Alison Ponder

  • Hosted by Volunteer Legal Services Program of the SF Bar
  • Service location San Francisco
  • Law school University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Issue area Consumer Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2011
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

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.

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