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Monica Teixeira de Sousa
Areas of Expertise
  • Legal Services for the Poor
  • Women's Rights
  • Public Interest
  • Property Law
  • Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Poverty Law
  • Juveniles and the Criminal Justice System
  • Family Law
  • Equal Protection
  • Education Law and Policy (including No Child Left Behind)
  • Civil Rights
  • Child Custody
  • Affirmative Action

Monica Teixeira de Sousa

Professor of Law


BA Brown University
JD Georgetown University Law Center

Professional Background

Monica Teixeira de Sousa teaches Property, Family Law, Education Law, and Landlord-Tenant Law. She serves as the advisor for the Family Law Concentration, leads the school's First Generation Students Program, and directs the Sandra Day O'Connor Honors Program. Before joining the New England Law faculty in 2007, she was a staff attorney at Rhode Island Legal Services, where she began practicing in 2002 as a Skadden Fellow and created a school-based legal clinic in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She represented parents and students in school discipline and special education cases, as well as public benefits, family law, and housing issues. Professor Teixeira de Sousa has written and presented on issues of equity and education and currently holds an appointment as research associate in the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Department at Brown University. In 2014, she took a sabbatical from academic teaching and worked as a volunteer attorney in the Public Benefits Unit at Rhode Island Legal Services. She has served as a member of the Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program Alumni Scholarship Committee since 2013. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Cape Verdean American Lawyers Association. Professor Teixeira de Sousa earned her JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002 and her BA from Brown University in 1998. 

Selected Publications

R.I. children cut off from civics, Providence Journal (2019)

It’s time to prioritize fair work schedules, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (2019)

Playing by the Rules: Upward Mobility and Administrative Law Judges, 53 New England Law Review (2019)

Viewpoint: Supreme Court decision is dangerous and erodes union effectiveness, Boston Business Journal (2018)

Class Houses: Fragility and Disunity in the Ranks of Academe or Democratizing the Future of Legal Education According to the Vision of Ivan Illich, 15 Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal (2018)

As I See It: A steelworker’s daughter calling for end of National Grid lockout, The Telegram & Gazette (2018)

Richards, David L. and Jillienne Haglund. Violence Against Women and the Law, 10 Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought (2017)

Educational Rights for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, (2017)

Compelling Honesty: Amending Charter School Enrollment Laws to Aid Society's Most Vulnerable, 45 The Urban Lawyer 30 (2013)

The State of Our Unions: How President Obama’s Education Reforms Threaten the Working Class, 50 University of Louisville Law Review 201 (2011)

A Race to the Bottom? President Obama’s Incomplete and Conservative Strategy for Reforming Education in Struggling Schools or The Perils of Ignoring Poverty, 39 Stetson Law Review 629 (2010) (Chosen from articles submitted to the AALS Section on New Law Professors in response to its call for papers.)

In Central Falls, it’s a race to the bottom, Providence Journal (2010) Op-ed, March 5, 2010

The Politics of Supplementing Failure Under NCLB: How Both Left and Right Are Forcing Low-Income Children to Choose Between a Deficient Education and Working Overtime, 10 Nevada Law Journal 118 (2009)