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Professor of Law
Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic Daniel L. Hatcher
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 426
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Administrative Assistant: Rosalind Williams
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 412


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1996
B.B.A., High Honors, University of Texas at Arlington, 1991

Curriculum Vitae

Hatcher’s new book with NYU Press, The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens, is scheduled for public release on June 21, 2016.  The book is already receiving excellent reviews, including from the New Yorker, and is attracting national attention – including coverage in The Atlantic, The Guardian, C-SPAN, and several NPR shows. Book events are being scheduled, including with Politics & Prose on June 29, 2016

Areas of Expertise

Poverty Law: including welfare policy, consumer law, housing, landlord/tenant, family law, public benefits, administrative advocacy, and legislative advocacy
Child Support
Child Welfare Policy and Practice
Civil Litigation
Clinical legal education
Health Care Law: focusing on issues impacting low-income families and the uninsured

Before joining the faculty in 2004, Hatcher was in a statewide position with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, serving as the assistant director of advocacy for public benefits and economic stability. He previously worked as a staff attorney for Legal Aid in the Baltimore Child Advocacy Unit representing abused and neglected children, and he represented adult clients all poverty law matters – including public benefits, housing, consumer and family law issues. He was also a senior staff attorney with the Children's Defense Fund where he worked on policy development and legislative advocacy in areas affecting child and family poverty. Hatcher has testified before Congress, the Maryland General Assembly and in other governmental proceedings regarding several issues affecting children and low-income individuals and families.

Hatcher's scholarship has addressed the conflicts between state agencies' revenue maximization strategies and the agencies' core missions to serve low-income children and families – including the practice of state foster care agencies converting foster children's Social Security benefits into state revenue, Medicaid maximization and diversion practices, welfare cost recovery policies in the TANF program, and foster care cost recovery through child support enforcement. His scholarship has attracted national attention, including significant press coverage, congressional testimony, citation in multiple Congressional Research Service reports, requests to draft legislation, and continued participation in national policy reform efforts.


C-SPAN, “Book Discussion on The Poverty Industry” (coverage of book talk with Politics and Prose), June 29, 2016

Boston Review, “Great Exploitations” (review of The Poverty Industry), August 29, 2016 

Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Siphoning Off the Safety Net” (review of The Poverty Industry), Fall 2016

The Guardian, “US law professor exposes system that makes profit from poverty,” June 28, 2016

The Atlantic, “When Poverty Is Profitable,” June 22, 2016.

WAMU (NPR in Washington DC), The Kojo Nnamdi Show, “ How Local Foster Care Plays A Role In ‘The Poverty Industry’,” June 28, 2016

WNYC (NPR affiliate in New York), The Leonard Lopate Show, “How Some Public-Private Partnerships Profit from Poverty,” June 27, 2016

KALW (NPR affiliate in San Francisco), Your Call, “Profiting from the Poor,” August 24, 2016

WPR (NPR affiliate in Wisconsin), The Kathleen Dunn Show, “How Government and the Private Sector Profit from the Social Safety Net,” August 23, 2016

WILL Illinois Public Radio (NPR affiliate in Illinois), The 21st Show, “The Poverty Industry,” July 11, 2016

KERA (NPR affiliate in Dallas), Think, “Exploring The Poverty Industry: 'Children And The Poor Being Mined For Revenue',” July 5, 2016

WYPR (NPR affiliate in Baltimore), Midday, “The Poverty Industry,” June 24, 2016

KSTX, Texas Public Radio, (NPR affiliate in San Antonio, Texas), The Source, “Texas Among States That Siphons Federal Dollars To Balance Budget, Book Argues,” June 22, 2016,

WOSU Public Media (NPR affiliate in Ohio), All Sides with Ann Fisher, “Profiting Off The Poor and Disabled in The Poverty Industry,” June 7, 2016

Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) Op-Ed (reprinted from Transformation), Transform the Poverty Industry, June 29, 2016

Center for American Progress, TalkPoverty (Op-Ed), The Poverty Industry: How Foster Care Agencies Exploit Children in Their Care, June 24, 2016

openDemocracy, Transformation, (Op-Ed), Transforming the Poverty Industry, June 21, 2016.

BYU Radio, The Matt Townsend Show, “The Poverty Industry,” July 1, 2016

Newstalk-WOCA, AM Ocala, The Poverty Industry, June 22, 2016

CBS News Money Watch, “The High Cost of Being Poor,” March 28, 2016

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed, “Legislation Needed to Protect Foster Kids’ Assets,” March 3, 2015

Wonkette, “States Find Cash Cow: It is Impoverished Kids in Foster Care…,” March 6, 2015

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed, “How Maryland Robs its Most Vulnerable Children,” Oct. 14, 2013

Baltimore Sun Letter-to-the-editor, “Sorry, But DHR is Robbing Foster Children,” Oct. 23, 2013

Boston Globe, Op-Ed, “Romney’s Medicaid Shell Game,” Oct. 12, 2012

Salon, “Law Professor: Romney Exploited Federal Spending Loophole in Mass.,” Oct. 14, 2012 

New York Times, Cuomo’s Medicaid Changes are at Washington’s Mercy, Oct. 23, 2012 

Associated Press, “States’ Use of Foster Kids’ Benefits is Assailed,” March 16, 2011

