CLE | Debt Defense 101

WHEN:  Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | HOW: via ZOOM | MCLE: 1.5 (1.0 Skills, 0.5 DIEB) | COST: FREE to any lawyer who plans to VOLUNTEER with the VLP Debt Defense Program at least twice in the upcoming calendar year otherwise $50 for those not able to commit to volunteering at this time.

Being in debt is stressful and, frankly, exhausting. This CLE provides an introduction to the work achieved in the VLP Debt Defense program. Learn the basics of the program and how to represent clients in a pro bono capacity. While you’re at it receive cultural competency tips and insight into how debt affects all socio-economic stratas and how YOU can become an invaluable volunteer in this worthwhile program. Do it!



Sally Curran, Esq. is the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers of Central New York, Inc. a pro bono legal services organization serving low-income people throughout Central New York. She has guided VLPCNY through a spin off into an independent nonprofit, major technology upgrades, and expansion, including new programming to address immigration, family law, LGBT rights, and homeless needs. Prior to joining VLPCNY, Sally had a child-centered family law practice in Portland, Maine, where she provided over 200 hours of pro bono service every year. She is the 2017 recipient of the Kathy Goldberg-Findling Leadership Award dually bestowed annually by the Gifford Foundation and the Allyn Family Foundation. Sally graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with degrees in Spanish Language and Women’s Studies and obtained her Juris Doctorate at the City University of New York College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Maine.

Anna Anderson, Esq. is a Supervising Attorney at Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY), where she oversees the Consumer Protection Unit, serving 14 counties in Western New York. Prior to the formation of the Consumer Protection Unit, Anna served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at LawNY and helped lay the groundwork for LawNY’s consumer practice. In her current role, Anna continues to manage the program she established during her Fellowship, which has served over 1,000 people to date and helped eliminate more than $1,000,000 in debt for low-income New Yorkers. Anna is admitted to the New York State Bar, Fourth Department (2016), and the United States District Court, Western District of New York (2019). She currently is the co-chair of the Monroe County Bar Association Elder Law Section, and she is the co-founder and chair of the National Coalition of Nursing Home Debt Advocates.

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