Tonya L. Brito

University of Wisconsin Law School

Professor

975 Bascom Mall

Madison, WI 53706

United States

Institute for Legal Studies

Director

Madison

United States

Institute for Research on Poverty

Faculty Affiliate

1180 Observatory Drive

Madison, WI 53706

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

20

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12

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6

Scholarly Papers (20)

1.

Fathers Behind Bars: Rethinking Child Support Policy Toward Low-Income Noncustodial Fathers and Their Families

15 Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 417 (2012), Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1234
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 11 Oct 2013
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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family law, child support, poverty (or poverty law), welfare, gender inequality, justice, law reform

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Racial Capitalism in the Civil Courts

122 Columbia Law Review 1243 (2022), Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-08, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2022-63, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2022-63
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 15 Jul 2022 Last Revised: 09 Nov 2022
University of Wisconsin Law School, Rutgers Law School, George Washington University - Law School and Vanderbilt University - Vanderbilt Law School
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Race, Access to Justice, Civil Justice, Civil Procedure, Courts, State Courts, Racial Justice

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Chronicle of a Debt Foretold: Zablocki v. Red Hail, 434 U.S. 374 (1978)

The Poverty Law Canon: Exploring the Major Cases edited by Marie A. Failinger and Ezra Rosser, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016. Pgs. 232-255., Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1241
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 24 Dec 2013 Last Revised: 16 Aug 2016
Tonya L. Brito, Raymond Anderson and Monica Wedgewood
University of Wisconsin Law School, University of Wisconsin School of Education and Independent
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Family Law, Indian, Native American Poverty, Poverty Law, Equality, Inequality, Constitutional Law, Fundamental Rights, Child Support, Justice, Legal History, Law and Society

4.

What We Know and Need to Know About Civil Gideon

67 South Carolina Law Review 223 (2016), Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1385
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 07 Jul 2016
University of Wisconsin Law School, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Wisconsin - Madison and University of Wisconsin - Madison, Students
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Civil Gideon, Justice Gap, Representation, Right to Counsel, Pro Se, Low Income, Civil Rights, Civil Litigants, Self-Representation, Judicial Process

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Matriarchy

2013 Michigan State Law Review 1263, Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1242
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 24 Dec 2013 Last Revised: 09 Jul 2014
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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Family Law, Poverty, Poverty Law, Equality, Inequality, Gender, Child Support, Justice, Law and Society, non-marital births, family change, child rearing, family life, economic change, race, class, sexuality, autonomy, politics, social change, parenthood, paternity, women, nontraditional

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The Child Support Debt Bubble

9 UC Irvine L. Rev. 953 (2019), Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1481
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 12 Jul 2019
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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child support, child support debt, poverty, low income families, family law, incarcerated parents

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The Right to Civil Counsel

148:1 Daedalus 56 (Winter 2019), Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1464
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 08 Mar 2019
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
Downloads 115 (442,537)
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access to justice, poverty, poverty law, law and inequality, civil justice, civil litigation, empirical research, qualitative research methods, pro se, state courts, family law, procedural justice, social class, unrepresented, courts, lawyers, legal services

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Focused Ethnography: A Methodological Approach for Engaged Legal Scholarship

Tonya Brito, Daanika Gordon and David J. Pate, Jr., Focused Ethnography: A Methodological Approach for Engaged Legal Research, in From the Ground Up: Legal Scholarship for the Urban Core, ed. Peter Enrich & Rashmi Dyal-Chand (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2019) , Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1583
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 06 Mar 2020
Tonya L. Brito, Daanika Gordon and David Pate Jr.
University of Wisconsin Law School, University of Wisconsin - Madison and University of Wisconsin - Madison
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low income, access to justice, attorney representation, legal assistance, child support, enforcement proceedings, family courts, family law, race and the law, racial issues in court

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Producing Justice in Poor People's Courts: Four Models of State Legal Actors

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1587, 24 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 145 (2020)
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 19 Apr 2020
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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Poverty Law, Poor People's Court, Court Systems, Attorneys, Social Justice, Legal Reform, Access to Justice, Government Actors, Incarceration, Child Support, Family Law,

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'I Do for My Kids': Negotiating Race and Racial Inequality in Family Court

