Column (District of Columbia)
December 22, 2017
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Tzedek DC, Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
I thought of that as I listened to Ariel Levinson-Waldman, the founder of Tzedek DC, describe the problems of low-income District of Columbia residents who face debt collections. Our legal system is so complex and intimidating that non-lawyers almost never prevail representing themselves. If you are charged with a crime and cannot afford to hire a lawyer, the state provides one for you. But in civil matters like debt collection, the poor get only very limited assistance from the Legal Services Corporation.