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 unprecedented 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
Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project / CAMBA Legal Services, Inc. / Community Development Project at Urban Justice Center / District Council 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services / Fordham Law School Clinical Education Programs / Fordham Law School Feerick Center for Social Justice / 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 Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic and Public Interest Center
A2J Initiative at Fordham Law School / National Center for Access to Justice / Stein Center for Law and Ethics
Feerick Center for Social Justice of Fordham School of Law
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