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Tonya Brito

Tonya Brito

Expert on family law and policy, access to civil justice, poverty law and welfare policy, a and law and inequality.

Jefferson Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law, Law School Law School Work: 608-265-6475 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Family law and social policy
  • Child support law and policy
  • State regulation of poor families
  • Access to civil justice
  • Law and Inequality


  • Kellett Mid-Career Award, University of Wisconsin, 2019-2024
  • Selected as Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 2018-2019
  • Awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize Honorable Mention for the best article on Race, Racism and the Law in 2016
  • Awarded the 2016 Sheldon B. Lubar Distinguished Research Chair in Law
  • Member, Executive Committee, Institute for Research on Poverty