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Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice: Consumer Debt in NY, #10 Years After

  • 12 Jun 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fordham Law School

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Consumer Debt in NY, #10YearsAfter:

Crisis, Progress, and the Work Ahead 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Reception to follow

Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street, Costantino Room

                               

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
F. Paul Bland, Jr.

Executive Director

Public Justice

Topics*

Plenary Panel - Framing and Retrospective on Consumer Debt in NY

Plenary Panel - The New York City Civil Court Experience

Breakout Sessions

  • Auto Loans
  • Broken Lease Cases & Tenant Screening
  • Debt Collection Issues
  • Debt Relief / Debt Settlement
  • Economic Abuse & Domestic Violence Survivors
  • Immigrant Rights & Consumer Debt Issues
  • Medical Debt
  • Student Loans
  • Technology and Access to Justice in Consumer Credit Actions

Plenary Panel - Looking Forward:  Civil Court Practice, Consumer Debt Collection, and Reform

*Program in development

                               

There is no registration fee for this Conference.

There will be no CLE credit offered.


About the Conference

Ten years ago, on June 19, 2008, the NYC Consumer Debt Working Conference:  A Blueprint for Reform was held at Fordham Law School.  That program turned the spotlight on the crisis that had engulfed low-income communities and overwhelmed NYC Civil Court--an explosion in consumer debt collection, including an unprecendented increase in debt collection lawsuits.  The conference educated a broad array of stakeholders on the systemic problems and inequities at the time.

This Conference will examine the numerous reforms and successes in the field since 2008, and also consider the challenges that remain.  Consumer credit filings are on the rise again, after many years of decline.  Abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection victimizes thousands of New Yorkers every year.  Nearly nine in ten defendants are unrepresented in debt collection law suits.  Subprime credit card lending and other predatory practices continue to strip equity from low-income households. 

Now, ten years later, this Conference will explore opportunities for advancing access to justice and improving the administration of justice in connection with debt collection lawsuits.  We invite New York advocates, community organizers, funders, legal and other service providers, policymakers, and others in government and the courts to join us.   Conference participants will identify reforms and pragmatic strategies to strengthen consumer protection in breakout sessions.

Conference Organizers and Co-Sponsors

District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services / Fordham Law School Clinical Education Programs / Fordham Law School Feerick Center for Social Justice / Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project / CAMBA Legal Services, Inc. / Community Development Project at Urban Justice Center / The Legal Aid Society / Mobilization for Justice / New Economy Project / New York County Lawyers' Association Justice Center / New York Legal Assistance Group / Queens Volunteer Lawyers' Project / St. John's University School of Law 

                               

Conference Organizers and Co-Sponsors

District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services / Fordham Law School Clinical Education Programs / Fordham Law School Feerick Center for Social Justice / Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project / CAMBA Legal Services, Inc. / Community Development Project at Urban Justice Center / The Legal Aid Society / Mobilization for Justice / National Center for Law and Economic Justice / New Economy Project / New York County Lawyers' Association Justice Center / New York Legal Assistance Group / Queens Volunteer Lawyers' Project / St. John's University School of Law

Additional Co-Sponsors

A2J Initiative at Fordham Law School / National Center for Access to Justice / Stein Center for Law and Ethics

Please forward widely.

For more information, please contact Dora Galacatos at Galacatos@fordham.edu.

law.fordham.edu

 

 

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