September 2020 Update: We are saddened to share that Professor Fleming died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Please visit In Memoriam: Professor Anne Fleming for more information.
Professor Fleming’s research interests include contract and commercial law, consumer finance, and American legal history, with a focus on the relationship between law and poverty. Her first book, City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance (Harvard 2018), explores the growth and regulation of small-dollar lending institutions in United States over the twentieth century. In 2019, City of Debtors won the Ralph Gomory book prize from the Business History Conference and the best book award from the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Fleming’s other recent writing examines the history of “truth-in-lending” laws, the intersection of legal history and economic history, and the role of the doctrine of unconscionability in protecting poor consumers. She is currently at work on a project exploring the development of the American consumer bankruptcy system and the origins of chapter 13.
Fleming received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as a board member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. After law school, she worked as a law clerk for 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. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania and teaches courses on contracts, bankruptcy, secured transactions, and consumer finance.
"Anne Fleming ’05, Legal Historian, Past Climenko Fellow," coverage in the Harvard Law Today, September 2, 2020, featuring Professor Anne Fleming.
"What's behind Virginia's latest move to fix lending laws and protect borrowers", coverage in The Washington Post, February 10, 2020, by Professor Anne Fleming.
"Analysis: The government move that threatens to keep Americans trapped in debt," an opinoin piece by Associate Professor of Law Anne Fleming in the Daily Herald (Chicago, IL), May 5, 2019.
"The government move that threatens to keep Americans trapped in debt," coverage in The Washington Post, May 2, 2019 by Professor Anne Fleming.