The High Cost of Foreclosure

Thursday, October 08, 2009

It's no secret that more low-income American families than ever before are facing foreclosure. But there's a new problem that is making it even tougher for those families to navigate housing court: a national shortage of free legal aid attorneys to represent them. Melanca Clark is an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice, which published a report yesterday called "Foreclosures: A Crisis in Legal Representation." The report discusses the challenges facing homeowners trying to navigate the lending system without legal representation. We also talk to Atlanta legal aid attorney Sarah Bolling about having to turn away clients.




Sarah Bolling and Melanca Clark

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson


Noel King

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Barbara Ann Jackson

Parallels to the report entitled, “Foreclosures: A Crisis in Legal Representation” by the Brennan Center for Justice


The Brennan Center for Justice October 2009 report entitled, “Foreclosures: A Crisis in Legal Representation” points out things some people never consider: When a person lacks knowledge, particularly of Consumer Law, he or she is not likely to recognize an actionable claim concerning a mortgage debt or any other type of debt which requires a judicial ruling. Owing
a debt does not justify denial of Due Process, nor erroneous or fraudulent pleadings filed in courtrooms, nor any other Unconstitutional violation of people. Lack of financial means to pay for a lawyer obstructs access to justice; and too often judges are biased against the financially unfortunate, and tend to rule favorably for the. . .SEE ENTIRE ARTICLE @

Oct. 11 2009 10:02 AM

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