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LSNJ has been providing legal education material to New Jersey's low-income community for over five decades through newsletters, manuals, interactive web programs, and videos. Podcasts are the newest addition to this list of resources.

State Agencies and Language Services: A Conversation with Anisa Rahim and Al Moreno

Posted on August 6, 2019

LSNJ attorney Anisa Rahim provides an overview of the laws governing language access in New Jersey, beginning with the 1974 federal Lau vs. Nichols case, in which the Supreme Court decided that failure to provide language assistance is a form of national origin discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Strengthening and Preserving Families: A Conversation with Jerry Milner

Posted on March 21, 2019

LSNJ attorney Jey Rajaraman discusses recent federal emphasis on preventive services in the child welfare system and state and local efforts to help low-income families remain intact. She is joined by Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau Jerry Milner, to discuss the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 and the resulting increased flexibility of Title IV-E funds.

Expunging a Record in New Jersey: A Conversation with Senator Sandra Cunningham

Posted on September 20, 2018

LSNJ attorney Akil Roper explains the legal process available for people to clear a criminal record and some important recent reforms to the law. He is joined by New Jersey State Senator Sandra Cunningham, one of the primary sponsors of the legislation, to discuss why expungement is so important for those with arrests and convictions.