Through the Consumer Protection Clinic, students represent low-income people in cases related to predatory lending and other consumer matters, including bankruptcy and debt collection defense.
This clinic is part of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC), a general practice community law office in Jamaica Plain. LSC’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. Students are taught and mentored under the supervision and guidance of clinical instructors and fellows in one of LSC’s litigation clinical practices. For more information about the LSC, please visit their website.
How to Register
This clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits and the clinical registration process by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.
Meet the Instructors
Senior Clinical Instructor; Lecturer on Law
Roger joined the Legal Services Center’s Housing Law Clinic in 1993. He is now a Clinical Instructor and Attorney in the Consumer Protection Clinic and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. He supervises students negotiating and litigating predatory mortgage, bankruptcy, and consumer cases. Additionally, Roger teaches a Predatory Lending Workshop and co-teaches Consumer Law at HLS. He has given numerous presentations to national and state wide groups on mortgage and consumer issues. Prior to his work at the Legal Services Center, Roger was an attorney in legal services in Missouri and Massachusetts, specializing in consumer cases, elder cases and complex litigation. His work included an emphasis on mortgage problems and foreclosures. Roger received his B.A. at the University of Northern Iowa and his J.D. at the University of Iowa.
Alexa joined the Legal Services Center as a clinical instructor in the Consumer Protection Clinic in 2022. Prior to coming to LSC, she represented low-income clients at Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) for over nine years. She began her career at GBLS as a Skadden Fellow practicing disability rights law in the Elder, Health, and Disability Unit. In 2015, Alexa transferred to the Consumer Rights Unit at GBLS; for the next six years she represented low-income consumers in state and federal court in a wide variety of matters, including debt collection and foreclosure defense. Alexa was an Arthur Garfield Hays fellow as a student at NYU Law School, and clerked for a federal magistrate judge in the Eastern District of New York before starting her career as a legal services attorney.
In the News
The Project on Predatory Student Lending Relaunches as Independent, Nonprofit Organization
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Project on Predatory Student Lending Issues Scathing Report on ITT Tech’s Fraudulent Practices; Criticizes Recent Partial Settlements over ITT, DeVry and Navient Loans; Calls on Government to Go After Executives of For-Profit Schools
The Project on Predatory Student Lending recently released a report detailing the massive scale of fraud and abuse perpetrated by the defunct for-profit college ITT Tech. The report, “Dreams Destroyed: How ITT Technical Institute Defrauded a … Project on Predatory Student Lending Issues Scathing Report on ITT Tech’s Fraudulent Practices; Criticizes Recent Partial Settlements over […]
March 1, 2022
Project on Predatory Student Lending Commemorates Five Years Fighting the For-Profit College Industry
Since 2016, the project has represented more than a one million borrowers and brought about the cancellation of over $2.5 billion in fraudulent debts Published by Harvard Law Today on August 12, 2021 By Brett … Project on Predatory Student Lending Commemorates Five Years Fighting the For-Profit College Industry Read More » The post […]
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