Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
 

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.

LIVE:  BASIC TRAINING CLASS
 
Defending Debt Buyer Lawsuits: Emerging Trial Tactics
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
 
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
500 W. Baltimore Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201
 
 
Training Will Cover:
  • 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 
 
Participating attorneys must agree to one of the following pro bono options to be completed within one year of the training:

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.

 
Participating law students must agree to participate in 2 brief advice clinics hosted by the Consumer Protection Project.
 
Questions?  Contact Nicole McConlogue at 443-703-3054 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 

WEBCAST:  BASIC TRAINING CLASS
 
Defending Debt Buyer Lawsuits in State Court
Offered on June 8, 2012 
 
Presenter:       Professor Peter A. Holland, Esq., Visiting Professor
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Consumer Protection Clinic
 
Topics Covered:
  • 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
 
To register for the basic training webcast, please complete the Basic Training Registration Form. All registration forms should be returned to PBRC by mail, fax or email:
 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
520 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
fax: 410-385-2616
 
If you are not contacted by PBRC within 5 business days of submission, please contact us to confirm receipt of your registration form.

 
WEBCAST:  ADVANCED TRAINING CLASS
 
Defending Debt Buyer Lawsuits:  Lessons Learned and Trial Tactics
Offered on June 28, 2013
 
Presenter:       Professor Peter A. Holland, Esq., Visiting Professor
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Consumer Protection Clinic
 
Topics Covered:
  • The Plaintiffs’ Perspective
  • Legal Updates
  • Mentors’ Practice Tips
  • Workshop
To register for the live advanced training, please complete the Advanced Training Registration Form.  All registration forms should be returned to PBRC by mail, fax or email:
 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
520 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
fax: 410-385-2616
 
If you are not contacted by PBRC within 5 business days of submission, please contact us to confirm receipt of your registration form.
 
For more information about the Consumer Protection Project, contact Nicole K. McConlogue, Esq., Consumer Protection Project Manager, at 410-837-9379 ext. 3054, 1-800-396-1274 ext. 3054, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
 
Other Resources
Forms:

1.       New Form, DC/CV 106, Assigned Consumer Debt Complaint effective January 1, 2012

2.       District Court MOTION Form

3.       District Court REQUEST Form

4.       District Court Request for Attorney Code

5.       District Court Motion to Seal Record (i.e. illegally disclosed social security number)

6.       Certificate of Service 

7.       Request for Postponement

8.       Complaint

9.       Notice of Dismissal

10.   Motion for Order Declaring Judgment Satisfied

11.   Motion for Release of Garnishment

12.   Appeal and Request for Transcript

13.   Assignment of Judgment

14.   District Court Fee Schedule

15.   Debtor's Purgatory

 
 
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