Lexington, Virginia • October 13, 2009
David Super, professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law and a leading scholar in the field of anti-poverty law, will speak at the Washington and Lee School of Law on Monday, Oct. 19, at 7:00 p.m. in Classroom A, Sydney Lewis Hall.
Super's lecture is titled "The Future of Poverty in America: Recession, Health Care Reform and Climate Change." His visit is sponsored by the Frances Lewis Law Center, the Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capability and the University Lectures Fund. The event is free and open to the public.
Super's scholarship seeks to reconstruct the intellectual framework for anti-poverty law. He has argued that entitlements are the most efficient and transparent public benefit programs and has also explored "fiscal federalism" to identify features of states' fiscal constitutions that create subtle but strong biases against programs serving low-income people.
Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Super served as general counsel to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, one of the nation's premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
As general counsel, he focused on food assistance and income security programs for low-income people, including those serving immigrants and persons with disabilities. He continues to write for legal services publications and to conduct trainings for legal services programs around the country.
Super has been a visiting professor at the law schools at Harvard, Yale and Washington and Lee and has taught as a visiting lecturer or adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Howard University Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Princeton University. He graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and from the Harvard Law School with honors.