NCLEJ has a strong and storied history of utilizing impact litigation to enforce the rule of law, protect entitlement to a wide range of public benefits, and further justice.
- We use litigation in collaboration with low-income organizers and other advocates to ensure that low-wage workers’ rights are secure, people with disabilities have access to programs and services as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and low-income housing is free of disease-causing mold. We have also successfully litigated to stop fraudulent debt collection practices that target low-income people.
- Litigation promotes the accountability of both government agencies and private actors, helps focus broader public attention on the injustices imposed on low-income people, reveals structural inequities, and can be an important part of broader campaigns to achieve economic justice.
- Our program involves leading or co-counseling impact litigation across the country with or at the request of local advocates. We marshal the participation of local or national public interest programs and the private bar where appropriate. We also educate and support colleagues across the country engaged in similar advocacy.