The Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Clinic focuses its advocacy efforts on preserving and protecting equity for low- and moderate-income homeowners, combating abuses in the consumer financial services, debt collection, and for-profit college industries and ensuring equal and fair access to credit markets. The practice is primarily litigation and involves consumer, bankruptcy, real estate, banking, and tort law.
Students gain extensive experience:
- interviewing clients;
- analyzing loan documents;
- drafting complaints;
- drafting and responding to discovery requests;
- conducting and defending depositions;
- negotiating with opposing counsel;
- arguing motions; and
- engaging in long-term case strategizing.
The clinic is part of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC), a general practice community law office in Jamaica Plain. LSC was founded nearly 30 years ago as a clinical practice program for Harvard Law School students, and delivers high quality civil legal assistance to the community. The Legal Services Center’s diverse clinics provide clinical instruction to second and third year law students and serve as a laboratory for the innovative delivery of legal services. LSC students are taught and mentored under the supervision and guidance of clinical instructors and fellows in one of the Center’s litigation clinical practices. In addition to its academic year clinical program, LSC also operates a summer program for law students to gain experience in legal services.
How to Register
This clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.
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Lawyers Weekly names Toby Merrill an “Up and Coming” HonoreeContinue Reading about Lawyers Weekly names Toby Merrill an “Up and Coming” Honoree
The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has announced that Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor Toby Merrill, who teaches in the LSC Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Clinic, has been selected as an “Up and Coming Lawyer”. Toby will be honored for her contributions to the legal community on May 4, 2016, at the Annual Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Excellence in the Law event.
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Project on Predatory Student Lending Releases Poster Explaining Rights and Options of Students Who Attended Closed Everest SchoolsContinue Reading about Project on Predatory Student Lending Releases Poster Explaining Rights and Options of Students Who Attended Closed Everest Schools
LSC’s Project on Predatory Student Lending, along with the National Consumer Law Center’s Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project, released a poster showing rights and options of students at the two Massachusetts Everest schools, as well as other Corinthian-owned schools that closed or are in the process of closing.
Faculty and Staff
Roger Bertling (Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Toby Merrill (Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Audrey Patten (Clinical Fellow)
Project on Predatory Student Lending
Eileen Connor (Director of Litigation)
Erica Kyzmir-McKeon (Attorney)
Deanne Loonin (Attorney)
Victoria Roytenberg (Attorney)
Amanda Savage (Attorney and Fellow)
Alec Harris (Attorney and Fellow)
Kelsey Barowich (Project Manager)
Marika O’Connor Grant (Paralegal Advocate)
Jessica Jimenez (Paralegal Advocate)
Predatory Lending and Consumer Protection Clinic
WilmerHale Legal Services Center
122 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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