Poverty, Wealth and the Working Poor: Clinical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Washington University hosted a conference on Poverty, Wealth & The Working Poor: Clinical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on March 31 - April 1, 2005.  This conference was co-sponsored by the School of Law Clinical Education Program, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Journal of Law and Policy and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.  The conference explored the myriad barriers to economic prosperity and well-being for America's working poor. Particular emphasis was given to the interplay of race, gender, wealth, and power. Topics included the failure of welfare reform and the persistence of poverty among single mothers; the pernicious decline in living wage work in the United States; persistent racial and gender inequalities in the accumulation of wealth; discrimination and inequalities in housing, health care, employment, and educational opportunities; and the impact of environmental hazards on the poor.  

This conference, held in conjunction with the School's annual Access to Equal Justice Colloquium, was geared toward academics and practitioners in multiple disciplines including law, social work, political science, psychology, education, economics, and business.  This conference was designed for those who are involved in and those who are interested in clinical and interdisciplinary perspectives, and builds on the work of the AALS Section on Clinical Education Committee on Interdisciplinary Clinical Education.  The conference qualified for 6.0 hours of CLE credit.  For more information, contact Karen Tokarz at tokarz@wulaw.wustl.edu.