use these many services. Included is an explanation about how to use a Case Development, how to use the Clearinghouse's Order Department, and how to initiate a CALR search.

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We Are State Support

By Elvera Anselmo & Randall Chapman

This article provides a brief history and an overview of state support centers and the integral role that they play in the legal services community.

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The Role of National Support in Legal Services

This article provides a broad overview of the uses of national legal services support centers, which are essential sources of guidance and assistance in the practice of poverty law.

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A Short Review of Poverty Law Advocacy

By Alan W. Houseman

This article provides a brief review of major trends in poverty law advocacy from the inception of legal aid to the present. It explains why the role of the legal services attorney has shifted from the litigator of constitutional issues in federal court to an advocate for the poor in legislative and administrative proceedings.

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The Importance of Family Law to Low-Income Clients and Their Advocates

By Sheila James Kuehl

Family law decisions about child and spousal support can have a significant impact on the public benefits of low-income people. This article examines the intersection of family law and public benefits programs.

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Effective Utilization of Pretrial Depositions for Legal Services Litigation

By Curry First

Traditionally, pretrial depositions have not been widely used by legal services attorneys as an offensive litigation tactic. This article seeks to change this practice by urging attorneys to develop a professional understanding of deposition rules and techniques and by discussing the advantages of their use.

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Understanding Unemployment Compensation Benefits

By Jeff Gilbert

Unemployment insurance statutes impose a series of requirements that each claimant must meet in order to receive benefits. This article frames some of the issues presented by claimants seeking unemployment compensation.

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Bankruptcy for Beginners

By Joanna B. George

Understanding bankruptcy is essential for meeting clients' needs. This article outlines the three basic bankruptcy chapters, Chapters 7, 12, and 13.

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Introduction to Jail and Prison Law

By John Midgley

Prisoners' constitutional rights are very different from the constitutional rights of persons who are not confined. This article summarizes the law relating to people held in jails and prisons.

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Self-Help Evictions

By James DePriest

Self-help eviction has been employed for many years by private landlords as a means of evicting tenants. Although self-help evictions under residential leases are not sanctioned in most states, they are still being used. This article describes the different methods landlords use and suggests several remedies available for clients who have been victims of self-help evictions.

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Handling a Drug-Related Eviction from Public Housing

By Kay Y. Young

Representing tenants faced with drug-related evictions is a very controversial issue that legal services programs must address. This article discusses how to develop an office policy on handling such cases, how to interview the client, possible defenses, and issues to consider regarding a jury trial.

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Introduction to HUD Conventional Public Housing, Section 8 Existing Housing, Voucher, and Subsidized Housing Programs Part I

Conventional Public Housing

By Fred Fuchs

This article is the first part of a two-part introduction to federal housing programs. Part I covers conventional public housing, identifying necessary resource materials for housing advocates and describing tenant eligibility, waiting list preferences, rent calculation, evictions, and grievance procedures.

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