DVD - Advanced CLARO Training - Assisting CLARO Visitors Defend Themselves in Consumer Debt Collection Actions Involving Auto Loans

The law governing the sale and financing of consumer automobiles is complex. In addition, government oversight agencies and nonprofit organizations have documented widespread deceptive and abusive practices in the car dealers industry. This training will provide an overview of some of the applicable federal and state provisions to assist CLARO volunteers in conducting initial intake interviews with CLARO visitors and in assisting them in preparing Answers in consumer credit actions involving auto loans. The training will examine common defenses and review discovery demands in these actions.

Filmed on July 26, 2017

  • CLE Credits
    Areas of Professional Practice: 3.00
  • Format
    On-Demand/Recorded - Audio/Video File
  • Practice Area(s)
    Consumer/Bankruptcy Law
  • Price: $0
  • Materials
    Contains 3 training item(s)

About the Faculty

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    Dora Galacatos (Speaker)

    Senior Counsel to the Feerick Center, is a Fordham Law alumna (1996), with experience working in city government, the not-for-profit sector, and legal services for low-income individuals. Prior to coming to Law School, Dora worked for the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice and the New York City for Mayor's Office of Drug Abuse Policy from 1989 to 1993, where she focused on program development, program evaluation, and policy analysis. As part of a Skadden Fellowship (1997-98), Dora helped establish a family day care network at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Dora had served as Staff Director to the New York City Family Homelessness Special Master Panel, working alongside John Feerick. Dora also served as a law clerk to the late-Honorable Milton Pollack (1996-97) and, more recently, to the Honorable Paul A. Crotty (2005-2006), both District Judges in the Southern District of New York. Dora is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History (1987), and the New School for Social Research, where she was a Kaplan M. Fellow and received a Master of Science in Urban Policy (1993).
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    Matthew Schedler (Speaker)

    Matthew Schedler is the Senior Staff Attorney in charge of CAMBA Legal Services' Consumer Law Project. The Consumer Law Project works in coalition with the Urban Justice Center, Housing Conservation Coordinators, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, and the Goddard Riverside Community Center's SRO Law Project, to assist housing clients at these organizations with debt collection and credit issues in order to achieve self sufficiency. Mr. Schedler received his B.A. from the University of Rochester in 2004 and his J.D. Boston University in 2007.
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    Marcella Silverman (Speaker)

    Marcella is a full-time member of the clinical faculty at Fordham University School of Law, where she has been teaching and supervising law student practice since 1996. She is currently teaching Fordham Law's Consumer Litigation Clinic and, in the past, taught its Community Lawyering Clinic and Securities Arbitration Clinic. Previously, Marcella worked as a Staff Attorney (1982-1990) and Supervising Attorney (1990-1996) in the Civil Practice of The Legal Aid Society in New York City, primarily in the areas of government benefits and housing. Her and her students' current practice focuses on consumer debt collection defense in NYC Civil Court and includes some affirmative consumer protection litigation in federal and state court. Marcella received her law degree at New York University School of Law in 1982 and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1976.
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    Daniel Schlanger (Speaker)

    Daniel Schlanger is a partner at Kakalec & Schlanger, LLP, and heads its consumer practice. His practice focuses on class actions and other affirmative consumer protection litigation, predominantly in Federal Court, as well as collection defense matters. Dan joined Kakalec & Schlanger, LLP’s predecessor firm in 2007 after working as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, where he was a member of that organization’s consumer law unit. Prior to that, Dan clerked for the Hon. R. Lanier Anderson, III on the United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit. Dan received his law degree from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College, magna cum laude, in 1994. Dan’s work as a lawyer is guided by his passion for assisting victims of lending and auto fraud, collection abuse, inaccurate credit reporting and other types of marketplace injustice.