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Poverty, Culture and the Bankruptcy Code: Narratives from the Money Law Clinic

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Title: Poverty, Culture and the Bankruptcy Code: Narratives from the Money Law Clinic
Author: Martin, Nathalie
Abstract: In this article, Professor Nathalie Martin shares her experiences attempting to teach clinical law, after many years of experience teaching in the doctrinal classroom. She describes the culture shock she and her students experienced while trying to provide bankruptcy, consumer, and business law assistance to people who came from backgrounds so different from their own. The article explores culture, race and social status, and how these necessarily affect the attorney-client relationship. The article also questions the practice of separating clinical legal education from the rest of legal education, and encourages schools to take a more integrated approach to teaching law. Finally, the article describes the biases and inadequacies of the Bankruptcy Code, one of the primary laws used in the clinic described, in addressing the financial problems of the poor.
Date: 2005
Publisher: New York University School of Law
Citation: 12 Clinical L. Rev. 203 (2005)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/6966

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