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Friday, December 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Combatting Inequitable and Unconstitutional Imposition and Enforcement of Court Fines and Fees: Advocacy Opportunities for LSC-Funded Programs

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Municipal courts throughout the country are routinely imposing excessive court fees and fines on residents who are unable to pay – people living at or near the poverty level, low wage earners, and people with fixed income, such as people with disabilities receiving Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI). Many of these practices disproportionately affect African Americans and other people of color. The consequences of the practices used to collect fees and fines are dire and create a downward spiral for individuals and families who become further impoverished when they are unable to pay. Failure to pay is sanctioned by increasing fees and fines or incarceration resulting in the loss of critically needed employment and housing. Legal aid programs have an important role to play in combating these practices and mitigating their impact. Join us for this workshop to learn how programs funded by LSC, consistent with LSC regulatory restrictions, have been effectively advocating for people living at or near the poverty level affected by the unfair imposition of fines and fees.

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Jefferson Coulter

Statewide Advocacy Counsel, Northwest Justice Project
Jefferson Coulter is a statewide advocacy counsel at the Northwest Justice Project, overseeing consumer, employment, and reentry advocacy. He has extensive affirmative litigation experience in federal and superior courts and co-counsels on systemic cases, mentors and trains new advocates... Read More →

Alex Kornya

Litigation Director / General Counsel, Iowa Legal Aid

Robin Murphy

Executive Director, Disability Rights Maryland

Friday December 8, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Mt. Vernon Square B Meeting Room Level