83 Fordham Law Review 3027 (2015) , Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1466
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 12 Mar 2019
University of Wisconsin Law School, University of Wisconsin - Madison and Trinity College (Hartford CT)
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access to justice, poverty, law and inequality, civil justice, civil litigation, empirical research, qualitative research methods, pro se, state courts, family law, child support, ethnography, law and society, procedural justice, social class, unrepresented, legal services, racial inequalities

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The Welfarization of Family Law

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1713, 48 U. Kan. L. Rev. 229 (2000)
Number of pages: 57 Posted: 27 Aug 2021
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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Child Welfare, Family Law, Welfare Reform, Family Relations, Dependency, Regulations

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Complex Kinship Networks in Fragile Families

85 Fordham Law Review 2567 (2017), Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1411
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 16 May 2017
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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Family Law, Law and Policy, Multiple-partner fertility, kinship network, family dynamics, family diversity, social change, family complexity, child support

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Feminism in Relation

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1711, 17 Wis. Women's L.J. 1 (2002)
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 27 Aug 2021
Tonya L. Brito, Catherine Albiston and Jane E. Larson
University of Wisconsin Law School, University of California, Berkeley - School of Law and University of Wisconsin Law School
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Gender Hierarchy, Gender Equity, Feminism Theories, Institute for Legal Studies, Interdisciplinary Critical Dialogue on Feminist Theory

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Litigating Precarity: Low-Wage Workers and Child Support Enforcement

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1782, 101 N.C. L. Rev. 1495 (2023)
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 28 Aug 2023
Tonya L. Brito and Kathleen Wood
University of Wisconsin Law School and University of Wisconsin Law School
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Family Law, Poverty Law, Child Support, Law & Inequality, Law & Society

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Nonmarital Fathers in Family Court: Judges' and Lawyers' Perspectives

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1781, 99 Washington Univ. Law Review 1869 (2022)
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 28 Aug 2023
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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Family Law, Poverty Law, Child Support, Law & Inequality, Law & Society, Family Relations, Legal Studies, Empirical Research, Qualitative Research, Paternity, Parental Rights, Family, Race, Class, Work, Employment, Gender, Parenting Time, Nonmarital Families, Nonmarriage, Access to Justice

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Paranoid Parents, Phantom Menaces, and the Culture of Fear

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1714, 2000 Wis. L. Rev. 519 (2000)
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 27 Aug 2021
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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Dangers to Children, Surveillance, Child Safety Laws, Paranoia, Culture of Fear, Children Safety

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Introduction to Symposium in New Directions in the Empirical Study of Access to Justice

42 Law and Social Inquiry 960 (2017), Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1465
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 07 Apr 2019
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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access to justice, poverty, poverty law, law and inequality, civil justice, civil litigation, empirical research, qualitative research methods, pro se, state courts, procedural justice, social class, unrepresented, courts, lawyers, legal services

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Characteristics of Shared-Placement Child Support Formulas Used in the Fifty States: A Report to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Bureau of Child Support

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1709, Patricia R. Brown & Tonya Brito, Institute for Research on Poverty, Characteristics of Shared-Placement Child Support Formulas Used in the Fifty States: A Report to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Bureau of Child Support (March 2007).
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 26 Aug 2021
Tonya L. Brito and Patricia Brown
University of Wisconsin Law School and University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Child Support, Wisconsin Law, Paternity, Divorce, Equitable Child Support Orders, Child Placement, Shared Placement

From Madonna to Proletariat: Constructing a New Ideology of Motherhood in Welfare Discourse

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1715, 44 Vill. L. Rev. 415 (1999)
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 27 Aug 2021
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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Welfare Reform, Stereotypes, Anti-Poverty, Government Policy Advocacy, Working Mothers

From Madonna to Proletariat: Constructing a New Ideology of Motherhood in Welfare Discourse

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1710, Tonya L Brito, From Madonna to Proletariat: Constructing a New Ideology of Motherhood in Welfare Discourse in Feminist Legal Theory: An Anti-Essentialist Reader (Nancy E Dowd & Michelle S Jacobs eds., 2003).
Posted: 27 Aug 2021
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School

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Welfare Reform, Stereotypes, Anti-Poverty, Government Policy Advocacy, Working Mothers

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Spousal Support Takes on the Mommy Track: Why the ALI Proposal is Good for Working Mothers

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1712, 8 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 151 (2001)
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 27 Aug 2021
Tonya L. Brito
University of Wisconsin Law School
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Spousal Support, American Law Institute, Compensatory Payments, Caretaking, Working Mothers