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April 17, 2001


D.C. Officials, Legal Experts to Discuss Welfare Reform Reauthorization

District of Columbia officials will gather with clinical legal experts and social reform administrators at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law Friday, April 20, for a symposium examining the impact of upcoming reauthorization of the welfare reform bill passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton almost five years ago.

“Five Years Later – Examining the National and Local Consequences of Welfare Reform” will be held at the law school from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.  The program is sponsored by Columbus Community Legal Services, the law school’s highly regarded legal clinic that has been serving members of the low-income community in the District of Columbia for more than 30 years.

The symposium will examine accomplishments of the legislation and the issues that the District of Columbia needs to address before the reauthorization debates begin in 2002.  Symposium participants will include David Catania, councilmember of the District of Columbia; Jason Perkins-Cohn, Income Maintenance Administration, D.C. Department of Human Services; Danise Jones-Dorsey, Catholic Charities; Mark Greenberg, Center for Law and Policy; Sczerina Perot, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless; and Myra Walker, Crossing the River.  Stacy Brustin, assistant professor at CUA’s Columbus School of Law, will serve as moderator.

The welfare reform legislation passed in 1996 resulted in dramatic changes in the policy and legal landscape of programs affecting children.  In addition to repealing the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program, the law imposed major changes in the areas of eligibility and time limits for receiving benefits, child support enforcement, child care and immigrant eligibility for benefits.  

The legislation will come before Congress for reauthorization in 2002.  Meanwhile, in the District of Columbia, it is estimated that more than 5,000 families, at some point during 2002, will reach the legislation’s 60-month time limit for receiving benefits. 

Founded in 1897, Catholic University's law school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The school is a pioneer in clinical education and is distinguished for offering one of the nation's broadest ranges of clinical experiences to students. In addition, the law school is widely recognized for special programs in communications law, law and public policy, law and religion, and comparative and international law.



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