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Title: Assistant Professor of Law
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Karen M. Tani is a scholar of U.S. legal history and social welfare
law. Her research explores the legal architecture of the U.S.
welfare state and the legal practices of its designers,
administrators, critics, and beneficiaries. She teaches Torts, Legal
History, and social welfare law.
Tani's current research project examines legal contests over welfare
benefits and administration in the years between the New Deal and
the welfare rights movement. Her article "Welfare and Rights before
the Movement: Rights as a Language of the State" recently appeared
in the Yale Law Journal (2012). Other recent work includes an
essay on the history of law and poverty (with Felicia Kornbluh)
(Wiley-Blackwell 2013) and a book chapter on Asian American civil
rights activism and the War on Poverty (University of Georgia Press,
Tani is the first graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's
J.D./Ph.D. program in American Legal History. Following her law
school graduation, she clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Tani was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in
Legal History at New York University School of Law and the George
Sharswood Fellow in Law and History at the University of
Pennsylvania Law School.
Tani serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society for
Legal History and is a member of the Organization of American
Historians. She contributes regularly to the Legal History Blog. At Berkeley,
Tani is an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Law and Society.
B.A., Dartmouth College (2002)
J.D., University of Pennsylvania (2007)
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (2011)
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