Wednesday, October 4, 2017
1 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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Speakers     Moderator
alexes harris
Alexes Harris
Professor of Sociology,
University of Washington
thomas harvey
Thomas Harvey
Executive Director
Co-Founder,
ArchCity Defenders
mitali nagrecha Mitali Nagrecha
Director,
Harvard University National Criminal Justice Debt Initiative
abby shafroth
Abby Shafroth
Staff Attorney,
National Consumer Law Center

America's justice system is increasingly financed by the imposition of heavy fines, fees, and costs on individuals accused of crimes and civil infractions. The costs are disproportionately born by the poor and people of color. This webinar will provide an overview of criminal justice debt as an urgent racial justice problem. It will outline key policy reforms and provide an overview of consumer, constitutional, and criminal litigation issues that arise with criminal justice debt.

About the Criminal Justice Debt Series

Confronting Criminal Justice Debt is a collaboration of the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and the Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) at Harvard Law School focused on the fines and fees imposed by the criminal justice system. The Confronting Criminal Justice Debt webinar series brings together leading attorneys, academics, and other advocates to identify problems with the current fine and fee practices, including the disproportionate impact on the poor and people of color, and to discuss litigation and policy solutions. The series aims to equip both civil and criminal justice advocates-including attorneys who work on issues of consumer rights, civil rights, and poverty law-to meet the challenges posed by criminal justice debt.

There is no charge for this webinar and all time listings are in Eastern Time. NCLC does not provide CLE credits for webinars, but will give certificates of attendance following the webinar for those who are interested.

If you are unable to attend the webinar, rest assured that it will be archived on the NCLC webinar page. Still have questions? Please email SarahEmily Lekberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: This webinar can hold a maximum of 1,000 attendees. If you log in and the webinar is full, a recording of the webinar will be provided following the broadcast.

 

Event Date 10-04-2017 1:00 pm
Event End Date 10-04-2017 2:30 pm
This training focused on the growing area of debt collection resulting from stays in nursing home facilities. The training reviewed potential bases for liability for a nursing home resident or their families, preemptive strategies to avoid the creation of unnecessary debt, and strategies for defending these lawsuits.
Event Date 09-12-2017 2:00 pm
Event End Date 09-12-2017 3:30 pm

In our efforts to persuade policy makers and general audiences to act on the issues we care about, we often encounter one recurring barrier: fear. Some audience members are worried, anxious and scared about a number of issues facing the country today. We need to be strategic in our communication and tell an affirmative, positive story that moving forward is more important than ever.

Event Date 04-27-2017 2:00 pm
Event End Date 04-27-2017 3:30 pm
Land installment contracts, also known as "contracts for deed," have long been a poor replacement for mortgage loans in credit-starved communities. In these transactions, the purchaser is required to take on all the obligations of homeownership, while making monthly payments to the seller, but can be evicted like a tenant for missing a single payment. Now, Wall Street-backed investors are using these transactions to turn a profit off the glut of foreclosed homes around the country.
Event Date 09-15-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 09-15-2016 3:30 pm
The low-income Lifeline telephone assistance program has been increasing the affordability of telephone service since the Reagan and Bush administrations. Starting at the end of 2016, the Obama Administration has modernized the program to support the affordability of broadband service.

 
Event Date 08-08-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 08-08-2016 3:30 pm
The Treasury Offset program provides for collection of Federal debts through offset of Social Security benefits. One of the more common scenarios for hotline advocates involves clients who are facing garnishment of their Social Security benefit due to default on a student loan. In many cases, the senior may have guaranteed the loan for a child. The National Consumer Law Center, Justice in Aging, and the Center for Elder Rights Advocacy present a webinar regarding how to advise clients who are facing this significant problem. These cases present unique challenges for hotline attorneys due to the complexity of the rules governing beneficiaries seeking forgiveness of a Federal debt due to disability or other reasons. The webinar is particularly directed toward legal hotline advocates and managers.
Event Date 07-28-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 07-28-2016 3:30 pm
It has been said that we cannot prosecute our way out of the problem of elder abuse. A myriad of complex legal issues arise from typical scenarios of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation that are uniquely addressed by civil legal providers working in collaboration with APS and P&A attorneys. Legal remedies such as asset recovery, revoking PoAs, removal of abusive guardians, restoring public benefits, recession of property transactions, contracts and wills, housing fairness, and Olmstead remedies are at the very center of assuring the independence, safety, and financial security of older adult and people with disabilities who fall victim to elder abuse.
Event Date 06-30-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 06-30-2016 3:30 pm

Incidences of elder abuse, exploitation, or other forms of mistreatment of older adults by family members, friends and other trusted adults, are on the increase. Uncovering and remedying elder abuse or exploitation often involves determining what an older person that may be experiencing cognitive decline understands or understood in the past.

Event Date 06-29-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 06-29-2016 3:30 pm

Financial exploitation of older adults is the most common form of elder abuse and costs older adults billions of dollars each year. Victims are robbed of their resources, independence and dignity. State and federal governments are often first responders and can play key roles in protecting older consumers. Government agencies have developed the expertise and tools to fight scammers, help victims, and make policy and practice recommendations to key stakeholders.

Event Date 06-15-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 06-15-2016 3:30 pm
Historical discrimination and the financial devastation of the Great Recession has led to extreme wealth inequality and a widening racial wealth gap between households of color and white households.
Advocates and policymakers seek to develop policies to build wealth and opportunity in households of color and close the gap.
Event Date 05-19-2016 2:00 pm
Event End Date 05-19-2016 3:00 pm