Kathryn Sabbeth teaches, writes, and litigates about civil (in)justice and housing. Recent publications include Eviction Courts; Racial Capitalism in the Civil Courts; and The Gender of Gideon. Her shorter commentary, including Market-Based Law Development and Erasing the “Scarlet E” of Eviction Records, has appeared in the Appeal, the Law and Political Economy Blog, and the Washington Post. She is currently working on a book, Courts & Capital: How Market Power Shapes Law and Justice in the Civil Legal System, under contract with Cambridge University Press.
Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers-Newark, Professor Sabbeth taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as a professor of law. Her courses at UNC included Civil Lawyering Process; Employment Discrimination; and Legal Ethics and Social Justice. She also directed the UNC Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, in which her students represented tenants and workers seeking racial, economic, and gender justice. Before UNC, Professor Sabbeth taught at Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as a teaching fellow and staff attorney. In Georgetown’s Institute for Public Representation, she supervised federal civil rights litigation related to employment discrimination, education equity, and public access to information. Before teaching, Sabbeth served as a staff attorney in the Housing Unit of (what was then) South Brooklyn Legal Services. She also clerked in the Southern District of New York and at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
At Rutgers-Newark, Professor Sabbeth teaches Property and a seminar on access to justice, and she serves as co-director of the Housing Justice & Tenant Solidarity Clinic.