Kate Sablosky Elengold

Assistant Professor of Law, and Director of the Economic Justice Clinic

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Civil Law
  • Civil Rights and Discrimination
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Housing Law
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Litigation
  • Poverty Law
  • Property Law and Real Estate


Kate Sablosky Elengold joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2016. She is an assistant professor of law, directs the Economic Justice Clinic, and is a faculty fellow at the UNC Center for Community Capital. Her teaching and research interests include consumer credit and debt, civil rights, property, and professional responsibility. Elengold’s scholarship bridges consumer and civil rights doctrines, with a specific focus on student debt. Her work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Boston University Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and Houston Law Review, among others. Her article, Branding Identity (2016), earned her the Emerging Scholar Award from the Denver Law Review.

Elengold attended New York University School of Law where she was an editor on the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. After law school, Elengold clerked for Judge James B. Moran of the Northern District of Illinois. From there, Elengold joined the United States Department of Justice as an Honors Attorney in the Civil Rights Division. At DOJ, Elengold litigated cases under the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Housing and Community Development Act. She acted as lead counsel on several pattern or practice cases, including complex litigation resulting in a year-long federal district court bench trial. Prior to joining Carolina Law, Elengold was a practitioner-in-residence at American University Washington College of Law.


  • J.D., New York University Law School (2005)
  • B.A. (High Honors, High Distinction), American Culture, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2001)

Selected Publications

Debt, Work, and the State, 109 MINN. L. REV. (forthcoming 2024). 

 Debt and Physical Mobility, 112 CAL. L. REV. (forthcoming 2024).

Mobility Matters: Where Higher Education Meets Transportation, 13 U.C. IRVINE L. REV.619 (2023).
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Qualified Sovereignty (with J. Glater), 97 WASH. L. REV. 155 (2022).
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The Sovereign in Commerce (with J. Glater), 73 STAN. L. REV. 1101 (2021).
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The Sovereign Shield (with J. Glater), 73 STAN. L. REV. 969 (2021). 
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The Investment Imperative, 57 HOUS. L. REV. 1 (2019).
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Clustered Bias, 96 N.C. L. REV. 457 (2018).
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Consumer Remedies for Civil Rights, 99 B.U. L. REV. 587 (2019).
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