Mark N. Aaronson is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He joined the UC Hastings faculty in 1992 and was the founding director of its Civil Justice Clinic. Before entering full-time teaching, he had an extensive career as a civil rights and anti-poverty lawyer. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a PhD in political science, from the University of California, Berkeley.
An extended, multifaceted case study of a kind not much found in scholarship on social cause lawyering. The narrative highlights the forceful presence of Ronald Reagan and the key role in representing the welfare poor of Ralph S. Abascal, a legal aid attorney. To fight Reagan’s welfare policies, Abascal with other legal services lawyers affected judicial, legislative, and administrative change.