Other Webinars

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. .........
Event Date 01-31-2019 2:00 pm
Event End Date 01-31-2019 3:30 pm

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 proposed rescinding the rule, but the soonest that would happen is July 2020 - so there is a short window for many students to sue in court.

Event Date 01-29-2019 1:00 pm
Event End Date 01-29-2019 2:30 pm

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.

Event Date 12-13-2018 2:00 pm
Event End Date 12-13-2018 3:30 pm
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 focus on successful efforts across the country to use story gathering, coalition building, policy briefs, reports, polls, and other educational efforts to fight predatory lending.
Event Date 10-02-2018 3:00 pm
Event End Date 10-02-2018 4:30 pm

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 pay proceedings and best practices for ability to pay determinations that advocates should promote in policy reform.

Event Date 05-22-2018 1:00 pm
Event End Date 05-22-2018 2:30 pm
In August, a federal court approved a historic settlement in Salazar v. DeVos that could provide debt relief to as many as 60,000 students. Under the settlement, the Department and Guaranty Agencies are in the process of sending out notices and discharge applications to former students who attended "Wilfred Beauty Academy" (and related Wilfred schools) in the 1980s and 1990s. Wilfred had campuses in CA, CO, DC, FL, IL, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and TX. The Department is required to grant discharges for all borrowers who are eligible for a false certification ability-to-benefit discharge based on the application itself. But getting the word out to these borrowers, and helping them submit the applications, will be key to ensuring that as many as possible receive discharges.
Event Date 11-03-2017 2:00 pm
Event End Date 11-03-2017 3:00 pm

For criminal justice debtors, bankruptcy can be a powerful tool. It can eliminate the obligation to repay certain criminal justice debts or provide an orderly mechanism for repaying certain debts that cannot be discharged. 

Event Date 10-17-2017 2:00 pm
Event End Date 10-17-2017 3:30 pm

Too often, individuals who owe criminal justice debt lack counsel who can help them navigate the system and avoid the severe penalties often imposed for nonpayment-from garnishment to suspension of a driver's license to incarceration.

Event Date 10-10-2017 2:00 pm
Event End Date 10-10-2017 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