Calabrese and Sovern Weigh in on Debt Collection Rules

Gina Calabrese, Associate Director of the Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic and Professor of Clinical Legal Education, recently supervised the clinic’s comments submission to the New York State Department of Financial Services on  the Department’s proposed rules on debt collection (link at ) that would require debt collectors to provide certain disclosures to consumers.  The Clinic project was an opportunity for law students to engage in policy work.   Among the Clinic’s recommendations was a proposal to include an advisory notice of the importance of the disclosure in the six non-English languages most commonly spoken in New York State.  (See comments here: Comments of St Vincent de Paul Legal Prog on DFS Debt Coll Rules 101113).  Multilingual Legal Advocates, a multi-lingual law students association, assisted with translating the advisory into the six different languages.  Professor Jeff Sovern also commented on the proposed rules and suggested that critical disclosures be presented more simply and prominently.

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