Fearless Finances: Know Your Rights with Debt

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Fearless Finances: Know Your Rights with Debt

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, 1 p.m.

Are you in debt and need help responding to debt collectors? Do you know what credit is, how to build it up and how to check your credit report? Have you lost money to frauds or scams and need information on where to find help? 

Join us virtually on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. for a conversation with attorney Marissa Ditkowsky of Tzedek DC. Marissa leads Tzedek DC's Disabilities Community Project, which focuses on serving D.C. residents with disabilities who are facing debt and have lower incomes. As an attorney with muscular dystrophy, Marissa is uniquely positioned to understand client needs and challenges.  
Marissa will answer the questions above and many more. She will also discuss the role an attorney and free legal services like Tzedek DC play in helping D.C. residents with low incomes face the challenges of dealing with debt, figuring out how and where to get help, and growing and maintaining financial well-being.  
 



About Tzedek DC 
Tzedek DC is a non-profit organization headquartered at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Tzedek DC's mission is to protect the legal rights of low-income D.C. residents dealing with often unjust, abusive and illegal debt collection practices, as well as other consumer protection problems like credit reporting issues, identity theft and predatory lending. The consequences of negative court judgments in debt-related cases can be devastating for a family's well-being and stability. Drawing upon a central tenet of Jewish teachings—"Tzedek, tzedek tirdof," or "Justice, justice you shall pursue,"—Tzedek DC aims to level the playing field for D.C. residents with lower incomes who are in debt by making access to the civil justice system easier and more possible. By addressing debt-related legal issues before they become irreversible, catastrophic crises, Tzedek DC's work builds the overall stability and financial health of DC families. 

About Marissa Ditkowsky 
Marissa Ditkowsky is the 2019-2021 Gallogly Family Foundation Fellow at Tzedek DC. Marissa graduated magna cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law, where she served as the president of the American Constitution Society; the director of the Disability Law Society; the Student Bar Association Disabilities Liaison; and the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law Digital Media & Outreach Editor. She also served as a student attorney in the American University Washington College of Law's Disability Rights Law Clinic. At graduation, she received the T. Morton McDonald Scholarship Award for legal research. During law school, Marissa interned at the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, for former US EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, and at Outten & Golden. 

Before joining Tzedek DC, Marissa served as a litigation fellow at the AARP Foundation, where she assisted with legal research on cases involving age discrimination, reverse mortgages, nursing facilities, elder abuse, and other issues facing Americans ages fifty and older. Marissa's legal research on issues including disability rights, accommodations in higher education, reproductive justice, and workers' rights has been published in the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law; the National Lawyers Guild Review; and the UCLA Women's Law Journal. She is currently on the board of the American Constitution Society DC Lawyer Chapter and the National Disabled Law Students Association. She is also a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association. 
 
Register for the Fearless Finances webinar with Marissa Ditkowsky: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zlTwtyKfRWSuQD-2cEHBOg  
After registering, instructions on how to join the webinar will be emailed to you.

You can also join us via the DC Public Library Facebook page to watch live: www.facebook.com/dclibrary  
  
ASL (American Sign Language) interpreters and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be provided.  If you need other reasonable accommodation, contact the Center for Accessibility at DCPLaccess@dc.gov; 202-727-2142; or videophone 202-559-5368.  

Add to Calendar 27-01-2021 13:00:00 27-01-2021 14:00:00 Fearless Finances: Know Your Rights with Debt Are you in debt and need help responding to debt collectors? Do you know what credit is, how to build it up and how to check your credit report? Have you lost money to frauds or scams and need information on where to find help?  Join us virtually on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. for a conversation with attorney Marissa Ditkowsky of Tzedek DC. Marissa leads Tzedek DC's Disabilities Community Project, which focuses on serving D.C. residents with disabilities who are facing debt and have lower incomes. As an attorney with muscular dystrophy, Marissa is uniquely positioned to understand client needs and challenges.   Marissa will answer the questions above and many more. She will also discuss the role an attorney and free legal services like Tzedek DC play in helping D.C. residents with low incomes face the challenges of dealing with debt, figuring out how and where to get help, and growing and maintaining financial well-being.     About Tzedek DC  Tzedek DC is a non-profit organization headquartered at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Tzedek DC's mission is to protect the legal rights of low-income D.C. residents dealing with often unjust, abusive and illegal debt collection practices, as well as other consumer protection problems like credit reporting issues, identity theft and predatory lending. The consequences of negative court judgments in debt-related cases can be devastating for a family's well-being and stability. Drawing upon a central tenet of Jewish teachings—"Tzedek, tzedek tirdof," or "Justice, justice you shall pursue,"—Tzedek DC aims to level the playing field for D.C. residents with lower incomes who are in debt by making access to the civil justice system easier and more possible. By addressing debt-related legal issues before they become irreversible, catastrophic crises, Tzedek DC's work builds the overall stability and financial health of DC families.  About Marissa Ditkowsky  Marissa Ditkowsky is the 2019-2021 Gallogly Family Foundation Fellow at Tzedek DC. Marissa graduated magna cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law, where she served as the president of the American Constitution Society; the director of the Disability Law Society; the Student Bar Association Disabilities Liaison; and the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law Digital Media & Outreach Editor. She also served as a student attorney in the American University Washington College of Law's Disability Rights Law Clinic. At graduation, she received the T. Morton McDonald Scholarship Award for legal research. During law school, Marissa interned at the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, for former US EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, and at Outten & Golden.  Before joining Tzedek DC, Marissa served as a litigation fellow at the AARP Foundation, where she assisted with legal research on cases involving age discrimination, reverse mortgages, nursing facilities, elder abuse, and other issues facing Americans ages fifty and older. Marissa's legal research on issues including disability rights, accommodations in higher education, reproductive justice, and workers' rights has been published in the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law; the National Lawyers Guild Review; and the UCLA Women's Law Journal. She is currently on the board of the American Constitution Society DC Lawyer Chapter and the National Disabled Law Students Association. She is also a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association.    Register for the Fearless Finances webinar with Marissa Ditkowsky:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zlTwtyKfRWSuQD-2cEHBOg   After registering, instructions on how to join the webinar will be emailed to you. You can also join us via the DC Public Library Facebook page to watch live: www.facebook.com/dclibrary      ASL (American Sign Language) interpreters and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be provided.  If you need other reasonable accommodation, contact the Center for Accessibility at DCPLaccess@dc.gov; 202-727-2142; or videophone 202-559-5368.   false DD/MM/YYYY