Andrew Hammond Writes on Ineffectual Poverty Pleading System

Former Fellow Andrew Hammond (‘16) wrote a study for The Yale Law Journal detailing the problems a poor person faces when attempting to gain access to the federal courts, as well as proposing potential solutions (“Pleading Poverty in Federal Court,” August 2019). According to Andrew, his study shows that “district courts lack standards to determine a litigant’s poverty and often require litigants to answer an array of questions to little effect. As a result, discrepancies in federal practice abound — across and within district courts — and produce a pleading system that is arbitrary, inefficient, and invasive.”