CONSUMER PROTECTION PROJECT TRAINING
The Consumer Protection Project is a partnership of Allegany Law Foundation, Community Legal Services of Prince Georges County, Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Montgomery County Bar Foundation, and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.
These FREE training programs are available to attorneys willing to volunteer to provide pro bono legal service to consumers in debt buyer cases through brief advice clinics and/or direct representation. Participating attorneys must be in good standing and licensed to practice law in Maryland. Attorneys registering for either of these trainings will need to confirm in writing that they do not have any conflicts of interest and that they do not represent debt buyers.
- Affidavit judgment lawsuits
- District Court trial procedure
- Common claims, defenses, and arguments in debt collection and debt buyer litigation
- Negotiation strategies
- Affirmative claims under state and federal consumer laws
- Mock trial exercise
1) represent 2 consumer clients pro bono in debt buyer litigation; OR
2) represent 1 consumer client pro bono in debt buyer litigation and give brief legal advice at 2 clinics hosted by the Consumer Protection Project.
Malpractice insurance, access to mentors, email listserv membership and more will be available to attorneys taking pro bono cases.
- Introduction to the debt buyer industry
- Litigating debt buyer claims: common claims & defenses
- Affirmative claims against debt buyers under FDCPA & MCDCA
- New Maryland Rules for cases filed after January 1, 2012
- Review of sample pleadings, motions & attorney fees
- The Plaintiffs’ Perspective
- Legal Updates
- Mentors’ Practice Tips
5. District Court Motion to Seal Record (i.e. illegally disclosed social security number)
- MOTION TO SEAL OR OTHERWISE LIMIT INSPECTION OF A CASE RECORD
- REQUEST TO SHIELD INFORMATION IN A CASE RECORD