Meredith Desautels and Theresa Zhen Discuss License Suspensions

Former Skadden Fellow Meredith Desautels ('10) and Skadden Fellow Theresa Zhen spoke to The Los Angeles Times about a report to which their organizations contributed on how traffic court fines, which have led to driver's license suspensions, are "pushing many low-income people deeper into poverty" ("Driver's License Suspensions Push Poor Deeper Into Poverty, Report Says," April 8). Though the threat of license suspensions is meant to force violators to pay fines, uncollected court-ordered debt continues to grow. "It doesn't work," Meredith said. Theresa commented on Los Angeles County's lack of programs such as one in San Francisco that allows a driver who needs his or her license for work to petition the court for its return.