Economic Justice Clinic

Director: Judith Fox

The Economic Justice Clinic provides free legal services to low-income clients in consumer law matters.

Notre Dame Law students, under the supervision of the clinical faculty, represent clients in cases involving mortgage foreclosures, fraud, predatory lending, land contract scams, foreclosure rescue scams, and debt collection. Additionally, the clinic works with local community agencies to provide consumer education to targeted populations.

While the Economic Justice Clinic accepts cases in a broad range of consumer matters, it gives priority to the following issues:

Predatory lending:

  • homeowners in danger of losing their home due to predatory lending practices
  • individuals, especially those from vulnerable populations, who have become victims of predatory payday lending practices
  • individuals targeted for predatory lending practices due to their race, sex, national origin, age, or disability



Fraud and misrepresentation:

  • homeowners, especially those from vulnerable populations, who have become the victims of fraudulent practices of home contractors or repairs
  • victims of foreclosure rescue scams

Debt collection:

  • victims of abusive debt collection practices
  • victims of illegal garnishments

The Economic Justice Clinic takes cases through referral from area agencies and courts along with direct intake via the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center's intake line. Please call 574-631-6704 to find out if the Economic Justice Clinic is currently accepting cases.

News from the Economic Justice Clinic

Professor Judith Fox featured in 'Fighting for Fair Housing' video – September 7, 2018

South Bend woman reclaims home, thanks to ND Law student – August 8, 2018

'Battle not yet won': Marking the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act – March 27, 2018