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American University Washington College of Law    
 
    
 
  Nov 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

LAW - 742 Poverty Law


(3 hrs.)

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.