Call-for-Papers and Conference: “Poverty Law? Where We Go From Here,” April 10-11, 2020, UC Berkeley School of Law

Call-for-Papers and Conference: “Poverty Law? Where We Go From Here,” April 10-11, 2020, UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA. PDF of the call here: Poverty Law Call for Papers Berkeley April 2020

Announcing the fourth biennial poverty law conference, “Poverty Law? Where We Go From Here” hosted by Berkeley Law on April 10-11, 2020. This conference will focus on the evolving nature of our collective obligation to each other, on changes to national, state, and local antipoverty programs, and on the future of poverty law as a field. This conference is a gathering for all those whose work focuses on the relationship between law and socio-economic marginality, broadly construed.

There are three main tracks to the conference:

  1. The History and/or Future of Antipoverty Efforts and Programs
  2. Antipoverty Teaching, Service, and Research
  3. General Poverty Law (subject matter not limited)

If you would like to present, please submit a title and abstract by Oct. 18, 2019 to

Please note: there is no conference registration fee, but presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. We look forward to seeing you in April 2020!

Conference Committee:
Abbye Atkinson (
Khiara Bridges (
Joy Milligan (
Ezra Rosser (
Jeffrey Selbin (
Karen Tani (

–Let me add two things. First, I think this will be a great conference. The last three poverty law conferences (see here for 2013 at American University, here for 2016 at Seattle University, and here for 2018 at American University) have been great in terms of participation, keynote speakers, and diversity of topics. If you are doing work at all related to poverty law or vulnerable populations, please email me. Second, these conferences are big undertakings for a school and Berkeley is doing a tremendous service hosting the conference, so thank you in advance to my fellow conference committee members (and to their Dean)!

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