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Anna-Elisa Mackowiak

2010, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Anna-Elisa Mackowiak

Anna-Elisa Mackowiak

Name of Host Organization: Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.
City, State: Atlanta, Georgia
Issue area: Consumer Rights, Housing/Homelessness,

The Project

The Home Defense Program (HDP) provides advice, referrals and legal representation to low and moderate income homeowners victimized by home equity scams, including predatory mortgage lending practices. HDP saves clients' homes by negotiating cancellations of mortgage loans; restructuring of mortgage loans with substantially lower balances, interest rates and monthly payments; and short payoffs of mortgage loans with reverse mortgages for senior homeowners.

Biography

Hometown:

Lyon, France,

Law school:

Making the connection:

I did not truly make the connection between my legal education and how I could play a role in social justice until very recently. I felt it was time for me to give back to the community in some way. The struggle was finding time to give back and also meet the demands of a busy law practice. That's when I realized that using my law degree to promote social justice was the answer. I have no idea why it took me so long to make that very simple connection. All I know is that I am glad I finally have.