FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone: (319) 541-4067
The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice Hosts Symposium on
Welfare ReformFeaturing Keynote Address by Senator John
Edwards on Poverty
The Journal of Gender, Race, andJustice will host its 11th annual symposium
on October 13-14, 2006 atthe University of Iowa College of Law's Boyd Law
Building. The 2006symposium, "One Act, Ten Years, Thousands of Families:
Welfare Reform inContemporary America," will examine the effect of welfare
reform onAmerican families. Senator John Edwards will deliver the keynote
address and will focus on all the issues relating to poverty onSaturday,
October 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd LawBuilding.
The symposium will feature scholars and activists from around thecountry
who will discuss the successes and failures of the PersonalResponsibility
and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
ty_Reconciliation_Act> of 1996, which dramatically reformed the welfare
system. The Act has been criticized for discouraging work and family;not
providing states with enough flexibility, and for not achieving itsaim of reducing
poverty. The symposium will run from 12 p.m. - 4p.m. on Friday, October
13 and 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday,October 14. For a detailed schedule
of panels and speakers, please gotohttp://www.law.uiowa.
Keynote speaker Senator John Edwards is the Director of the Center for
Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina-Chapel
Hill School of Law. Sen. Edwards served in the U.S. Senate from1998-2004
and ran for Vice President in 2004. Sen. Edwards hasadvocated on behalf of
the working poor during his twenty-year legalcareer, his tenure as a U.S.
Senator, and on the vice presidentialcampaign trail.
The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice is one of four student-runjournals in
the College of Law. The Journal began in 1995 and sincethat time, it has
hosted ten symposiums discussing legal issues relatedto gender, race, or
justice in modern America.
"As this is the 10th anniversary of the 1996 Act reforming welfare, this
year's symposium is especially timely," said Kristy Jackson, Symposium
Coordinator. "The Journal is truly excited to be presenting this kindof
important discussion to the community."
For more information, contact Kristy Jackson, Symposium Coordinator at
Phone: (319) 541-4067 or.
 See Urban Institute, An Analysis of the Issues, available at
National Conference ofState Legislatures,http://www.ncsl.
Andrew Cherlin, TheConsequences of Welfare Reform for Child Well-Being:
What Have WeLearned So Far and What are the Policy Implications?,