Stephen Loffredo, Professor, earned his undergraduate degree from Yale, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and clerked for the New Jersey Supreme Court before entering practice at the Legal Aid Society in the South Bronx, where he provided neighborhood legal services and conducted test case litigation. He has litigated many path-breaking law reform cases, including actions that secured the right of homeless families in New York to safe and adequate shelter, established the right of single homeless shelter residents to public assistance and Medicaid, and vindicated the statutory entitlement of disabled New Yorkers to federal benefits worth over $100 million annually. He has continued to represent poor people through the Law School's clinical program and as pro bono counsel to the Urban Justice Center. He has written and spoken widely on the constitutional dimensions of economic rights and the role of wealth in a constitutional democracy.
He is co-author of The Rights of the Poor with Helen Hershkoff and served as consultant to the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone on the constitutional aspects of federal welfare legislation. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law, health law, and social welfare law, and has co-directed the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic. Professor Loffredo founded and currently co-directs the Economic Justice Project, which has received the Pro Bono Service Award of the New York State Bar Association and the Clinical Legal Education Association's Award for Excellence.
Law Review Articles
State Courts and Constitutional Socio-Economic Rights: Exploring the Underutilization Thesis, 115 Penn St. L. Rev. 923 (2011) (with Helen Hershkoff).
Gideon Meets Goldberg: The Case for a Qualified Right to Counsel in Welfare Hearings, 25 Touro L. Rev. 273 (2009).
Poverty, Inequality and Class in the Structural Constitutional Law Course, 34 Fordham Urb. L. J. 1239 (2007).
Poverty Law and Community Activism: Notes from a Law School Clinic, 150 U. Pa. L. Rev. 173 (2001).
Poverty, Democracy and Constitutional Law, 141 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1277 (1993).
"If You Ain't Got the Do Re Mi": A Commerce Clause Analysis of State Durational Residence Restrictions on Welfare, 11 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 147 (1993).
Articles in Periodicals
A Call for Repeal or Invalidation of Congressional Restrictions on Legal Services, 53 Rec. N.Y.C. Bar Ass'n, 13 (March 1998) (principal author for Committee on C.R.).
The Rights of the Poor (1997) (co-written with Helen Hershkoff).
Articles in Books
Tough times and weak review: The 2008 economic meltdown and enforcement of socio-economic Rights in US state courts, in Nolan, ed., Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press 2014) (with Helen Hershkoff).
Some Comments on the Direction of Personal Mobility Rights in the United States, in The European Union and the United States: Constitutional Systems in Evolution (1999).
A Discussion of Poverty and Economic Justice Between Frances Fox Piven and Stephen Loffredo (moderated by Ruthann Robson), 11 N.Y. City L. Rev. 1 (2007).