Felicia Kombluh


Scholars of poverty law, administrative law, and the movement for welfare rights have recognized the significance of the fair hearings for public assistance recipients that were authorized by the Social Security Act of 1935. In American constitutional history, fair hearings are recognized as the impetus for the 1970 Supreme Court case Goldberg v. Kelly which consolidated twenty legal appeals of decisions made by the New York City welfare department. However, scholars have not studied welfare fair hearings from the period before Goldberg (such as the hearing of Joan Sunderland) in any depth. As a result, they have missed part of the history of administrative justice, welfare rights, and low-income women's engagement with federal, state, and municipal welfare policy after World War II.

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