Noah Zatz is Acting Professor of Law at the UCLA Law School and comes to LAPA after a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. His main scholarly interests are in employment and labor law, welfare and poverty law, work/family policy, and feminist legal theory. Zatz’s research primarily explores how and why the law distinguishes work from other activities and differentiates market and nonmarket modes of organizing labor. His publications in this area have analyzed what qualifies as work under welfare work requirements, the application of labor and employment law to prison labor and other paid work that is organized outside traditional labor markets, and feminist perspectives on prostitution as sex work. Before entering law teaching, Zatz was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to support his public interest work at the National Employment Law Project in New York City.
Zatz received his A.B. summa cum laude from Cornell University in 1994, his M.A. from Cornell University in 1996, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1999. He clerked for Judge Kimba M. Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and then for Judge Guido Calabresi of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. While at LAPA, Zatz will investigate how contemporary antipoverty policy’s roots in a family wage model of the household economy have rendered child-care invisible both as a component of household need and as a form of valuable work, and he will develop new approaches to means-testing and work requirements that are responsive to this critique.