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Voices From The Corporate Enforcement Gap: Findings from the first national survey of people who have experienced corporate abuse

By Public Rights Project/David Binder Research — A national study commissioned by Public Rights Project reveals a massive enforcement gap in corporate abuse with 54% of those surveyed saying they have experienced wage theft, predatory lending and debt collection, corporate pollution, and/or unsafe rental conditions at least once in the past 10 years. 

PUBLIC RIGHTS PROJECT BRINGS & partners filed amicus brief in to support of local governments’ ability to combat affordable housing crisis in the age of the internet

By Public Rights Project et al — “ [Amici’s] interest in this matter extends beyond housing to the myriad aspects of local life that now take place online. Each recognizes that, to govern effectively and represent the interests of its constituents, it must be able to regulate commercial conduct—whether it takes place in a brick and mortar storefront or online. Indeed, as commercial transactions increasingly take place online, the need to regulate online companies has only increased.”


Filed on 11 July 2019


By Public Rights Project, Freedom For All Americans et al — “Amici have seen firsthand the benefits to the entire community when the full scope of sex-based discrimination is prohibited…Their experiences have shown that implementing such measures presents no serious difficulties. To the contrary, in amici’s experience, such laws and policies strengthen the entire community.”


Filed on 03 July 2019


By Jill Habig & Joanna Pearl — “While cases against the Trump Administration like the census matter rightly grab headlines, the next step is for government to expand beyond reacting to the federal government and use their proactive authority to enforce their residents’ legal rights.”


Originally published on 18 April 2019 on Take Care.

LOCAL ACTION, NATIONAL IMPACT: A Practical Guide To Affirmative Litigation For Local Governments

By Justice Catalyst, Public Rights Project, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, & Yale Law School’s San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project

“We believe cities and counties can do more. And we join the growing chorus of scholars and advocates encouraging city, county, and district attorney’s offices to embrace a broader sense of mission: as not only the attorney for the city or county as an institution, but also as the attorney representing the interests of its residents.”


Published on 17 April 2019.

OP-ED: ruling a victory in battle for affordable housing

By Jill Habig

“The Ninth Circuit recently upheld a Santa Monica ordinance regulating short-term rental companies. This ruling is a victory not just for Santa Monica, but for cities and localities across the country attempting to combat affordable housing crisis and to make policy decisions that benefit their communities in the age of the internet.”


Published on 21 March 2019 on The Daily Journal.

cities as engines of justice

By Jill Habig & Joanna Pearl — “Having laws on the books provides a deterrent against illegal behavior. But, prohibitions only go so far. Civil law enforcement is essential if our policies are to be a reality for the communities they protect. If the laws passed by our elected representatives are legitimate, we should view enforcement as a necessary corollary to legislative policymaking to ensure compliance with those laws. Indeed, when our laws go unenforced, our democracy cannot function properly.”


Published on December 2018 on the Fordham Law Urban Journal: Volume 45, Book 5 “Reimagining Localism (Symposium).”

a new vision for public safety: realigning prosecutorial priorities to fight for residents’ rights

By Jill Habig & Jenny Montoya Tansey — “As a wave of reform-minded prosecutors take office, there is a critical opportunity to leverage this national moment and move beyond reducing aggressive criminal prosecution within vulnerable communities to articulate a bold, proactive vision for prosecutors as protectors of the communities they represent.”


Published in the Fall 2018 edition of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice magazine.”