CLARO programs are able to run because of commited volunteer attorneys who assist the unprecedented numbers of individuals who must defend themselves in consumer debt collection cases. In 2011, creditors filed over 134,000 consumer credit cases in New York City Civil Court. In these cases, approximately 2.5% of defendants had attorneys representing them. Debt collection matters can be overwhelming for pro se litigants. Often, debtors first learn of a lawsuit after their wages have been garnished or their bank accounts frozen. CLARO provides limited legal advice to unrepresented debtor-defendants with consumer debt cases in Civil Court.
At each CLARO session there is at least one consumer law expert to oversee and help out on any complicated issues that may arise. Volunteer attorneys must attend a mandatory 3-hour introductory training. On completing the training we invite our volunteer attorneys to observe CLARO sessions in progress before becoming client-advisors themselves.
Description: Join fellow attorneys for a comprehensive training in consumer law.
Requirements: You must be admitted in New York and have time to attend the training and commit 6 hours to CLARO sessions. Please note that to avoid conflict of interest, this opportunity is not available to attorneys working for debt settlement or other financial institutions.
CLE Credit: 3
For information on the next training please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.