WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2022 – Carla Sanchez-Adams, staff attorney with the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), was appointed to the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in August.
Founded in 1994, the group’s mission is to mobilize the legal profession to provide access to justice and safety for victims of domestic and sexual violence, while also addressing the acute need to increase the number of attorneys providing representation to victims.
Sanchez-Adams focuses on emerging issues in banking and payment systems, fintech and high-cost lending. She is a contributor to NCLC’s “Consumer Banking and Payments Law” treatise. She provides expertise and technical assistance to lawyers assisting low-income consumers, as well as regulatory and government agencies. Sanchez-Adams authored several articles and guides for working with victims of coerced debt and was one of the founding partners of the Texas Coalition on Coerced Debt.
Before joining NCLC, Sanchez-Adams was a managing attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA), assisting low-income Texans on issues related to debt collection, credit reporting, auto fraud, debt management and other consumer-related disputes. She led a team of advocates who utilized a holistic approach to achieving economic security for crime victims, including survivors of family violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
Sanchez-Adams is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Consumer and Commercial Law and is on the board of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). She also serves on the Texas State Bar Consumer and Commercial Law Section’s Council. She received her bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from New York University and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.