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Family Impact Seminar to Follow Policy Institute

Thursday, March 1, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Mullenix
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Contact: Dr. Pam Monroe, LSU School of Social Work and Child Poverty Prevention Council

BATON ROUGE- Plan now to attend the fifth Louisiana Family Impact Seminar. The seminar will immediately follow LANO's annual Public Policy Institute.

Lunch begins at noon and an impressive panel of nationally known experts will begin their presentations at 12:30.

Legislators, policymakers, and other groups such as the Child Poverty Prevention Council and LANO believe it is critically important to examine ways to combat predatory lending practices such as tax refund anticipation loans, payday lending, quick cash, and car title loans. These destructive practices threaten low-income working families by siphoning tax refunds, state and federal EITC payments, and valuable resources such as their family vehicle through exorbitant fees and interest payments.

Experts will present research based evidence on the predatory nature of these legal business practices and suggest policy alternatives to keep as many resources as possible in the hands of the working poor.

Please join us to hear:

  • Jean Ann Fox, director of financial services for the Consumer Federation of America, an association of nearly 300 nonprofit consumer groups established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy and education. Ms. Fox specializes in high-cost small dollar lending, banking services, and payment devices.
  • Alex Mikulich, research fellow on race and poverty at the Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans. Mr. Muckulich is a founding member and co-leader of the Louisiana Fair Lending Coalition.
  • Nathalie Martin, Frederick M. Hart Chair in Consumer and Clinical Law at University of New Mexico School of Law, teaches bankruptcy, contracts, secured transactions, and other UCC classes. She also has taught in the Business and Tax Clinic, as well as consumer law and business associations.

The Louisiana Family Impact Seminars are made possible by financial support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The Seminar network of 29 states, based at the Policy Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has partnered with researchers and policymakers for the benefit of children and families for over 30 years.

The overarching goals of the seminars are to provide legislators with unbiased research and information in a nonpartisan setting, thus encouraging the use of evidence-based solutions in policymaking. Our current focus is on issues affecting vulnerable children and families, and the Louisiana Family Impact Seminars works closely in coordination with the Louisiana Child Poverty Prevention Council.

The LANO 2012 Policy Institute will be held in conjunction with the Family Impact Seminar March 8 and 9 at the Louisiana State Museum.

To register for the Family Impact Seminar or for additional information, contact Dr. Pam Monroe, LSU School of Social Work.

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