Despite Legislation CPIL Helped Pass, Funeral Costs Still a Mystery

Despite Legislation CPIL Helped Pass, Funeral Costs Still a Mystery

SAN DIEGO (October 3, 2019) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) helped pass legislation eight years ago (SB 658 (McLeod) (Chapter 386, Statutes of 2011)), that required funeral homes to post their prices on their websites. A recent consumer group study shows that today only 45% of funeral homes prominently disclose their prices, while 28% made it difficult if not impossible to find.

According to  Ed Howard, former CPIL Senior Counsel, who was integral in getting SB 658 passed,  “[i]t’s infuriating because the study documents that current law is not being enforced and there is a segment of this industry that is using every resource at its disposal to make the lives of grieving people more miserable.”

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About Center for Public Interest Law

Founded in 1980, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) serves as an academic center of research and advocacy in regulatory and public interest law. CPIL focuses its efforts on the study of an extremely powerful, yet often overlooked, level of government: state regulatory agencies. Under the supervision of experienced public interest attorneys and advocates, CPIL law student interns study California agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades.

CPIL publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter, a unique legal journal that covers the activities and decisions of over 12 major California regulatory agencies.

In addition to its academic program, CPIL has an advocacy component. Center faculty, professional staff, and interns represent the interests of the unorganized and underrepresented in California’s legislature, courts, and regulatory agencies. CPIL attempts to make the regulatory functions of California government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state regulatory activity. The Center has been particularly active in reforming the state’s professional discipline systems for attorneys and physicians, and in advocating public interest reforms to the state’s open meetings and public records statutes.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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