Ariel Nelson is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center focusing on credit reporting, tenant and background screening, and criminal justice debt issues. She is a co-author of NCLC’s Fair Credit Reporting treatise and a contributing author of Collection Actions. 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 holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, California, and the District of Columbia.