Unequal Tradeoffs: State Paternalism and the War Against the Poor

John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Moot Court

Government assistance programs exist to provide people with access to food, housing, healthcare and other necessities of life. Yet in order to meet these basic needs, millions of Americans are forced to submit to state intrusion into their privacy and autonomy.

A panel of School of Law professors will explore the ways in which the state surveils and controls those who rely on government assistance in ways that many are unaware of and would not tolerate – from dictating what’s in your fridge, to taking inventory of your belongings, tracking your bank accounts, and monitoring who you can date. They will discuss examples of state paternalism and critique the unequal regime of state intrusion into the private lives of the poor.

Hear from Professors Michele Gilman, Daniel Hatcher, Jaime Lee and Shanta Trivedi. Clinical teaching fellow Emily Poor will moderate the discussion.

This discussion will take place in the Moot Courtroom at the Angelos Law Center. All are welcome. The discussion will be recorded, and the video posted to the law school's YouTube page 24-48 hours after the event.

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