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Frank White

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia
  • Sponsored by Anonymous
  • Service location Hampton, Virginia
  • Law school University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Issue area Consumer Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Studies show that car ownership is linked to several indicators of well-being, such as household income and job security. In Hampton Roads, the 37th largest metropolitan area in the United States, only two percent of jobs are accessible via public transit within 30 minutes, and five percent within 60 minutes. The lack of public transit in the region makes a car a necessity, but many consumers in Hampton Roads are forced to deal with predatory lenders when trying to purchase a car. Frank’s project aimed to protect poor and low-income car buyers from these unfair practices in the marketplace.

Fellowship Highlights

During his Fellowship, Frank protected more than $230,000 in assets on behalf of low-income car buyers and owners. He obtained injunctive relief on behalf of car owners to stop the sale of their cars at auto auctions based on fraudulent mechanic’s liens. Additionally, Frank attended more than 20 workshops and community events to educate consumers on their rights and responsibilities under consumer protection statutes, and he advised more than 150 low-income consumers on deceptive car sales and predatory car loans.

What’s Next

Following his Fellowship, Frank stayed on with the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia as a Staff Attorney. He continues to host monthly workshops with local partners to educate the public on consumer rights.

Media

Penn Law Alumnus Frank White Uses Fellowship to Combat Predatory Lending

One thing that really stuck out to me was the fact that this work is at the intersection of civil rights and consumer rights.

Frank White /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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