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Cultivating Justice for the Working Poor: Clinical Representation of Unemployment Claimants


Colleen F. Shanahan


Georgetown University Law Center

May 16, 2011

Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law Policy, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2011
Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-018
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-065

Abstract:     
The combination of current economic conditions and recent changes in the United States’ welfare system makes representation of unemployment insurance claimants by clinic students a timely learning opportunity. While unemployment insurance claimants often share similarities with student attorneys, they are unable to access justice as easily as student attorneys, and as a result, face the risk of severe poverty. Clinical representation of unemployment claimants is a rich opportunity for students to experience making a difference for a client, and to understand the issues of poverty and justice that these clients experience along the way. These cases reveal that larger lessons of justice can come from cases that are not classic poverty law representations, but are nonetheless tangible, personalized, and valuable sources of learning about justice and the poor.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: poverty law, unemployment benefits, unemployment insurance claimants, unemployment insurance system, Community Justice Project, law school clinics, student attorney representation, clinical education

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K23

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Date posted: May 17, 2011 ; Last revised: June 2, 2012

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Shanahan, Colleen F., Cultivating Justice for the Working Poor: Clinical Representation of Unemployment Claimants (May 16, 2011). Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law Policy, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2011; Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 12-018; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-065. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1843398

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Georgetown University Law Center ( email )
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
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