NCLEJ has a long 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: to enforce the rights and safety for low-wage workers; ensure that people with disabilities have access to programs and services as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act; and ensure public housing is free of toxic 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 support colleagues across the country engaged in similar advocacy.
Claudia Wilner, Director of Litigation