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So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America - A Talk by Peter Edelman

Date/Time :10/8/2012 12:15 PM - 1:20 PM
Organizer :Catherine Mayorkas
Description :

Please join the UCLA School of Law’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy for the third program of its 2012-13 speaker series. 
“So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America”
A Talk by
Peter Edelman
Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy
Georgetown University Law Center
Moderated by UCLA School of Law Professor Noah Zatz
Monday, October 8, 2012
12:15 - 1:20 p.m.
[Lunch served]
Room 1447, UCLA School of Law
Please RSVP HERE by Noon, October 5

Why, in one of the richest nations in the world, are so many poor people teetering on the edge? The David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy is privileged to host author and advocate Peter Edelman, who will address our continuing efforts to fight poverty and what it will take to keep the needs of poor people on the American political agenda. Professor Edelman’s new book is So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty In America.
Peter Edelman is a distinguished professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he specializes in issues of poverty, welfare, and constitutional law. Over the course of his career, which spans more than four decades, Professor Edelman has used his legal expertise and positions in government to become one of the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocates.
As a top advisor and legislative assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy from 1964 to 1968, Professor Edelman accompanied Senator Kennedy on his 1967 tour of the Mississippi Delta to investigate the devastating conditions of families living there, an experience that would help shape his policy views on poverty for years to come.
Professor Edelman also served as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration, until he famously resigned in protest after Clinton signed the 1996 welfare reform bill into law. Professor Edelman was a passionate critic of the law, which he characterized as “a war on the poor of the United States” and “the worst thing” Bill Clinton had done during his presidency. His article about the issue in the Atlantic Monthly entitled “The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done” received the Harry Chapin Media Award.
Professor Edelman has written extensively on the issues about which he’s passionate. His books include Searching for America’s Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, published in 2001, and Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men, which he co-authored and was published in 2006.
Peter Edelman earned his B.A. from Harvard College and his law degree from Harvard Law School. Today he lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund and also a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans.
This program is cosponsored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Los Angeles Lawyers Chapter and UCLA School of Law student chapter.
The 2012-13 David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series is made possible by the generous support of the Margaret Levy Fund.
For more information, please contact Catherine Mayorkas, Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, at (310) 206-9155 / mayorkas@law.ucla.edu.

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