Michigan attorneys' work to be featured on PBS program

Michigan-based consumer advocates are featured alongside attorneys with the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) in the upcoming season of “Visionaries,” the award-winning public-television series hosted by acclaimed actor Sam Waterston.

Episode 11 of the series’ 23rd season, now available to local Public Broadcasting Stations, profiles Michigan-based attorneys Lorray Brown with the Michigan Poverty Law Project; Marilyn Mullane with Michigan Legal Services; and Joon H. Sung with Lakeshore Legal Aid as they work alongside attorneys at the National Consumer Law Center to protect low-income families from wrongful eviction and foreclosure. The clients featured in the
episode are emblematic of a larger American story of insecure housing; of Davids taking on corporate Goliaths; and of the principle that equal justice under the law is a fundamental right of all citizens.

“I do consumer protection work because it’s in my DNA,” said Lorray Brown, co-managing attorney at the Michigan Poverty Law Program. “With the NCLC and our local legal aid partners, we’re able to take the fight to the big banks and corporations and win--saving countless client’s homes.”

“MPLP and the NCLC have been invaluable assets for the foreclosure work that we do in field offices in Michigan,” said Marilyn Mullane, executive director of Michigan Legal Services. “Their expertise on complex consumer matters, quick and responsive research as needed, and training support on emerging issues for our state-wide network of foreclosure lawyers contributes to many successful outcomes, not otherwise possible given the overwhelming demand for these services.”

“The documentary captures the heart and soul of advocates in the trenches fighting against massive odds to keep at-risk families in their homes, and it embodies our vision of a nation in which everyone benefits from economic fairness, security, and justice,” said Richard Dubois, executive director of the National Consumer Law Center.

 “Visionaries” latest season takes viewers around the world to experience the lives of extraordinary people tackling some of humanity’s toughest challenges. The producers chose to highlight Michigan-based advocates fighting alongside state and national partners to advance consumer justice and achieve economic security for vulnerable families.