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By Jill Habig & Rep. Katie Porter (CA-45) — 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.


Originally published on 23 August 2019 on USA Today

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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. 


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.”