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Joining with Low-Income People to Fight for Fairness

NCLEJ works with low-income families, individuals, communities, and a wide range of organizations to advance the cause of economic justice through ground-breaking, successful litigation, policy work, and support of grassroots organizing around the country. We have provided legal representation, support, and advice to people living in poverty and their advocates since 1965.

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In our efforts to make economic justice a reality, NCLEJ focuses on a number of issues critical to the fight for fairness:


Class Action Challenges New York’s Termination of SNAP for Certain Adults

On August 19, 2016 the Empire Justice Center, with NCLEJ as co-counsel, filed a federal class action lawsuit to challenge New York’s termination of SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, to thousands of New Yorkers. The benefits…

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Observations on the Adverse Impact of TANF After 20 Years

By Marc Cohan, Executive Director, National Center for Law and Economic Justice Twenty years ago then President Clinton signed the so-called “welfare reform” law. The legislation was a comprehensive and far-reaching effort to eliminate welfare as this nation…

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Children with Disabilities and Their Families to Benefit from New Hampshire Supreme Court Decision

Low-income New Hampshire families with a child with a disability won a major victory on August 2, 2016, when the New Hampshire Supreme Court struck down a rule requiring that the child’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits…

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