Clare Pastore

Expert on poverty law, civil rights, civil procedure and access to justice
  • Associate Professor of the Practice of Law, USC Gould School of Law
Office: (213) 821-4410

Expertise Summary

Clare Pastore teaches Poverty Law, Civil Rights, Suing the Government, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and the Access to Justice Practicum, while continuing to practice as a leading member of the California public interest community. Her research interests center on poverty, civil rights and access to justice issues. She is a regular speaker on poverty, access to justice and public interest law.


  • Poverty law
  • Welfare
  • Disability rights and disability law
  • Civil rights
  • Women's rights
  • Litigation
  • Legal aid
  • Professional responsibility
  • Legal ethics
  • Civil procedure
  • Access to justice
  • Courts
  • Court fees


  • French

Additional Information

  • Member, L.A. County Bar Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee (2007-present)
  • Co-chair, Model Statute Task Force of California Commission on Access to Justice (2004-present)
  • Skadden Fellow and Staff Attorney, Western Center on Law and Poverty (1989-2004)
  • Senior Counsel, ACLU Foundation of S. California (2004-2007)
  • Southern California “Superlawyer” (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

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