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Jeffrey Selbin in the news:



‘Clean Slate’ programs may boost future earnings, study finds

Jeffrey Selbin and Justin McCrary study cited in The Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2014

[T]he Clean Slate intervention stems the earnings slide, and may even boost earnings (also independent of the economy). The data are not robust enough to say with certainty that earnings rise post-intervention—we only have 2-3 years of earnings information post-service and were able to collect earnings information on a small number of clients—but the trends are in the right direction.


Obamacare: California can use the ACA to improve its economy and people’s lives

Ann O’Leary and Jeffrey Selbin write for San Jose Mercury News, September 13, 2013

Under the ACA, California has created a health care marketplace, Covered California, where individuals and families can enroll in Medi-Cal, get financial assistance to purchase health coverage or compare private health plans. Obamacare will extend health care coverage to millions of uninsured Californians, but it also is a chance to increase participation in other safety net and work support programs.


Repo man rebuff

Jeffrey Selbin quoted in California Magazine, August 7, 2013

Selbin expressed measured optimism that consumer power is ascendant. “I don’t think it’s a straight line, but yes, I think things may be turning around,” he said. “And I think the economic recession had a lot to do with it. Three things have hit people very hard—the mortgage foreclosure crisis, the consumer debt crisis, and the educational debt crisis.”


Service delivery, resource allocation, and access to justice

Jeffrey Selbin writes for The Yale Law Journal, July 30, 2012

The Greiner and Pattanayak study coincides with a moment of crisis in American law and society, as exhibited by rising rates of poverty and inequality. This widening crisis is exacerbated by deteriorating conditions in public access to courts and legal representation. High-quality research offers a valuable opportunity to understand and improve local and institutional responses to this growing crisis.


Jeffrey Selbin Supports Debt-Collection Reform

Daily Journal, January 25, 2012 by Elisa Della-Piana, Ted Mermin and Jeffrey Selbin
http://www.dailyjournal.com (registration required)

Sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris, SB 890 includes a number of commonsense measures to protect consumers from being sued on debts they don’t owe, rein in unethical debt buyer activities and reduce frivolous lawsuits.


Jeffrey Selbin Calls for Greater Access to Legal Aid

Center for American Progress, June 22, 2011 by Jeffrey Selbin, Josh Rosenthal, and Jeanne Charn
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/06/pdf/evidence.pdf

Never before have more low-income Americans needed civil legal aid. About 57 million Americans, one-third of them children, qualify for free legal help when a foreclosure notice comes, a divorce looms, or debts mount after a job loss. But half or more who seek help are turned away because legal aid providers lack sufficient resources. Tens of millions more moderate-income Americans are ineligible for free legal aid, yet lack reliable access to an affordable lawyer.


Jeffrey Selbin Slams Louisiana Legislature for Attack on Law School Clinics

Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 13, 2010 by Jeffrey Selbin
http://www.dailyjournal.com/ (requires registration; go to G:\Law School in the News\News Clips for article)

Under the bill, law school clinics at universities receiving state funds—regardless of whether the funds directly support the clinics—are prohibited from: filing a petition, motion or suit against a government agency; filing suit against an individual, business or government agency seeking monetary damages; and raising constitutional challenges in state or federal court (except under limited circumstances). While enumerating discrete areas of law in which clinics can continue to operate, the proposed restrictions would render impossible most forms of legal representation.


Jeff Selbin Defends Critical Role of Law School Clinics

Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 13, 2010 by Jeff Selbin
http://www.dailyjournal.com/ (requires registration; go to G:\Law School in the News\News Clips for article)

Why should the practicing bar care about the vitality and independence of law school clinics? First, clinics are sites of effective law student training. Second, clinics provide critical legal assistance to underrepresented clients. Finally, these periodic assaults on clinics threaten fundamental values of the legal profession and the justice system itself.


Jeffrey Selbin Defends Law and Poverty Courses

Chicago Sun Times, Sept. 28, by Jeffrey Selbin
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“Lawyers can’t end poverty, but working with clients, community groups, policy-makers and other professionals, we can ameliorate its devastating impact on individuals, neighborhoods and our country.”