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Alison Ponder

2011, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Alison Ponder

Alison Ponder

City, State: San Francisco, California
Issue area: Consumer Rights

The Project

My project provides legal assistance to low-income individuals who are struggling with debt and/or facing collection lawsuits brought by creditors or third-party debt buyers. It is frequently consumer debts – often medical debt, student loan debt or credit card debt used to pay for basic living expenses– that pulls people from the lower working class into the spiral of poverty. I run a biweekly Consumer Debt Defense and Education Clinic to provide counsel and advice to low income San Franciscans dealing with a variety of consumer matters. I also recruit and train volunteer attorneys to represent clients in debt collection litigation.


Law school:

Words to live by:

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” --Albert Einstein