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CFPB’s Proposed Debt Collection Rule: Briefing and Action Items

June 19th 2-3PM (ET) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published its Proposed Debt Collection Rule in the Federal Register and comments are due August 19. Join us on June 19, 20192:00-3:00PM (ET) for a Briefing and Strategy Session co-sponsored by the National Consumer Law Center and Americans for Financial Reform. We will discuss what [...]

CFPB’s Proposed Debt Collection Rule: Briefing and Action Items2019-06-17T09:18:28-05:00

Legal Services and Payday Loans: Help for Us, Help for You

  April 17, 2019 at 2:00-2:30PM (ET) Speakers: Lauren Saunders, Associate Director (National Consumer Law Center) Dana Wiggins, Director of Outreach and Financial Advocacy (Virginia Poverty Law Center) Join us for a quick, 30-minute webinar designed for legal services organizations on how you can help us defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) payday loan [...]

Legal Services and Payday Loans: Help for Us, Help for You2019-06-04T11:11:28-05:00

What the New Arbitration Rule Means for Litigating Against For-Profit Schools

January 29, 2019 While many for-profit schools previously tried to insulate themselves from lawsuits using forced arbitration clauses and class action bans, a rule that went into effect in October 2018 conditions school participation in the federal student loan program on agreement not to enforce these clauses against students with consumer claims. The Department has [...]

What the New Arbitration Rule Means for Litigating Against For-Profit Schools2019-05-29T13:54:23-05:00

Driving with Debt: What Attorneys and Organizers Can Do to Address the Problem of Driver’s License Suspensions for Court Debt

January 31, 2019 Most states suspend driver's licenses based on unpaid debts arising out of criminal proceedings or traffic tickets, and as a result millions of low-income people have lost their licenses simply because they cannot afford to pay fines and fees. This webinar will briefly address the harsh, perverse, and discriminatory impact of such [...]

Driving with Debt: What Attorneys and Organizers Can Do to Address the Problem of Driver’s License Suspensions for Court Debt2019-02-19T13:00:55-05:00

How California’s New Privacy Law Affects Everyone

December 13, 2018 A new California law that changes the way companies handle personal information could affect consumers nationwide. The law imposes some of the toughest privacy protections in the country, but the law stops short of tougher measures California was considering. The law, which takes effect in 2020, mandates a wide variety of new [...]

How California’s New Privacy Law Affects Everyone2019-02-19T13:02:41-05:00

Payday Loan Battles: Preparing Before the Fight Even Begins

October 2, 2018 As payday loans evolve, payday and other small-dollar lenders are pushing states to permit even more unaffordable high-cost loans that will plunge families into an even bigger and deeper debt trap. Advocates need to anticipate and prepare for these efforts well before bills are introduced and the lobbying begins. This webinar will [...]

Payday Loan Battles: Preparing Before the Fight Even Begins2019-02-19T13:03:09-05:00

Ensuring that People Are Not Jailed Due to Poverty: Reforming Policies and Representing Clients in Criminal Justice Debt Ability to Pay Proceedings.

May 22, 2018 The Constitution prohibits jailing defendants for non-payment of debts they cannot afford but too often courts fail to conduct adequate "ability to pay" proceedings and unrepresented individuals are sent to jail simply because they are too poor to pay a fee. This webinar discusses both effective representation of individuals in ability to [...]

Ensuring that People Are Not Jailed Due to Poverty: Reforming Policies and Representing Clients in Criminal Justice Debt Ability to Pay Proceedings.2019-02-21T09:23:08-05:00

Affirmative Litigation of Criminal Justice Debt Abuses – Theory and Practice

March 16, 2018 Lawsuits are currently challenging harsh criminal justice debt collection practices, including "debtors prisons" and automatic license suspensions. This webinar discussed litigation strategies and challenges when pursuing affirmative claims against harsh criminal justice debt collection practices, and will encourage participants to incorporate consumer and constitutional law insights in their work. Presenters: Claudia Wilner, [...]

Affirmative Litigation of Criminal Justice Debt Abuses – Theory and Practice2019-02-19T13:04:11-05:00

Introduction to Harvard’s Criminal Justice Policy Program’s 50-State Criminal Justice Debt Law Web Tool

March 1, 2018 The National Consumer Law Center and the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law Schools free webinar series on criminal justice debt continues this spring. Confronting Criminal Justice Debt focuses on the fines and fees imposed by the criminal justice system. This webinar series brings together leading attorneys, academics, and other advocates [...]

Introduction to Harvard’s Criminal Justice Policy Program’s 50-State Criminal Justice Debt Law Web Tool2019-02-19T13:04:34-05:00

Helping Communities of Color Access Opportunity: An overview of the Lifeline program and current threats to its scope and purpose

February 7, 2018 Communities of color often face challenges connecting to and maintaining affordable broadband and voice service. The federal Lifeline program has been around since the mid-1980s. While it started as a low-income program to help households afford voice service, it has been expanded to include wireless voice and broadband Internet support. The program [...]

Helping Communities of Color Access Opportunity: An overview of the Lifeline program and current threats to its scope and purpose2019-02-19T13:05:03-05:00