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Monyei named staff ombudsman at Clemson University

Released 7/25/18 at Clemson News Stand | Tags: Staff

Allison Monyei, most recently an associate ombudsman at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, has been named the new staff ombudsman at Clemson University. She worked as a staff attorney for the National Veterans Legal Services Program from 2010–14, advocating on behalf of veterans and their families. [more]

Equal Justice Works Names 2018 Class of Fellows

Released 6/20/18 at Equal Justice Works | Tags: Staff

Equal Justice Works, the leading nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing the next generation of public interest attorneys, today announced its 2018 Class of Equal Justice Works Fellows. Sixty-seven recent law school graduates will launch their public interest law careers through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship project of their own design. Jenna Goldberg will create a Medical-Legal Partnership in support of veterans' applications for benefits before military correction boards and the VA. A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Jenna will be hosted at the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C. She is co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation and Hogan Lovells US LLP. [more]

The Costs of Aggregating Administrative Claims

Released 1/1/18 at The Stanford Law Review | Tags: Staff

Class actions, in which named parties bring claims on behalf of many different people, are the most famous kind of aggregate proceeding. But courts have found numerous other ways of aggregating disputes, including bankruptcy and trustee suits, statistical sampling, and parens patriae actions by states on behalf of certain citizens. What all these processes share is that a single party or proceeding binds numerous parties to the outcome of the proceeding, even if some of those parties never actually participate in the proceeding. The idea is simple: Consolidating many similar claims in a single proceeding would help agencies process claims more quickly, efficiently, and fairly. But aggregation presents unique challenges in the administrative context with respect to agencies that dole out entitlements. Such agencies, of course, have limited resources. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with the authority to aggregate entitlement claims is thereby armed with the power to prioritize how those resources will be spent—whether in line with the agency’s own priorities or not. NVLSP executive director Bart Stichman is quoted. [more]

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