Today Public Rights Project announced the newest cohort of its Public Rights Project Fellowship, a national program that adds capacity and expertise to state and local governments to protect their residents’ legal and civil rights. New legal fellows will be working alongside elected leaders in the offices of Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker, and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul.
When prosecutors hold corporations accountable for breaking the law, Americans see that the legal system can work for them, not just against them. When people see justice in their lives, they gain trust and confidence in government. The end result is a stronger democracy and more stable economy for everyone.
In the survey of 2,000 U.S. adults in March 2019 conducted by David Binder Research, 54 percent of respondents said they’d experienced corporate abuse in the last 10 years, including wage theft, predatory lending, predatory debt collection, unsafe rental housing conditions, or health problems due to pollution created by a business.
As amici, local governments from Los Angeles, California to Fayettville, Arkansas, shared insights about the ripple effects that LGBT workplace discrimination has--not only the overall well-being of LGBT people and their families--but also on the broader community and government infrastructure that depend on them. As “the level of government closest to the American people,” local governments “have seen firsthand the benefits to the entire community when the full scope of sex-based discrimination is prohibited.”
At the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Fellow will help enforce laws that protect residents from predatory lenders and financial service providers, wage theft, and financial crimes and fraud. The Fellow will also work to develop a program to utilize the civil arm of the State’s Attorney’s Office to further criminal justice reform and increase the public safety of residents of Cook County.
Local Action, National Impact: A Guide To Affirmative Litigation draws from the pioneering partnership between the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and Yale Law School, as well as from successful case studies across the country on issues like fair housing, predatory lending, and LGBT rights. The guide offers a roadmap and concrete tips for local governments that want to pursue this kind of work by starting or building an affirmative litigation practice.
We are thrilled to announce that the application for the 2019-2021 cohort of the Public Rights Project Fellowship is now live !
"In addition to access to affordable credit for home ownership, amici are concerned that the panel's interpretation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act will impact access to employment, rental housing and more. Inaccurate credit reports and background checks may wrongfully prevent residents--including some of City amici's most at-risk residents, such as low-income and formerly incarcerated individuals--from obtaining affordable rental housing or employment."
“I am excited to bring my experience in litigation, policy and politics to support PRP’s work! I believe that cities and states—as the units of government closest to the needs of their residents—have a unique opportunity to ensure that the laws are enforced to protect our most vulnerable communities, especially now.”
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