DVD - CLARO Advanced Training - Breaking Leases: The Intersection of Consumer and Housing Law

This training will focus on the recent increase in debt collection cases related to rent arrears. The goals of the training are 1) to give housing attorneys familiarity with consumer debt law in order to fully understand and minimize consumer consequences for tenants unable to pay rent arrears post-judgment or who move out before a lease ends; and 2) to give consumer attorneys a greater understanding of housing law in order to better defend collection actions. The training will consist of an overview of relevant housing and consumer law; litigation strategies; and the attorney’s ethical obligation to provide the client with the information needed to make an informed decision when a housing court judgment could result in a debt collection action.

Filmed on June 20, 2017

  • CLE Credits
    Ethics and Professionalism: 0.50
    Skills: 1.00
    Areas of Professional Practice: 1.50
  • Format
    On-Demand/Recorded - Audio/Video File
  • Price: $0
  • Materials
    Contains 3 training item(s)

About the Faculty

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    Carolyn Coffey (Speaker)

    Carolyn E. Coffey is the Director of Litigation for Economic Justice at MFY Legal Services, Inc., which provides free legal assistance to New York City residents in the areas of housing, foreclosure, public benefits, civil and disability rights, employment, consumer and family law, prioritizing services to vulnerable and under-served populations, while simultaneously working to end the root causes of inequities through law reform, impact litigation, and policy advocacy. Ms. Coffey also directly supervises MFY's Consumer Rights and Low-Income Bankruptcy Projects, which provide advice, counsel, and defensive and affirmative representation to low-income New Yorkers in state and federal court lawsuits and appeals. She also engages in legislative advocacy, successfully helping to enact pro-consumer laws and regulations in New York City and New York State, drafts amicus curiae briefs, has co-authored reports concerning the debt collection industry, and conducts trainings on consumer law. Ms. Coffey regularly serves as a consumer law expert at CLARO (Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office), a consumer law clinic in New York City Civil Court, and is an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, where she teaches a consumer clinic seminar.
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    Evan Denerstein (Speaker)

    Evan Denerstein is a Senior Staff Attorney at MFY Legal Services' Consumer Rights Project. The Consumer Rights Project provides advice, counsel, education and representation to low-income individuals on a range of consumer issues, prioritizing direct services to people living on fixed incomes and people with disabilities. Prior to joining MFY, Evan assisted clients on a variety of consumer issues as a Staff Attorney at The Financial Clinic. Evan received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley (2004) and his J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School (2010).
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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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    Mary McCune (Speaker)

    Mary McCune has worked as a public interest attorney for over twenty years. She is currently a senior staff attorney in the consumer law unit at Manhattan Legal Services, Inc. Over her lengthy career, Ms. McCune has represented low income people in many practice areas, including housing law, family law, benefits law as well as consumer law. She has litigated social justice issues in federal, state and city courts.
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    Sateesh Nori (Speaker)

    Sateesh Nori is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice's Queens Neighborhood Office - Legal Aid Society, where he manages a team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff. Mr. Nori was recently appointed to the Mayor's Committee on City Marshals: the committee establishes qualifying criteria for marshal candidates, identifies and recruits candidates, and recommends qualified individuals for appointment by the Mayor. He has written several publications and conducted trainings on Section 8 and housing court and succession rights and the Marriage Equality Act. Mr. Nori graduated from Johns Hopkins University and New York University School of Law.
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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.