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  • Introduction to Student Loan Cases
  • Managing Federal Student Loans in Changing Times
  • How and When to Discharge Private Student Loans in Bankruptcy
  • How to become a successful Student Loan Lawyer
  • Presenting Winning Defenses in Private Student Loan Collections Actions

Why These Videos are Helpful

There are 1.6 trillion dollars in outstanding student loans in the U.S. that affect forty-four million Americans. Want to get up to speed on where things stand with some of the most popular and critical federal student loan programs? Interested in spotting private student loans that can be discharged in bankruptcy? Want to set up a student loan practice from your existing caseload.

What You Will Learn

  • How to navigate the federal student loan system
  • How to find and recognize good potential dischargeability cases
  • How to monetize a student loan cases
  • How to prepare winning defenses on the statute of limitations and improper notice/venue


Christie Arkovich has been an AV-rated Florida licensed attorney for more than twenty-five years since graduating from Stetson College of Law in 1992. Christie was former trial counsel for Sallie Mae, ECMC, and other student loan servicers and guarantors in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She “switched sides” and now represents student loan borrowers and other debtors both inside and outside of bankruptcy. She recently served on the Student Loan Committee for the new (and first in the nation) Student Loan Management Program in the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Rebecca Maurer practices law in Ohio. She was a judicial clerk for Hon. James Gwin, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. She was previously a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and now runs a private practice focused on student loan law.

Adam S. Minsky practices in Massachusetts and New York and is one of the nation’s leading experts in student loan law. He remains one of the only attorneys in the country with a practice devoted entirely to helping student loan borrowers. Attorney Minsky provides counsel, legal assistance, and direct advocacy for borrowers on a variety of student loan-related matters, including repayment management, default resolution, and servicing troubleshooting. He has published three handbooks including The Student Loan Handbook for Law Students and Attorneys, published by the American Bar Association. Attorney Minsky is also a contributing author to the National Consumer Law Center’s manual, Student Loan Law. Attorney Minsky received his undergraduate degree, with honors, in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston University and his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

D.J. Rausa is a bankruptcy and student loan lawyer. Upon graduating from high school, Mr. Rausa enlisted in the United States Navy. He served two Tours of Duty from 1975 until 1983, after which time he was Honorably Discharged. Mr. Rausa graduated from San Diego City College with two associate degrees. He received his law degree from Western Sierra Law School in 1989. He has specialized in bankruptcy law for over twenty-seven years. Mr. Rausa is knowledgeable about the laws that govern how student loans are processed and the policies implemented under the Higher Education Act. He is well versed in the Code of Federal Regulations that govern the student loan servicers and their collection agencies. He has integrated and monetized student loan debt resolution into his consumer bankruptcy practice since 2014. Mr. Rausa has recently relocated to the greater Nashville area and practices bankruptcy and student loan law in the Middle District of Tennessee.

Emily White practices in Ohio. She was a judicial clerk for the Hon. Sylvia H. Rambo, U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Emily worked for nearly a decade as a public interest lawyer and now practices with the Dann Law Firm in Columbus, Ohio. She has more than a decade of experience in public interest law and litigation.