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

The Poverty IndustryThe Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens, NYU Press (June 21, 2016)  

Book Chapter, Advocating for Nonresident Fathers in Child Welfare Court Cases, Legal Strategies to Address Child Support Obligations, ABA Center on Children and the Law (2009)

Articles and Essays

Forgotten Fathers, 93 B.U. L. Rev. 897 (2013)

Purpose vs. Power: Parens Patriae and Agency Self-Interest, 42 N. Mex. L. Rev. 159 (2012)

Don't Forget Dad: Addressing Women's Poverty by Rethinking Forced and Outdated Child Support Policies, 10 Journal of Gender, Social & the Law 775 (2012)

Poverty Revenue: The Subversion of Fiscal Federalism, 52 Ariz. L. Rev. 675 (2010)

Collateral Children: Consequence and Illegality at the Intersection of Foster Care and Child Support, 74 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1333 (2009), (Selected for presentation at AALS Section on Family and Juvenile Law's 2010 Annual Meeting)

Legal Strategies to Address Child Support Obligations for Nonresident Fathers in the Child Welfare System, 28 ABA Child L. Prac. 1 (2009).

Child Support Harming Children: Subordinating the Best Interests of Children to the Fiscal Interests of the State, 42 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1029 (2007). (A draft of the article provided to the New York Times helped lead to a front page story. See Erik Eckholm, Mothers Scrimp as States Take Child Support, Dec. 1, 2007 at A 1.)

Foster Children Paying for Foster Care, 27 Cardozo L. Rev. 1797 (2006). (A draft of the article provided to the New York Times resulted in a front page story. See Erik Eckholm, Welfare Agencies Seek Foster Children's Assets, N.Y.Times, Feb 17, 2006 at A1. Professor Hatcher has since been asked to draft federal legislation to implement his suggested reforms and to testify before Congress regarding the article and his legislative proposal.

Breaking the Cycle of Defeat for 'Deadbroke' Noncustodial Parents Through Advocacy on Child Support Issues, 37 Clearinghouse Rev. 5 (May-June 2003) (co-author).

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Recent Conferences

Speaker, National Poverty Law Conference, Poverty Law: Academic Activism, Seattle University School of Law, Feb. 20, 2016.

Speaker, 7th Annual Veteran's Legal Assistance Conference & Training, June 5, 2015.

Instructor, Maryland Judicial Institute, Impact of Poverty on Judicial-Decision Making, March 31, 2015.

Speaker, National Child Support Enforcement Administration, Policy Forum, Beginning Plenary Speaker, February 12, 2015.

Moderator, "How Long is Too Long - Criminal Records in the Digital Age," Conference/Panel discussion with the Job Opportunities Task Force, January 12, 2015.

Speaker, Social Security Advisory Board, Board discussion to consider ways to protect children's SSI funds, January 8, 2015.

Speaker, National Tribal Child Support Association Conference, June 9, 2014.

Speaker, "Evaluating Claims about "the End of Men': Legal and Other Perspectives," Boston University School of Law, October 12-13, 2012.

Speaker, AALS Joint Session of Sections on Poverty Law & Clinical Education, Theory and Praxis in Reducing Women's Poverty, January 7, 2012.

Speaker, Speaker Stolen Futures: A Forum On Child Identity Theft, Federal Trade Commission and the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, July 12, 2011.

Speaker, Identity Assistance Center (ITAC) Podcast, Professor Daniel Hatcher, University of Baltimore Law School, July 10, 2011.

Speaker, The Urban Child in the Child Welfare System, University of Baltimore School of Law, April 7, 2011.

Speaker, Masking and Manipulating Vulnerability, Emory University School of Law, March 19, 2011.

Speaker, Congressional Briefing on "The Fleecing of Foster Children: How We Confiscate Their Assets and Undermine Their Financial Security," March 16, 2011, press release available at

Speaker, AALS Section on Family and Juvenile Law, 2010 Annual Meeting, Money, Intimacy, Law and the Contours of Inequality, Jan. 8, 2010 (paper selected from call for papers).

Speaker, American University Washington College of Law, Conference on Poverty and Economic Mobility, Oct. 26, 2009.

Speaker, ABA Section on Litigation, Children’s Rights Litigation, Raising our Hands: Creating a National Strategy for Children’s Right to Counsel in Abuse and Neglect Cases, Oct. 23, 2009.

Speaker, ABA Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions, Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Proceeding, University of Maryland School of Law, June 13, 2008.

Speaker, Economic Driver’s License Suspension Roundtable, Annie E. Casey Foundation and The Mobility Agenda, March 5, 2008.

Speaker, The Role of Law Schools in Fostering Commitment to Pro Bono Publico, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, Oct. 6, 2007.

Speaker, American Bar Association and University of Baltimore School of Law Center for Families, Children and the Courts, Summit on Unified Family Courts: Serving Children and Families Efficiently, Effectively and Responsibly, May 3, 2007.

Speaker, International Society of Family Law North-American Regional Conference, Vancouver, Presentation of draft article titled “Child Support Harming Children,” June 2007.

Speaker, Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program and ABA Center on Children and the Law, 12th National Conference on Children and the Law, Promoting Children's Interests: Preparation, Practice & Policy Reform, April 14, 2007.