Webinar-Coronavirus: Protecting Safety-Net Public Benefits During the Pandemic


Monday, April 20, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:00am


Online Webinar

Coronavirus: Protecting Safety-Net Public Benefits During the Pandemic

April 20, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 am
Free non-CLE webinar


An immediate crisis is created when there is a termination of benefits or ceasing of processing applications for safety-net programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Payments (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) during the Coronavirus Pandemic, unemployment, or disability benefits. What actions can lawyers and advocates do to advance the rights of our most vulnerable during this moment of unprecedented uncertainty and health danger in America? What remedies and policy recommendations should be advanced at the federal and state levels? What due process rights are implicated and require close protection during this unprecedented time? How does this impact individuals with disabilities? From the eyes of a public benefit applicant, what are the challenges faced and perspective of those whom we serve, and most in need of critical assistance at this time?


Speakers include:
- Greg Bass – Senior Attorney, National Center for Law and Economic Justice
- Joy Fowler – Public Assistant Applicant, previously testified before Maryland Legislature
- Elizabeth Lower-Basch – Director of Income and Work Support, Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP)
- Michelle Salomon Madaio – Senior Attorney, Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
- James J. Pierson (Moderator) – Chair, Program Director and Assistant Professor, Business Programs, Chatham University; Vice Chair, Economic Justice Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Joint Sponsors: ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, ABA State and Local Government Law Section

Co-Sponsors: ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Section of Litigation, ABA Senior Lawyers Division