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College of Law sponsors seminar on eradication of poverty

October 9, 2009

“Not Meant to Live Like This” features two days of seminars examining poverty eradication, Oct. 16 and 17. Presented by Loyola University New Orleans College of Law’s Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice and Fourth World Movement the event will also commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m.

The free seminars will be held in Room 405 at the College of Law starting at 9 a.m. both days. Pre-registration is required for participation in the workshops and for lunch, which costs $10. To register online, go to www.fourthworldmovement.camp9.org. Donations will also be accepted.

Seminar organizers will unite attendees with New Orleans residents living in deep, persistent poverty in an effort to incorporate the experiences of these residents in the pursuit of changing social policy. These seminars should be of special interest to students and professionals in the human services fields, as well as those interested in human rights law, public policy, social sciences, government, philosophy and religion.

Fourth World Movement is a nongovernmental organization that focuses on supporting and creating public awareness of families and individuals living in extreme poverty and influencing policies to address it. For more than 20 years, the Fourth World Movement has worked to bring together in partnership those who live in hardship and others willing to strive with them towards an end to poverty and exclusion.

Fourth World Volunteer Corps members interviewed 40 of the New Orleans residents in preparation for the seminars and a forthcoming book. These New Orleans residents, long-time Fourth World Movement members, felt it important to share their stories and engage with others about their struggles and achievements. The sessions will also include special monologues by Chris Williams of NOLA Playback Theatre.

The Loyola Law Clinic allows third-year law students the opportunity to represent indigent clients under the supervision of experienced attorneys. By doing this, student practitioners have the opportunity to further the Jesuit ideals of scholarship and service at Loyola by providing legal representation to the needy.

For more information on the seminars, contact Maria Victoire at Fourth World Movement at 504-899-9950 or victoiremaria@yahoo.fr or Susie Devins at susie.devins@gmail.com. More information and a full schedule, including locations of breakout sessions, can be found here.

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