Article Title

Dialogue, Perspective and Point of View As Lawyering Method: A New Approach to Evaluating Anti-Crime Measures in Subsidized Housing

Publication Title

Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law


This Article will explore an anti-crime policy that several subsidized housing communities have implemented. Under this policy, police give people whom they find "suspicious" notices of trespass and ban them from subsidized housing premises. This exploration will begin by modeling how an attorney can uncover a variety of perspectives to better understand potential problems with a policy. Next, this Article will discuss how an understanding of these perspectives can inform the content of problem-solving dialogue. It will then analyze two constitutional doctrines to determine what constitutional litigation might add to the problem solving process. Finally, this Article will conclude with a discussion of how lawyers might assist residents and members of surrounding poor communities in the crime-fighting effort.