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The Social Security Administration has issued a notice about a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit challenging SSA's policy denying payment of benefits on the basis of an outstanding felony arrest warrant. News

The Penn Law School and the AALS Committee on Lawyering in the Public Interest, Bellow Scholars Group are sponsoring a workshop entitled, Introduction to Empirical Research for Clinicians and Public Interest Lawyers, on October 2-3, 2009 at the Penn Law School in Philadelphia.


In Pennsylvania and around the nation, recent town hall meetings held by elected officials to discuss health care reform have turned into free-for-alls, with politicians and proponents being shouted down by those who say government has no role in the matter. Why is it happening and who's responsible? News

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate the following five nominees to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC): 

  • Robert J. Grey, Hunton & Williams, Virginia
  • John G. Levi, Sidley Austin, Illinois
  • Martha L. Minow, Harvard Law School, Massachusetts
  • Julie A. Reiskin, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Colorado
  • Gloria Valencia-Weber, University of New Mexico School of Law, New Mexico

New FHA guidelines projected to help thousands avoid foreclosure per year

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan has announced the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has implemented changes to its loan modification program to ensure consistency with the Obama Administration's Home Affordable Modification Program.

By August 15, FHA borrowers will be able to significantly reduce their monthly mortgage payments by seeking a loan modification through their current mortgage company or loan servicer under the new FHA-Home Affordable Modification Program (FHA-HAMP). News