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Leslie Bailey

Public Justice
Senior Attorney, Debtors’ Prison Project Director
San Francisco, CA
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 in 2004, Leslie has briefed, argued, and won numerous appeals in courts across the country and has testified in both houses of Congress. She is currently counsel in a family of cases in federal court against for-profit probation company Judicial Correction Services. Leslie was a member of the trial team in Hankin v. City of Seattle, in which a jury found Seattle violated the Fourth Amendment rights of 200 peaceful protesters; the case then settled for $1 million and significant injunctive relief. She received her J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law.