Paula Roberts, Esq.
Roberts is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center
for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). Her current work focuses on policies for
establishing and disestablishing paternity, improving medical child support,
child support guidelines and their impact on low-income and incarcerated
obligors, and the intersection of welfare and child support policies with
initiatives to promote marriage in the low-income community.
Roberts began her career in private practice in Newark, New Jersey, and then moved to the Law Reform Unit of Essex-Newark Legal Services
where she focused on housing and child care issues. After moving to Washington in 1976, she worked for several years at the
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) where
she litigated child nutrition issues and headed FRAC's efforts around welfare
reform. After a two-year stint at the Legal Services Corporation's Research
Institute, she joined the CLASP staff in 1982 as a senior staff attorney. At
CLASP, Ms. Roberts has worked on welfare reform, block grant, minimum wage, and
child care concerns. However, her primary focus is on child support enforcement
as an anti-poverty strategy. She is the author of more than 10 books and 40 law
review articles on various aspects of paternity establishment and child support
policy from the perspective of low income parents. She has served as an advisor
to the National Conference of Commissioners
on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) in developing the Uniform Interstate Family Support
Act (UIFSA) and the Uniform Parentage Act
(UPA 2002). Roberts was also a member of the Congressionally-mandated Medical
Child Support Working Group and the Medical Child Support
Indicator Working Group.
her work on behalf of low income children, she has received the federal Office of Child Support
Enforcementís (OCSE) Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Child Support Enforcement Associationís
(NCSEA) Community Service Award, and two Golden Heart Awards from the Association for Children for
Enforcement of Support (ACES). She has also been honored by the Mandel
Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago and the Eastern
Regional Child Support Enforcement Association (ERICSA).
is a graduate of Smith College and Fordham University Law School, which awarded her the Louis J. Lefkowitz
Public Service Alumna Award in 1997.
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