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Social Justice Monday: Debt Collection & Its Impact on Seattle’s Homelessness Crisis

Monday, Mar 4, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM PST
Room C5Map Location
This event does not require an RSVP.

The Access to Justice Institute presents

 Debt Collection & Its Impact on Seattle’s Homelessness Crisis

Monday, March 4, 2019

Noon – 12:50 p.m.

Sullivan Hall, Room C5

Soup Lunch Provided 

Join Sam Leonard ‘13, Amanda Martin ’15 and Xochitl Maykovich to hear about how debt collection and credit reporting of landlord/tenant debts are contributing to Seattle’s homelessness crisis. Learn how advocates are using consumer protection statutes such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to fight back against unfair collection tactics and help families obtain new housing.

Sam Leonard '13 is the owner of Leonard Law, a practice that focuses on consumer protection, bankruptcy law, foreclosure prevention, debt collection defense, general litigation, consumer law, and class actions. His consumer advocacy also includes finding solutions to the student loan debt crisis. Sam volunteers his time to help traditionally underrepresented communities navigate the legal system. In law school, Sam was president of the Public Interest Law Foundation, and participated in the Civil Rights Amicus Clinic. Since 2008, he has volunteered his time with the King County Bar Association's Neighborhood Legal Clinics. He also volunteers at Northwest Justice Project's free debt clinic. He has also lobbied Washington State's Congress on issues such as wage theft, increasing the minimum wage, and protecting worker compensation. Sam serves on the Northwest Consumer Law Center’s Board of Directors.

Amanda Martin '15 is the Executive Director of the Northwest Consumer Law Center. She represents low and moderate income clients in a variety of consumer law issues including debt collection defense and foreclosure prevention. She graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her article Litigating Consumer Protection Acts in the HAMP Context is published in the Seattle University Law Review. She currently volunteers at Northwest Justice Project’s Debt Collection Defense Clinic and is a presenter for the KCBA’s Make Change! Program.

Xochitl Maykovich is the Political Director for Washington CAN! where she manages three community organizers and advocates for racial, social, economic, and gender justice issues. She has worked on a variety of issues, such as campaigns to reform the charity care process at a regional hospital chain and prison sentencing reform efforts on the state level. She primarily works on housing issues and has pushed local and state level legislation to address move-in costs, evictions, and rent regulation. She serves on the board of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action and NARAL Pro-Choice Washignton. Prior to her work for Washington CAN!, she worked as a legal assistant for a law firm representing union railroaders and served in AmeriCorps at Federal Way High School, supporting students of color overcome economic and societal barriers. Xochitl graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Peace, War, & Defense and a BA in Political Science.

Social Justice Monday is an organized, weekly series hosted by the Access to Justice Institute in partnership with students, student organizations, and other departments across the law school. If you are interested in organizing a Social Justice Monday for the 2019-2020 academic year, please contact Abby Goldy at