J. L. Pottenger, Jr.

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law


J.L. Pottenger, Jr., is the Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His subjects include housing and community development, legislative advocacy, prison legal services, trial practice, landlord/tenant law, and professional responsibility.

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J. L. Pottenger, Jr.

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 1975

A.B., Princeton University, 1971

Courses Taught


  • Housing Court Clinic
  • Legal Ethics
  • Legislative Advocacy Clinic
  • Prosecution Externship

J.L. Pottenger, Jr., is the Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His subjects include housing and community development, legislative advocacy, prison legal services, trial practice, landlord/tenant law, and professional responsibility. Professor Pottenger received his A.B. from Princeton and his J.D. from Yale.

Friday, August 30, 2019


Connecticut Supreme Court Cites Housing Clinic Brief in Win for Tenants

The Connecticut Supreme Court cited a brief written by Yale Law School’s Housing Clinic when it ruled that landlords may not include “extraneous and irrelevant charges” in eviction paperwork, affirming that tenants of subsidized housing have a right to know how much they must pay to keep their homes.

Thursday, August 22, 2019


Housing Clinic Scores Connecticut Supreme Court Win for Mortgage Borrowers

The Housing Clinic scored a long-fought victory for homeowners when the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling in in U.S. Bank v. Blowers broadened what sort of bank misconduct mortgage borrowers can raise when defending against a foreclosure action.

Sunday, March 3, 2019


As New Haven children suffer lead poisoning, officials debate policy

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law J.L. Pottenger, Jr. ’75 and Amy Marx ’00 are quoted in the New Haven Register about the city’s response to cases of lead poisoning in New Haven.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


“Riffraff” Phobia Emerges At Parkside Hearing

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law Jay Pottenger ’75 is quoted in a report on a public hearing about a proposed low-income housing project in Branford.

Friday, April 15, 2016


Professors Pottenger and Wizner to Be Honored by Legal Assistance Organization

J.L. Pottenger, Jr. ’75, and Stephen Wizner will receive the 2016 Equal Access to Justice award from New Haven Legal Assistance.

Friday, April 8, 2016


Yale Law Students Help Foreclosure Victims With New Program

James Mandilk ’17 is quoted in an article about a new program launched by the Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic at Yale Law School that offers short-term legal support to New Haven residents facing foreclosure proceedings.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Legal-aid to close its lobbying arm at State Capitol

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law J.L. Pottenger ’75 is quoted in an article about the closing of the Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


Lending Help

In the wake of the mortgage foreclosure crisis, a Yale Law School clinic fights for the rights of homeowners trying to stay afloat amidst complex and quickly evolving legal realities.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Professor J.L. Pottenger Jr. ’75 to Receive Award from The Connecticut Fair Housing Center

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut, will award its George and Patricia Ritter Pro Bono Award to Yale Law School Professor J.L. Pottenger Jr. ’75 at the Center’s Civil Rights Award Dinner on May 29.