DVD - Advanced CLARO Training: Assisting CLARO Visitors Oppose Motions for Summary Judgment

Original creditors and debt buyers regularly file motions for summary judgment against unrepresented defendants in consumer credit actions.  This training will provide an overview of the procedural and substantive issues that frequently arise in such motions and guide CLARO and other volunteers in reviewing and analyzing motion papers.  In addition, the training will include a demonstration of the interactive forms available on Pro Bono Net for helping to prepare opposition papers.  

Filmed on November 30, 2016

  • CLE Credits
    Areas of Professional Practice: 3.00
  • Format
    On-Demand/Recorded - Audio/Video File
  • Practice Area(s)
    Consumer/Bankruptcy Law
    Legal Practice
    Practice Skills
  • Price: $0
  • Materials
    Contains 4 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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    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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    Charlie Giudice (Speaker)

    Charles A. Giudice is a staff attorney with the Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project (QVLP). Charlie first volunteered at the CLARO-Queens Consumer Debt Defense Clinic in 2010, and has since provided hundreds of consultations to pro-se litigants. Charlie coordinated QVLP's response to Superstorm Sandy and focuses on consumer defense litigation. Charlie serves on the Board of Managers of the Queens County Bar Association and is editor of the Queens Bar Bulletin. He received his B.A. from the SUNY College at Geneseo and his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.