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A fair and thriving marketplace demands that consumer’s rights be respected and protected. With an emphasis on representing consumers in the legislature and in the courts, VPLC is focused on those consumer issues that most impact low-income Virginians.
VPLC tracks the progress of consumer-related legislation through the General Assembly, consults with case handlers about the possible impact of proposed legislation, and provides input to committees and individual legislators and other advocacy groups on how a particular bill may affect low-income clients. The staff of VPLC issues reports on the outcome of the legislative session every year in its legislative reviews.
VPLC conducts annual training workshops focused on consumer-related issues for attorneys that are new to the legal aid network, and for attorneys in private law firms who do pro bono work for legal aid clients. The Center also conducts an annual conference for legal aid attorneys and others who serve our clients.
VPLC also reaches out to those dealing with consumer issues through outreach, education and training. The Center partners with credit unions and credit counseling agencies to provide information and training to many diverse groups including low-income men and women, the elderly and youth in foster care on financial literacy and developing strong financial practices such as learning how to save and to avoid predatory loans.
For assistance, call the local legal aid office that serves your area or call 1-866-534-5243 to be connected with your local legal aid office. As a statewide support organization for local legal aid programs and their staff, we do not generally handle individual cases except when asked to act as co-counsel with a legal aid attorney. On a case-by-case basis, however, VPLC may be available to provide direct legal representation in matters involving complicated or innovative legal issues.
- RVA Consumer Protection Blog
- National Consumer Law Center
- Consumer Action
- Center for Responsible Lending
- Virginia Partnership to Encourage Responsible Lending (VaPERL Coalition)
- NCLC Press Release on Supreme Court decision on Michigan v. Bay Millls Indian Community
- Blue Ridge Legal Services 2011 Powerpoint presentation on Debtors’s Rights