Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal


VOLUME 2                    A Project of Community Partners                    2009-2010


Table of Contents

FOREWARD

Editors in Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

SYMPOSIUM

RECOVERY AND REFORM: THE STATE BUDGET, THE FEDERAL STIMULUS, AND HOW LOS ANGELES PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYERS CAN LEAD THE MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE

California Public Assistance Policy in an Era of Minority Rule
Mike Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Remodeling the Medical Home: Integrating Safety Net Services with Healthcare Delivery
Dennis Hsieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Casualties of Cuts: Homelessness in the Face of California’s Budget Woes
Sharon Rapport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

ARTICLES

A Model for Economic Empowerment: Minority Business Development and Advocacy Before the California Public Utilities Commission
Thalia N.C. González . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104

The Alien Tort Statute: An Introduction for Civil Rights Lawyers
Paul Hoffman & Adrienne Quarry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Strip-Mining and Grassroots Resistance in Appalachia: Community Lawyering for Environmental Justice
Dean Hill Rivkin & Chris Irwin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

COMMUNITY VOICES

The Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles and the Work of Advancing Minority-Owned Businesses
Anthony Arnold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196

The Perils and Promise of the Alien Tort Statute in Practice
A Comment on the Alien Tort Statute: An Introduction for Civil Rights Lawyers by Paul Hoffman and Adrienne Quarry
Bama Athreya & Julie Su . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .203

Los Angeles: I Do Mind Dying
Recent Reflections on Urban Revolution in Skid Row
Nicholas Dahmann with LACAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .210

Dirty Diesel: Environmental Degradation and the Labor Movement
Hailee Didio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220

Penny Smart, Pound Foolish
Richard Joyce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .224

Mountain Voices: Who’s Listening?
Carol Judy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227

Towards the Best Standard of Care: Integration of Delivery of Public Benefits with Healthcare
Rishi Manchanda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230

Letters to a Young Public Interest Attorney
Michael Bodaken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .234
Niels Frenzen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .239
Sean Kennedy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Kim H. Luu-Ng . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .249