Importance of Legal Assistance Is Subject
of Fromkin Lecture

2013 Fromkin Memorial LectureThe 44th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecture will be presented by David Pate, Associate Professor in UWM’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, Department of Social Work,, on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Conference Center, UWM Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.

The title of his lecture is “Access to Justice: How Lawyers Matter in Civil Proceedings for Low-Income Litigants.”

The question of whether and how to provide legal assistance to individuals who cannot afford civil counsel is a pressing nationwide issue, especially for low-income, African American men in child-support litigation.

Non-custodial parents who live in poverty owe the vast majority of child support owed in the U.S., many of whom lack attorney representation in civil contempt proceedings. The result is commonly incarceration for nonpayment, a particularly devastating solution.

Dr. David Pate's research examines the role that legal assistance plays in civil proceedings, especially child-support cases in Wisconsin and Illinois, and the effect that such assistance has on outcomes for indigent respondents.

The goal is to advance social justice to poor non-custodial parents and their families by providing the unrepresented with meaningful access to the courts and just outcomes in their cases.

A contributor to WUWM's "Lake Effect" ("Real Talk"), Pate joined the faculty at UWM in 2006. His most recent publications explore the issues of poor fathers, welfare policy, domestic violence, and their children.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information or special needs, please call (414) 229-4345.

Call for 2014 Fromkin Grant Proposals

The UWM Libraries invite proposals for the 2014 Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship.

The grant encourages and assists UWM scholars in all fields of study to conduct research on individuals, groups, movements, and ideas, in the Americas and elsewhere, which have influenced the quest for social justice and human rights in the United States.

All full-time UWM faculty and academic staff are encouraged to apply, individually or as a group, for this $5,000 award, which is intended to cover costs of research such as support for travel, research assistance, or other appropriate expenses.

Applications must be received by Friday, November 29, 2013.

For more information about the grant and application, visit