Volume 30

Letter from the Editors

by Samantha M. Rudelich & Megan C. Kilduff

Georgetown Journal on Fighting Poverty published its first issue in November of 1993. During this time, our nation was deciding how to serve its most vulnerable populations. Its creation was in response to new social programs being enacted. The Journal began to fill the crucial gap of all areas of poverty law and reimagined how a journal could engage in scholarship by including poems and art. During these past 30 volumes, the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy has been the leading journal bringing solutions to systemic and deeply entrenched issues relating to poverty law. Though our name has changed, we remain committed to fighting poverty and the legal, economic, and social structures that perpetuate inequality. As the work evolves, our focus continues to be highlighting the work of scholars, professionals, and people experiencing poverty in order to provide realistic solutions to our most important and difficult problems.

This year we celebrate a milestone and reflect on how we can continue to push solutions and imagine a different, better world. As society transitions toward living with an endemic coronavirus, we observe some of the fallout from the pandemic. This year has seen record income inequality and inflation. In many parts of the country, housing, healthcare, and essential services are increasingly difficult to access. While we continue to reimagine and build a kinder world, this Issue offers a wide variety of topics including housing access, access to justice, social security benefits, medical legal partnerships, and transformational medical care. We’re excited to highlight these scholars and their timely work.

As we begin Volume 30, we want to thank our incredible staff for their invaluable commitment to editing groundbreaking scholarship. We want to thank our Board of Advisors for their support in seeking out scholarship through their own communities and investing in the professional development of our staff. We want to thank our authors for their thoughtful contributions to the evolving field of poverty law. Finally, we want to thank you, our reader, for opening your hearts and minds to change. We look forward to another thirty years of pushing our country towards more equity and care. The work continues.


Samantha M. Rudelich, Editor-in-Chief, Vol. 30

Megan C. Kilduff, Managing Editor, Vol. 30

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