Marie Claire Tran-Leung advocates on behalf of low-income people to reduce unfair criminal records barriers to affordable housing. In 2010, she was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship for a project to increase the use of the Fair Housing Act to challenge such barriers. She most recently authored When Discretion Means Denial: A National Perspective on Criminal Records in Federally Subsidized Housing. Her prior work has included expanding employment opportunities for people with criminal records and preserving subsidized housing. She earned her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School, where she was named a Public Interest Scholar and received a post-graduate fellowship.