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Poverty Law: Policy & Practice

Juliet Brodie, Clare Pastore, Ezra Rosser, Jeffrey Selbin


  • ISBN: 9781454812548

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    Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice is organized around an overview of federal policies, significant poverty law cases, and major government antipoverty programs—welfare, housing, health, etc.—which map onto important theoretical, doctrinal, policy, and practice questions. As the first poverty law textbook to be published in 15 years, the edition includes new material, both changes in the law and updated scholarship that make the book a great resource for teaching poverty law.  

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    Page Count 830
    Published 03/04/2014
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    Summary of Contents
    Ch. 1: Introduction to Poverty
    Ch. 2: Social Welfare Policy
    Ch. 3: Poverty and the Constitution
    Ch. 4: Welfare
    Ch. 5: Work
    Ch. 6: Housing
    Ch. 7: Health
    Ch. 8: Education
    Ch. 9: Criminalization
    Ch. 10: Access to Justice
    Ch. 11: Market Strategies
    Ch. 12: Human Rights
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    Jeffrey Selbin

    Selbin is active in local and national clinical legal education and anti-poverty efforts. In recent years, he chaired the Poverty Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and co-chaired the Lawyering in the Public Interest (Bellow Scholar) Committee of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education. He served two terms as an elected member of the board of directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association. From 2004-2006, Selbin served on the California State Bar Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, dedicated to improving and increasing access to justice for low-income Californians.

    Selbin's research interests include clinical education and community lawyering, with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches. He is co-author of Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (2014, with Juliet Brodie, Clare Pastore and Ezra Rosser). Other recent publications include The Clinic Lab Office in the Wisconsin Law Review (2013 with Jeanne Charn); Service Delivery, Resource Allocation and Access to Justice in the Yale Law Journal Online (2012 with Jeanne Charn, Anthony Alfieri and Stephen Wizner); Access to Evidence in The Center for American Progress (2011 with Josh Rosenthal and Jeanne Charn); The Clinic Effect in the Clinical Law Review (2009 with Rebecca Sandefur); and From ''The Art of War'' to ''Being Peace'': Mindfulness and Community Lawyering in a Neoliberal Age in the California Law Review (2007 with Angela Harris and Margaretta Lin).

    In 2003, Selbin was recognized with Mary Louise Frampton as a Bellow Scholar by the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education for his anti-poverty and access-to-justice efforts. In 2004, he was named a Wasserstein Fellow, honoring outstanding public interest lawyers, by Harvard Law School.

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    Juliet M. Brodie

    Juliet M. Brodie, who directs the Stanford Community Law Clinic (CLC), was named Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Director of the Mills Legal Clinic in the spring of 2013. She has dedicated her career to the legal rights and interests of low-income people and communities. As a clinical teacher, she has always worked in clinics embedded in low-income neighborhoods, including Stanford’s CLC, which is in East Palo Alto. She has written on the role of neighborhood-based poverty law clinics in exposing students to important debates about public interest law while providing diverse lawyering opportunities. She is a frequent speaker on community lawyering and clinical education, and the intersection between the two. Her research interests include poverty law and the role of law in advancing economic justice for the &"have-nots” in American society. She is co-author of a casebook, POVERTY LAW: POLICY & PRACTICE, which is forthcoming (2014) from Aspen. Professor Brodie has served as a member of the editorial board of the Clinical Law Reviewand as Chair of the Section on Poverty Law at the AALS. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 2006, Professor Brodie was an associate clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She was formerly a litigation associate at the Boston law firm Hill & Barlow and assistant attorney general for the state of Wisconsin, where she prosecuted health care providers accused of defrauding the Medicaid system.

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    Ezra Rosser

    Ezra Rosser joined the WCL faculty in 2006. He has taught Property, Federal Indian Law, Poverty Law, and Housing Law. Previously he served as a visiting professor at Ritsumeiken University, a 1665 Fellow at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at Yale Law School, and a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. Ezra is a past chair of both the AALS Poverty Law Section and the AALS Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples Section. His articles have appeared in journals including the California Law Review, Harvard Law & Policy Review, Washington University Law Review, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Environmental Law, and the American Indian Law Review. Ezra received the Elizabeth Payne Cubberly Scholarship Award in 2012 and the Emalee C. Godsey Scholarship Award in 2008.

    Ezra is a co-author of the book Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (Aspen 2014) (with Juliet Brodie, Clare Pastore & Jeff Selbin) and was a co-editor of Tribes, Land, and the Environment (Ashgate 2012) (with Sarah Krakoff). He is currently working on The Poverty Law Canon (Michigan Press 2014) as a co-editor with Marie Failinger and on a sole authored book, Exploiting the Fifth World: Navajo Land and Economic Development (Chicago Press TBD).

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    Clare Pastore

    Clare Pastore teaches Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Poverty Law, and the Access to Justice practicum, while continuing to practice as a leading member of the California public interest community. She has received frequent state and national recognition as an outstanding advocate, including being named one of Southern California’s ''Super Lawyers'' (2006-09), one of the nation’s 45 most outstanding public interest attorneys under age 45 (American Lawyer magazine, 1997) and one of California's top lawyers under 40 years old (California Law Business, 1999). She was selected as a Wasserstein Fellow by Harvard Law School in 2005 as part of its program recognizing outstanding public interest lawyers.

    Professor Pastore co-chairs the California State Bar Access to Justice Commission’s Right to Counsel Task Force and is a member of the Amicus Briefs Committee and Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Wage Justice Center and is a past member of the American Bar Association’s Homelessness and Poverty Commission.

    From 1989 to 2004, Professor Pastore was a staff attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, where she litigated many state and federal cases involving poverty law and disability rights. She received one of the nation’s first Skadden Fellowships to begin her work there in 1989. She was also affiliated with the ACLU of Southern California as Senior Counsel from 2004 til 2007, and Of Counsel from 2007 until 2011. Professor Pastore holds a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Colgate University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Review. She clerked for Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in 1988-89.

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