John Whitlow is an Associate Professor at the CUNY School of Law, where he teaches primarily in the Community & Economic Development (CED) Clinic. The CED Clinic works within a law and organizing framework to address structural inequalities in New York City through strategic litigation, transactional representation, and policy reform. Prior to joining CUNY’s faculty, John was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Law’s Economic Justice Clinic, which provides legal services to low-wage workers in wage and hour and eviction proceedings. At UNM, John also founded the school’s Anti-Displacement Project and taught constitutional law. Before joining the faculty at UNM, John was a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at CUNY, where he and his students represented tenant associations in affirmative litigation and provided transactional legal assistance to an array of community based organizations.

Prior to entering academia, John was a Supervising Attorney at Make the Road New York, where he oversaw the organization's housing and public benefits legal services and worked on housing and criminal justice policy initiatives, and a Staff Attorney at the Urban Justice Center's Community Development Project, where he represented tenant associations and provided transactional legal assistance to grassroots non-profits and worker-owned cooperatives. John began his legal career as a Staff Attorney in the Eviction Prevention Unit of Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Legal Services, where he represented low-income families facing eviction.

John is from Baltimore, Maryland and is a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. He holds a BA and a certificate in comparative international economic development from the Johns Hopkins University, an MA from the New School for Social Research, and a JD from the CUNY School of Law. He has been a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, a Visiting Lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University’s Public and Social Policy Center, and a Guest Lecturer in NYU Law School's Law, Organizing and Social Change Clinic. John’s research interests are centered on the role of law clinics in countering economic inequality and precarity.



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