Credit, Debt, and Foreclosure - Consumer Law Basics - ALL FOUR WEBINARS

Event Start:
03/05/2024 2:00 PM
Event End:
03/05/2024 4:00 PM

Dates & Times:
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 2 pm – 4 pm ET

Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 2 pm – 4 pm ET
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 2 pm – 4 pm ET
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 2 pm – 4 pm ET

Webinar Fee: This “online only” series is free of charge for all.


This free, four-part consumer debt program provides the knowledge attorneys need to assist low-to-moderate-income clients.

This program is cosponsored by the National Consumer Law Center and the Social Law Library; and is funded by the Social Law Library’s Endowment to Promote Understanding of Consumer Issues.


Fair Credit Reporting Act and Tenant Screening

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
2 pm – 4 pm ET

Fadi Assaf, Esq., Northwest Justice Project  
Lauren Brennan, Esq., Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C.
Ariel Nelson, Esq., National Consumer Law Center

This webinar will provide an overview of the basics of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Given the intense focus on tenant screening now, the session will be taught through the lens of tenant screening reports. 


Debt Defense/ Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
2 pm – 4 pm ET

Grace Brockmeyer, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers Project
April Kuehnhoff, Esq., National Consumer Law Center
Matt Brooks, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services

This webinar will first provide an overview of debt defense practices including lawyer-of-the-day programs in Massachusetts. We will then introduce the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act with a focus on coverage, violations, and damages. We will also hear stories from the field of how the FDCPA has been used to help clients facing overwhelming debt.


Medical Debt and Coerced Debt

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
2 pm – 3 pm ET (medical)

Berneta Haynes, Esq., National Consumer Law Center
Kathryn Koch, Esq., Health Law Advocates
Carla Sanchez Adams, Esq., National Consumer Law Center.

Medical debt collection tactics can be aggressive and may include wage garnishment, bank account seizure, liens on property, and even civil arrest warrants. The first hour of this webinar will cover state and federal level protections and discuss ways to pursue strategies for helping clients address overwhelming medical debt collections.

3 pm – 4 pm ET (coerced)

Kristen Bor-Zale, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services

The second hour will focus on how to identify and begin to help clients facing Coerced Debt: debt that an abusive partner has taken out in the name of a survivor without their knowledge, or because the abusive partner used threats or force to make them take out the debt.


Foreclosure Defense/Mortgage Servicing Claims

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
2 pm – 4 pm ET

Joy Sun, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services
Steve Sharpe, Esq., National Consumer Law Center.

This webinar will provide an overview of the foreclosure process in MA and basic strategies to defend foreclosures. We will also review the mortgage market including the different types of mortgages and investors, parties involved in mortgages, and steps you can take to help clients who fall behind on their mortgages.


Online registration is encouraged. For assistance, questions on group discounts, accommodations requests, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general contact CLE Coordinator, Michael Saporito by email at Registrations accepted in order of receipt. Registration fees are non-refundable. Most Social Law Library CLE events are recorded and recordings are sent to all who are registered. The recording is available by digital download, generally within a week after the program date. CLE credit, when applicable, is only granted when 80 % of the live webinar is attended. 

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