Fall 2022 Course Schedule

Poverty Law (LAW-742-001)
Ezra Rosser

Meets: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM (TuTh)

Enrolled: 36 / Limit: 45

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U* Notice - This course as offered *may* be eligible to satisfy Upper Level Writing Requirement. Students must have an explicit conversation with the professor no later than the end of the add/drop period, confirming that they intend to use the course assignment to fulfill the ULWR. Students must inquire and professors must agree to supervise the ULWR in writing. Students must present a written product for grading that meets both ULWR standards and the requirements of the course assignment.


Focuses on the theory and practice of poverty law.  The class begins with a consideration of what is poverty and how poverty is measured.  It then explores how antipoverty policy in the United States has changed over time as well as some of the significant themes of poverty law, including deserving vs. undeserving poor, individual vs.collective approaches, in-kind vs. direct forms of support, and the power and limits of the law as a tool.  The class covers the most significant poverty law cases and the move from federal to state litigation strategies.  A range of antipoverty programs and topics:  welfare, work housing health, edfduation, riminalization of poverty, access to justice, antipoverty market approaches, and human rights also are covered.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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JULIET BRODIE, CLARE PASTORE, EZRA ROSSER & JEFFREY SELBIN, POVERTY LAW, POLICY, AND PRACTICE (Aspen Publishers, 2nd ed., 2020). The book is available from the school bookstore as well as from online venders such as Amazon.com. There are considerable differences across additions so the 2014 edition will not work. MATTHEW DESMOND, EVICTED (2016).

First Class Readings

From the textbook: Class 1: 1-32; Class 2: 33-57


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