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Fighting Foreclosure: Why Legal Assistance Matters

Published: October 11, 2011

In this multi-part video series, homeowners from around the country speak about the experience of going through foreclosure alone and the difference it makes to have legal assistance and counseling on their side. The series draws on perspectives across the foreclosure process, from the legal aid lawyer or advocate working to even the playing field between banks and homeowners, to the sheriff forced to evict families from foreclosed homes.

Fighting Foreclosure: Why Legal Assistance Matters is a project of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel. The series was produced by Sarah P. Reynolds. These videos have been produced for use in advocacy and public education efforts. Please contact Meghna Philip at to for more information. Also, read Foreclosures: A Crisis in Legal Representation and Facing Foreclosure Alone: The Continuing Crisis in Legal Representation to learn more.

Telling a National Story

Charles Guider’s Story, Chicago, IL

Bertina Jones’s Story, Bowie, MD


Israel and Christine Muniz’s Story, Cook County, IL

Louise Golden’s Story, Lanham, MD

Judge Annette Rizzo, Philadelphia, PA