Peter Edelman

Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and poverty law and is faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government. He worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General John Douglas. Edelman worked as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy. During President Clinton’s first term he was Counselor to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and then Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Professor Edelman’s most recent book, So Rich So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America, was published by The New Press in May 2012. He previously wrote Searching for America’s Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, which was published by Houghton-Mifflin in January 2001. He also co-authored Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men, which was published by the Urban Institute in 2006.  Edelman is the author of many articles on poverty, constitutional law, and issues about children and youth. His article in the Atlantic Monthly, entitled “The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done,” received the Harry Chapin Media Award.Edelman received his A.B. from Harvard College and LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School. Edelman served as a law clerk to Judge Henry Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then as a law clerk for United States Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg.