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.

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