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Friday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
A New Strategy: Using Consumer Laws to Protect Criminal Defendants from Debt Collection Abuses

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Cities and counties are increasingly teaming up with for-profit debt collectors to hound indigent criminal defendants for appointed counsel fees and other unpaid court debt. These debt collectors often threaten debtors with arrest and jail, fail to provide required disclosures, and commit other abuses – because they believe that when it comes to criminal justice debt, they are not bound by federal consumer protection laws. We think they are wrong, and we intend to prove it. The team behind the first-of-its-kind Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case against one of the country’s largest collectors of court debt will discuss its test case and how legal services advocates can use consumer laws to stop collection abuses.


Alex Kornya

Litigation Director / General Counsel, Iowa Legal Aid
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Leslie Bailey

Senior Attorney, Debtors’ Prison Project Director, Public Justice
Leslie Bailey is a senior attorney and the director of Public Justice’s Debtors’ Prison Project, a strategic litigation project using damages class actions, constitutional claims, and consumer protection laws to combat the criminalization of poverty. Since joining Public Justice... Read More →

Toby Marshall

Founding Member, Terrell Marshall Law Group
Toby J. Marshall is a founding member of Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC, where he represents plaintiffs in class actions, collective actions, and other complex litigation involving wage and hour, consumer protection, and civil rights issues. Toby has tried and won cases in state... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Brule B 5th Floor