(Un)Covering Identity in Civil Rights and Poverty Law

39 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2008


The effective delivery of scarce legal goods to disadvantaged clients requires more than the provision of equal access, case-by-case representation, and zealous advocacy. Scarcity requires that effective legal change be measured not by the outcomes of individual cases, but rather by the progress of social change: specifically, by the degree to which individuals are able to collaborate in local and national alliances to enlarge civil rights and to alleviate poverty. This Essay argues that, by incorporating the theory of covering into their work, legal practitioners in civil rights and poor people's movements can facilitate such collective action. This Essay also makes the general claim that forming links between theory and practice should be a principal goal of clinical and nonclinical legal education.

Suggested Citation

Alfieri, Anthony Victor, (Un)Covering Identity in Civil Rights and Poverty Law. Harvard Law Review, Vol. 121, p. 805, 2008, University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1114170

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