Robert McCreanor is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice, a non-profit public interest law office based in Providence, RI. Mr. McCreanor has more than a decade of experience in the provision of civil legal services to low-income individuals and communities including in housing, immigration, employment, and consumers' rights matters. He previously taught clinical legal education at St. John's University School of Law. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in a trial bureau of the New York County District Attorney's Office and a litigation associate at the private law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
LAW.706Poverty LawClick to Open
This course will provide a broad introduction to the theory and practice of poverty law. The course will be divided into four parts: (1) an overview of poverty and theories about poverty in the United States; (2) poverty and constitutional doctrine (due process, equal protection and fundamental rights) (3) federal and state government safety net programs (4) and the role of lawyers and the civil justice system in poverty law and policy. Substantive topics will include demographics of poverty in the United States, policy arguments about the causes of poverty, access to justice, welfare reform, food and income programs, health care access, low-wage work, housing, education and child protection.