Yolanda D. McGill is senior counsel for the Fair Housing and Fair Lending Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law where she manages the substantive portion of the Lawyers' Committee's work with respect to the Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network, coordinates overall management of the program with the Legal Mobilization Project and assists in the direction of the Lawyers' Committee's engagement with federal, state and local authorities and stakeholders with respect to mortgage scams and related issues. Ms. McGill grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina but journeyed to New York University to pursue a journalism degree. Ultimately, she earned a B.A. in German instead. Shortly thereafter, she was admitted as a Clarence Darrow Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School where she earned a J.D. in 1999. Ms. McGill entered into practice with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, D.C., where she was an associate in the firm's corporate bankruptcy / financial restructuring section. Ms. McGill then left D.C. for Berlin, Germany, upon her selection as a Bosch Fellow, where she advised Deutsche Bank staff and turnaround consultants on corporate reorganizations, workouts and bankruptcy practice under U.S. law.In 2003 Ms. McGill returned to North Carolina as policy counsel, then senior policy counsel, with the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), an affiliate of Self-Help Credit Union. There she focused on eliminating the predatory aspects of small consumer credit products generally, including payday lending, refund anticipation loans and credit cards. Her work with CRL included legal and industry research, bill drafting and analysis, lobbying and outreach. Ms. McGill returned to Berlin in 2007 to work with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, but was ultimately drawn back to the States where she organized McGillLaw, consulting with small and mid-size businesses on agreements and transactions, as well as identifying solutions for organizational and board development issues. She continues to lend her expertise to small business development, supporting the nonprofit Raleigh Public Record as a board member and its first general counsel. Ms. McGill is a member of the bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia and North Carolina.
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