Lens, Vicki | MSW | JD | PhD

Associate Dean & Professor
Phone: (212) 396-7539
Office: 436
Email: vl531@hunter.cuny.edu
Areas of Expertise:
Socio-legal studies of street level and appellate courts
Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Family Courts
Poverty and social welfare policy
Qualitative research methods

Ph.D., Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work
J.D., New York Law School
M.S.W., State University of New York, Stony Brook, School of Social Welfare

-Social Welfare Policy and Services
-Law and Social Work
-Qualitative Research (doctoral program)

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Lens, V. (2021). Social Justice and the Supreme Court: Lessons from the Past.
Mitchell Hamline Law Journal of Public Policy & Practice 42 (1), 49- 90.

Henry, C. & Lens, V. (2021). Marginalizing mothers: Child maltreatment registries,
statutory schemes, and reduced opportunities for employment. City University of New York Law Review, 21(1), 1-34. https://academicworks.cuny.edu/clr/vol24/iss1/3

Lens V. (2019). Judging the “other”: The intersection of race, gender and class in
Family Court. Family Court Review 57 (1), 72-87.

Lens, V. (2019). The Travel Ban cases: A Tale of Two Governments. Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 29 (1), 67-109.

Lens, V. (2016). Poor Justice: How the Poor Fare in the Courts. Oxford University Press. Society for Social Work and Research 2017 Book Award. Honorable Mention.


A qualitative study funded by the Robin Hood Foundation on the economic impact of the pandemic on low-income New Yorkers

A qualitative study funded by the Robin Hood Foundation on the economic impact of the Child Tax Credit.

Family Court child welfare proceedings, judicial behavior, and racial bias in the court room

Analysis of recent Supreme Court and appellate decisions on the administrative state and social policy

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