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:

Professor Judith Fox, front center, with clinic students in the spring 2019 semester.

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

News from the Economic Justice Clinic

Tenants at South Bend apartment complex look for answers as rate hike looms — August 30, 2019

Community leaders step up to help residents at Western Manor Apartments — August 30, 2019

Tenants of apartments where rent is being raised over $200 finally getting some answers — August 29, 2019

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