Anne Fleming

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law



Anne Fleming's research interests include American legal history and contract law, with a focus on the relationship between law and poverty. She is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, tentatively titled "City of Debtors: Law, Loan Sharks, and the Shadow Economy of Urban Poverty, 1900-1970," traces the history of small-sum lending and consumer credit regulation in New York City from the Progressive Era through the War on Poverty. In 2011, the American Society for Legal History recognized her work with the Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars Award. Ms. Fleming received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as a board member of the Legal Aid Bureau. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also practiced as a staff attorney for South Brooklyn Legal Services, representing low-income homeowners facing foreclosure.

Selected Publications

The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the "Law of the Poor," 102 Georgetown Law Journal __ (forthcoming 2014).  Draft (January 2014).

The Borrower's Tale: A History of Poor Debtors in Lochner Era New York City, 30 Law and History Review 1053 (2012).

Protecting the Innocent: The Future of Mentally Disabled Tenants in Federally Subsidized Housing After HUD v. Rucker, 40 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 197 (2005).

Areas of Interest

Griswold 101


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