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Poverty Law Society

Poverty Law Society

The Poverty Law Society of the Washington College of Law is a group of students and professors who explore legal and policy responses to poverty in the United States through volunteerism, symposia and coursework. Through these efforts, we hope to learn and address how the law shapes the lives of poor people and communities, examine the root causes of poverty, and the historical development of social welfare policy.

General Information

Are you interested in public interest law? PLS is a great introduction to the myriad ways in which get involved assisting communities first hand. As a new organization - about two years old - PLS looks for ways to constructively involve the student body in the study and practice of poverty law, including practices encompassing racial and gender discrimination, public benefits, housing and healthcare law, education, and judicial access for the poor, to name a few.


We have an exciting year planned, with a number of lunch-time get-togethers, volunteer opportunities and t-shirt and bake sales. If you missed us at orientation, please visit our website (soon to be updated!) at for upcoming events or contact us at

Upcoming Events

Introductory Meeting Aug. 28, 2007 5PM, Location TBA
What is Poverty Law? Sept. 18, 2007 12PM, Location TBA


Jennifer Johnson, 2L, President
Shanti Martin, 2L, Vice President
Kevin Baker, 3L, Secretary