Ariel Nelson is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center focusing on criminal justice debt and credit and background check reporting issues. She is a co-author of Commercialized (In)Justice Litigation Guide: Applying Consumer Laws to Commercial Bail, Prison Retail, and Private Debt Collection and The High Cost of a Fresh Start: A State-by-State Analysis of Court Debt as a Bar to Record Clearing. She is also a contributing author to NCLC’s Collection Actions and Fair Credit Reporting. Previously, Ariel litigated administrative and environmental law cases as a staff attorney/clinical teaching fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge David O. Carter of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and to the Honorable Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.