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Anne Fleming

Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Yale; J.D., Harvard; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Expertise:

Bankruptcy Law, Consumer Protection, Contracts, Legal History

Professor Fleming's research interests include contract law, commercial law, and American legal history, with a focus on the relationship between law and poverty.  The American Society for Legal...

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Professor Fleming's research interests include contract law, commercial law, and American legal history, with a focus on the relationship between law and poverty.  The American Society for Legal History has recognized her work with the Kathryn T. Preyer Scholars Award and a William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Fellowship.She has also received the K. Austin Kerr prize and the Herman E. Krooss dissertation prize from the Business History Conference.  Fleming received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as a board member of the Legal Aid Bureau.After law school, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She also practiced as a staff attorney for South Brooklyn Legal Services, representing low-income homeowners facing foreclosure. Before joining the Georgetown faculty, Fleming taught at Harvard Law School as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law.  Her first book, City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance, explores the history of "fringe lending" and its regulation in the twentieth-century United States. It will be published by Harvard University Press in January 2018.

Recent Scholarship

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Anne Fleming, City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance (Harvard University Press forthcoming).   
  • Anne Fleming, Legal History as Economic History, in The Oxford Handbook of Historical Legal Research (Christopher Tomlins & Markus D. Dubber eds., Oxford University Press forthcoming).   
  • Anne Fleming, The Long History of “Truth in Lending”, 30 J. Pol'y Hist. (forthcoming 2018).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Anne Fleming, City of Debtors: Law, Loan Sharks, and the Shadow Economy of Urban Poverty, 1900–1970, 17 Enterprise & Soc'y 734-740 (2016).   

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Anne Fleming, Remaking the "Law of the Poor": Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Co. (1965), in The Poverty Law Canon: Exploring the Major Cases 32-50 (Marie A. Failinger & Ezra Rosser eds., Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press 2016).    [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 2004 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Anne Fleming, City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance (Harvard University Press forthcoming).   
  • Anne Fleming, Legal History as Economic History, in The Oxford Handbook of Historical Legal Research (Christopher Tomlins & Markus D. Dubber eds., Oxford University Press forthcoming).   
  • Anne Fleming, The Long History of “Truth in Lending”, 30 J. Pol'y Hist. (forthcoming 2018).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Anne Fleming, City of Debtors: Law, Loan Sharks, and the Shadow Economy of Urban Poverty, 1900–1970, 17 Enterprise & Soc'y 734-740 (2016).   
  • Anne Fleming, Response, The Long Shadow of Doctrine, 163 U. Pa. L. Rev. Online 337-344 (2015).    [HEIN] [WWW]
  • Anne Fleming, The Rise and Fall of Unconscionability as the "Law of the Poor", 102 Geo. L.J. 1383-1441 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Anne Fleming, The Borrower's Tale: A History of Poor Debtors in Lochner Era New York City, 30 Law & Hist. Rev. 1053-1098 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Anne Fleming, Protecting the Innocent: The Future of Mentally Disabled Tenants in Federally Subsidized Housing after HUD v. Rucker, 40 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 197-222 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Anne Fleming, 39 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 271-274 (2004) (reviewing Daniel Farber, Lincoln's Constitution (2003)).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Anne Fleming, Remaking the "Law of the Poor": Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Co. (1965), in The Poverty Law Canon: Exploring the Major Cases 32-50 (Marie A. Failinger & Ezra Rosser eds., Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press 2016).    [BOOK]
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