Risa E. Kaufman

New York University School of Law
245 Sullivan St. - C-27
Furman Hall
New York,  New York  10021

Telephone: 212.998.6295
Fax: 212.995.4539

New York University School of Law, Fall 2005-present, Acting Assistance Professor of Lawyering
Fordham University School of Law, Fall 2003 - present, Adjunct Professor, Poverty Law Seminar.
Seton Hall Law School, Fall 2001, Adjunct Professor, Poverty Law Seminar.


Community Service Society of New York, Aug. 2002 � May 2005, Associate Counsel. Litigated on behalf of economically disadvantaged individuals and communities in state and federal courts. Responsible for developing docket to include impact cases and amicus work on matters related to public assistance, housing, and political participation.
Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Newark, N.J. Sept. 2000 � Aug. 2002. Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Law. Responsible for all aspects of civil rights public interest litigation in state and federal courts, including oral arguments at New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division. Counsel in matters including welfare reform, domestic violence, racial profiling, immigration, criminal justice, and prisoners� rights.
NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Sept. 1998 - Sept. 2000, Staff Attorney, Skadden Fellow. Contributed to all aspects of state and federal impact litigation, including United States v. Morrison and Saenz v. Roe; provided direct representation to low-income women in New York City area; developed and conducted public education and community outreach programs; provided technical assistance and training to low-income women and advocates. Substantive areas included economic justice, child care, and violence against women.


U.S. District Court, M.D. Ala.,Montgomery,Alabama, Sept. 1997 � Sept. 1998, Law Clerk to the Honorable Ira DeMent.


State of New York; State of New Jersey; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Southern District of New York; U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. Dist. Ct. for the District of New Jersey

Bridging the Federalsim Gap: Utilizing Procedural Due Process to Address Race Discrimination in a Devolved Welfare System, Hastings Race & Poverty L. J. (forthcoming, Spring 2005).
Community Service Requirement for Public Housing Residents: A Sample of States� Implementation and Strategies for Advocates, Clearinghouse Review (July/Aug. 2004) (with Judith Goldiner).
Preserving Aliens� and Migrant Workers� Access to Civil Legal Services: Constitutional and Policy Considerations, 5 U. Pa. J. of Const. L. 491 (2003) (with Laura K. Abel).
State ERAs in the New Era: Securing Poor Women�s Equality by Eliminating Reproductive-Based Discrimination, 24 Harv. Women�s L.J. 190 (2001).
Seeking Redress for Gender-Based Bias Crimes: Charting New Ground in Familiar Legal Territory, 6 Mich. Journal of Race & Law 265 (2001) (with Julie Goldscheid)
The Road Now Taken: The Privileges or Immunities Clause and the Right to Travel, 33 Clearinghouse Rev. 359 (Nov.-Dec. 1999) (with Martha F. Davis and Henry A. Freedman)
The Cultural Meaning of the �Welfare Queen:� Using State Constitutions to Challenge Child Exclusion Provisions, 23 N.Y.U. Rev. Law & Soc. Change 301 (1997)

Professional Affiliations:
Association of the Bar for the City of New York: Civil Rights Committee; Social Welfare Committee

New York University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D., cum laude, May 1997;
Root-Tilden-Snow Public Interest Scholarship; Eric Dean Bender Prize for Commitment to Public Service; Harry S Truman Scholarship for Public Service;
Review of Law & Social Change, Student Articles Development Editor; Student Attorney, Civil Rights Clinic
Newcomb College of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, B.A., summa cum laude in Political Science and Women's Studies, May 1994, Phi Beta Kappa; Sylvia Dreyfuss Award for Leadership in Women's Issues; Charles E. Dunbar Fellowship in Political Science