Business Development

Consumer Defense Clinics: Building a Courthouse Clinic from the Ground Up

More than two-thirds of litigants in civil debt collection cases in the U.S. go through the court process unrepresented. As a result, many unrepresented consumers do not know how to defend themselves and often receive judgments for debts that have viable defenses or counter-claims. The key to addressing this problem is collaboration between pro bono providers, the judiciary, and private consumer attorneys.

The Riches of Storytelling for Consumer Lawyers

Nothing attracts a juror’s attention or ignites our passions like a good story. As consumer rights lawyers, our clients bring us amazing stories of dishonesty, deception, and injustice. It is our job to ensure that our clients’ stories are told in the most compelling and powerful manner possible. Learn the techniques and secrets of the storytelling craft and how their application can bring larger recoveries to our clients and more business and income to our practices.

How to Start/Maintain a Consumer Practice within a Legal Services Agency

According to the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), consumer issues account for eleven percent of all complaints in LSC-funded programs. Yet, the numbers of low income and economically vulnerable individuals impacted by debt collection, bankruptcy and other consumer problems are quite significant. For example, one in seven adults in the U.S. is being pursued by debt collectors, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Furthermore, recent studies show that Legal Aid offices often turn away nearly 50 percent of all individuals seeking legal remedies.

Making Your Network Work

It is beyond dispute that learning how to network effectively is one of the most powerful tools an individual can use to advance their personal and professional life. A bigger, stronger network would help you make more money by providing more referrals and access to resources. This skill will help you land new business, become close with the leaders in the consumer movement and build relationships with key people who can help you out in ways you can't predict yet.

The Profitable Consumer Law Practice: Being A Good Lawyer is Not Good Enough, Part 1

The goal of the National Association of Consumer Advocates’ two-part webinar series: The Profitable Consumer Law Practice: Being a Good Lawyer is Not Good Enough, is to assist attendees in strengthening their consumer law practice and maximizing its profitability. The first webinar in this series will walk attendees through the basics of choosing practice areas, practice models and business models.

The Profitable Consumer Law Practice: Being a Good Lawyer is Not Good Enough, Parts Two

The goal of the National Association of Consumer Advocates’ two-part webinar series: The Profitable Consumer Law Practice: Being a Good Lawyer is Not Good Enough, is to assist attendees in strengthening their consumer law practice and maximizing its profitability. The first webinar in this series will walk attendees through the basics of choosing practice areas, practice models and business models.

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