Conference Chairs: Sylvia Goldsmith and Robert Sola
The 2017 Fair Credit Reporting Act Conference will take place April 27–29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, MD.
Why You Should Attend
According to the FTC, approximately ten million Americans have serious mistakes on their credit reports, impacting their abilities to purchase homes and cars and even get jobs. These challenges are increased drastically for minority and underserved communities. The National Consumer Law Center recently concluded that there are “stunning racial disparities” in credit reports and credit scores. The racial wealth gap affects consumers’ abilities to pay their bills, with past delinquencies biasing credit scores and further hindering access of low income and minority communities to credit and other basic necessities.
Learn the skills, knowledge, strategies, and tactics to make a difference in your credit reporting cases and achieve justice for all those who need it. While the law is the same, the credit reporting problems that manifest differ depending on the community affected. The 2017 FCRA Conference will provide innovative content to help private, public interest, and legal service attorneys of all experience levels address the unique needs of their clients.
What You Will Learn
- Methods and criteria to use to evaluate what makes a good case
- Specific discovery approaches to apply based on case type
- Litigation strategies for employment, landlord tenant, and background checks cases
- Recommendations for proving damages and willful violations
Pre-Conference Trial Skills Workshop
On April 26 and April 27, NACA will be offering a 1 ½ day pre-conference workshop on winning your case through opening statements. The workshop will be limited to thirty people and will be led by David Humphreys and Luke Wallace. This workshop will be highly participatory and will include opportunities to work together in small groups to improve your delivery of opening statements. If you prefer a lecture-style format, this workshop is not for you. Click to view the workshop agenda. A separate fee will be required to participate in the workshop.
|Early Bird Before 3/17/2017||Regular (3/17/17 - 4/14/17)||Onsite|
|NACA Members Conference Only*|
|Nonmembers Conference Only**|
|NACA Members Conference + Workshop||$825.00||$975.00||$975.00|
|Nonmembers Conference + Workshop||$1175.00||$1175.00||Not available|
|NACA Members Workshop Only||$375.00||$375.00||$375|
|Nonmembers Workshop Only||$475.00||$475.00||Not available|
Government attorneys can register at the member rate but will need to submit a paper registration form.
If your firm is planning on sending more than five attorneys, please email Rebecca@consumeradvocates to inquire about a group rate.
Refunds are only available in cases of personal or family emergencies. Registrations can be transferred to another NACA member. All cancellations will be charged a cancellation fee.
Registration will close on April 14, 2017. Only NACA members will be allowed to register on site.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available for NACA members. Scholarship applications must be received by March 6, 2017. Scholarship recipients will need to register using the paper registration form. Email scholarship forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The application process often takes three weeks or more. Applicants for membership should apply no later than February 10 to receive the early-bird rates and no later than March 10 to receive the member rate for the conference. Bronze, Gold, and Platinum members will be able to register at discounted rates of 5–50% depending on the membership level. Learn more about higher-level memberships.
** Before being allowed to register, all nonmembers must be vetted to attend the conference. The vetting process will take at least one week. Nonmembers will not be allowed to register on site. Nonmembers will need to apply for conference registration no later than April 1, 2017. To start the vetting process, email Rebecca@consumeradvocates.org.
Reserve your hotel room for $150/night at the The Hyatt Regency, Baltimore. Make your reservations early, as the hotel is expected to sell out. The hotel is already sold out for Saturday night. When booking, do not include Saturday night in your reservation.
The hotel is located in the picturesque Inner Harbor. Nearby attractions include the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Camden Yards, and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Within a couple of blocks, there are more than sixty restaurants serving gourmet cuisine, ethnic foods from around the world, and plenty of local seafood. The hotel is approximately twenty minutes from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) and ten minutes from Baltimore Penn Station (Amtrak train station). Conference attendees can self-park at the hotel for a reduced rate of $15/day.
Please note that NACA is applying for CLE credits for the conference in the state of Pennsylvania. Attendees from other states will need to apply directly to their state bar to receive CLE credits. Certificates of attendance will be given upon request. Additional support with CLE applications will also be provided upon request.
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