Two Center Attorneys Selected as Fellows for Prestigious Race-Equity Training

The Center is pleased to announce that Supervising Attorney Sovereign Hager and Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada have been selected to participate in the Sargent Shriver National Center on Law and Poverty’s Racial Justice Training Institute (RJTI). RJTI is a national training program committed to promoting race equity as an integral part of antipoverty advocacy. Over a six month period, RTJI fellows will participate in a combination of online and onsite learning to develop their skills to successfully address the role racism plays in causing and perpetuating poverty.

As part of their fellowship, Sovereign and Abuko have spent the week in Chicago training with the Shriver Center. Abuko said, “The Shriver Center’s Racial Justice Training Institute has been an inspirational experience. I am excited to put into the action the tools and strategies learned and continue to engage with a great network of advocates across the nation. I am honored to be a part of the training and feel positive it will help to inform and transform the Center’s work and impact in New Mexico.”

Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada
Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada
Supervising Attorney Sovereign Hager
Supervising Attorney Sovereign Hager

Join Center Attorney Sovereign Hager for an online conversation about due process & public benefits

Due Process & Public-Benefits Notices from State Agencies: What’s Required?

State agencies must notify recipients of public benefits when those benefits are denied, terminated, or reduced. What’s required for those notices to satisfy the due process protections of the Fourteenth Amendment?

Sovereign-2015-09-23Join the Shriver Center Clearinghouse for an online conversation with Sovereign Hager of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and Ty Jones of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. We’ll talk about due process and notice and will learn what advocates in New Mexico did to improve their state’s notices.

Be sure to read Jones & Hager’s forthcoming Clearinghouse article, “What Does Due Process Mean for State Notices on Receiving Public Benefits?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1:00 to 1:30 Eastern / 10:00 to 10:30 Pacific
Click here to register for the event.

Advocate Training by Leading Public Benefits Expert in Albuquerque on February 15

Legal service advocates are invited to join the NM Center on Law and Poverty for a training by leading public benefits law expert David Super.

The training will take place on February 15, 2016, from 9am to 1 pm at the NM Center on Law and Poverty at 924 Park Ave, Suite C Albuquerque, NM 87102.

Professor SuperDavid Super, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, is a leading expert on public benefits law, especially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). His current research focuses on constitutional law, legislation (including the federal budget), local government law, and public welfare law. He teaches these subjects as well as civil procedure, contracts, evidence, property, torts, and administrative law. Before entering academia, he was the general counsel for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and worked for the National Health Law Program and Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. And, before attending Harvard Law School, he was a community organizer. (Sound familiar?) Peter Edelman once described David as having “a burning commitment to social justice … (and) a profound intellectual depth” (Abrar Qadir, New Professor, Poverty Law Expert, a “Super” Addition, Georgetown Law Weekly, Oct. 18, 2011). A frequent Clearinghouse Review contributor and constant source of advice and support for the editorial team, David wrote two articles for the Review’s 2012 special issue on hunger and food insecurity: Preventing Terminations of SNAP When States Fail to Recertify Households on Time and Protecting Households as States Stagger SNAP Issuance. Find the articles on the Clearinghouse Review.

The 15th is Presidents’ Day and we know many offices will be closed. This is the only date that worked with Professor Super’s schedule, as he is traveling in the area. We hope that at least some of you can join us for this opportunity and chance to connect on our public benefits work!

Please RSVP to Veronica Rosales at veronica@nmpovertylaw.org if you will attend.