by Bruce Strom President Reagan famously said, “We declared a war on poverty, and poverty won.”  The problem is we waged the war with the wrong tools.  Welfare did not work.  When President Clinton dismantled welfare he recognized it failed to support four key American values – autonomy of the individual, virtue of work, primacy…

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This week the United Nations finalized sustainable development goals to end global poverty by 2030.  The 17 goals for accomplishing this objective go into effect in January 2016. All the goals are important.  But I appreciate the international recognition that access to justice is essential to ending poverty.  Access to justice enables and empowers people…

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Last Friday I was in Oklahoma City speaking at one of our partnering gospel justice center’s annual fundraising breakfast.  Trinity Legal Clinic believes in “Answering God’s call to seek justice and mercy by providing legal services to the poor and needy.” I was moved at the breakfast by the story of John who showed up…

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You may be familiar with the Pew Research reports that demonstrate the rise of the “nones” in America.  The “nones” comprise 1/5th of the U.S. population that have no church affiliation; it includes 1/3 of adults under the age of 30.  But are you familiar with the “Dones”? The “Dones” are those who say they…

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  By Bradley Merrill Thompson This is another installment in a blog series.  Brad is a shareholder in the Washington DC office of Epstein Becker Green. Although he works in Washington, he lives in Zionsville, Indiana and volunteers with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. In his spare time, Brad is an avid photographer who loves…

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Have you visited a courthouse recently?  I encourage you to do so.  The hallways are filled with activity as well-dressed lawyers dash from courtroom to courtroom.  Inside the courtroom clerks are calling out names, people are standing before a judge and often a proficient English speaker wonders whether that really is the language being spoken.…

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There is much chatter across the web this week on the federal budget.  Is assistance toward safety net programs helpful or harmful?  That is a broader discussion but whether through government support or individual support, civil legal aid is critical to the foundation of democracy.  The first article ever published on civil legal aid in…

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