Claudia Wilner | Driving While Poor
Claudia Wilner, a Senior Attorney at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, leads NCLEJ’s work combating unlawful civil and criminal justice debt collection practices. Wilner is counsel to the class in Thomas v. Haslam and Robinson v. Purkey, which have led to the restoration of driving privileges to tens of thousands of low-income Tennesseans.
Prior to joining NCLEJ, Claudia worked at New Economy Project where she brought impact litigation against financial institutions, launched and supervised the NYC Financial Justice Hotline, and partnered with low-income New Yorkers and community groups to fight discriminatory economic practices and press for sound community development. Previously, she was a Skadden Fellow at the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center and a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Wilner graduated from New York University School of Law in 2002, where she was a Root Tilden Kern Scholar. She has received the Legal Services Award from the New York City Bar Association, the Rising Star Award from the Partners Council of the National Consumer Law Center, and the National Association of Consumer Advocates’ Consumer Advocate Award, and she was a finalist for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award.