WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning, the Alliance for Responsible Consumer Legal Funding (ARC) announced new additions to its advisory council: Reverend Charles Atkins, Jr., Professor Terrence Cain, and Becki Gray. These three individuals bring a diverse set of backgrounds in social justice and free market ideals to the council, but all share a passion for advocating on behalf of programs and regulations that provide consumers with more choices.
Legal funding helps families and gives them a choice to replace lost income now—when they need it most—not years after they've been injured in an accident.
New ARC advisory council members include:
- Reverend Charles Atkins, Jr. is a community leader and social justice advocate in the New York metropolitan area, and serves as the pastor for the French-speaking congregation at the French Evangelical Church of New York. Atkins is dedicated to serving urban communities through advocating for access to justice. His interest in consumer legal funding stems from his commitment to providing counsel and developing programs to help individuals in need.
"The process is set up so that people can't get what they deserve—what is fair," Reverend Atkins said. "Legal funding gives people an option and improves equity in the system."
- Professor Terrence Cain is a legal scholar at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has taught classes on employment discrimination and civil liberties over the last decade, and is a published scholar on the topic of legal funding. He maintains a private practice where he specializes in criminal defense, employment discrimination and domestic relations.
"Legal funding serves the dual purposes of creating a culture in which justice is more readily accessible and does so while maximizing the efficiency of the litigation process," said Professor Cain.
- Becki Gray is a public policy leader who currently serves as the Vice President of Outreach for the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, NC. In this role, she works closely with elected officials and government staff on public policy. Her background in lobbying and in the legal field have made her a go-to expert for commentary on legislative issues.
"There is a market for consumer legal funding because there is a need," said Gray. "We need to let the free-market work."
About Consumer Legal Funding
When people are injured because of the actions of other parties, their economic losses are often compounded by the long wait for insurance companies to resolve cases. As a result, cash-strapped consumers are frequently forced to accept whatever amount the insurance company is offering, even if it is far below the fair value.
Consumer legal funding helps people who have suffered an economic loss and have a pending legal claim by providing money to pay for immediate personal needs such as rent, mortgages, car repairs, utilities and groceries, while they wait for their legal claim to settle fairly.
Consumer legal funding is a bridge to a fair settlement. In the last decade alone, hundreds of thousands of consumers have benefited from consumer legal funding. For everyday Americans who have been hurt and have little emergency savings, consumer legal funding is a lifeline.
The Alliance for Responsible Consumer Legal Funding (ARC) is a coalition established to promote practices and regulations that lead to informed decisions between individuals and their attorneys. Coalition members include legal funding providers, academics, community activists, public policy experts, and consumers who believe that families should have more options—not fewer—when they've been in an accident.
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