Former Fellows Help Secure Order Curbing Abusive Court Fees

Former Fellows Clare Pastore (’89), Michael Kaufman (’08), Jordana Mosten (’12) and Elizabeth Hadaway (’16) helped secure a ruling by California’s Second District Court of Appeal striking down court fees that do not consider a defendant’s ability to pay. The case has received widespread media attention, including in the Los Angeles Times (“A ‘Justice’ System That Frees the Monied and Locks Up the Poor Isn’t Worthy of the Name,” Jan. 22). “These fees have no rehabilitative value and serve no punitive purpose,” the story said. “They’re just the way the state pays for some things.”