During her fellowship, Rebecca gained substantive experience in multiple practice areas, including consumer protection, employment, False Claims Act, Freedom of Information Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation. In addition to assisting with client engagement, case development, and discovery, Rebecca drafted (and received meaningful feedback on) a wide variety of motions and briefs, including complaints, motions for class certification, motions for reconsideration, motions to compel, and oppositions to motions for summary judgment and motions to dismiss. Among other projects, Rebecca had the opportunity to work on a case challenging President Trump’s third travel ban, as well as multiple cases involving harmful practices by mortgage servicers, banks, and payday lenders. With the encouragement and guidance of Tycko & Zavareei attorneys, she also originated cases against a cosmetics company for marketing a dangerous product containing undisclosed drug ingredients; a kitchen appliances manufacturer for selling defective countertop ovens; and a big bank for repeatedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
For her non-profit placement, Rebecca spend three months at Tzedek D.C., a legal services organization focused primarily on safeguarding the rights of low-income D.C. residents facing crises related to debt collection and other consumer protection problems. While at Tzedek D.C., Rebecca provided direct legal services to clients in D.C. Small Claims Court. She also researched and drafted memoranda regarding D.C.’s so-called “Clean Hands” law, which prevents people with more that $100 in outstanding debt to the D.C. government from receiving a license or permit, regardless of ability to pay.
The attorneys at Tycko & Zavareei provided Rebecca with invaluable mentorship and training, which she will carry forward with her into her position as an Honors Attorney at the U.S. Department of Labor.