Fighting for Immigrants and Consumers

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This spring, the Feerick Center organized two major convenings at Fordham Law School, one focused on immigration and the other on consumer debt.

On May 8, the Feerick Center was honored to help organize a conference that commemorated the first symposium of the Study Group on Immigrant Representation, which took place at Fordham Law School in 2008 and was convened by Judge Robert A. Katzmann, the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The conference reflected on the origins of the study group, its progress over the course of the last decade, and the work that remains.

On June 12, the Feerick Center worked with a large planning committee to hold a 10th anniversary conference on consumer debt titled “Consumer Debt in NY, #10YearsAfter: Crisis, Progress, and the Work Ahead.” As in 2008, this conference engaged a broad array of stakeholders, from funders and government policy makers to advocates and grassroots organizations to legal services providers and court personnel. Conference attendees had an opportunity to hear historical retrospectives on the consumer debt collection crisis in 2008 in New York City and New York State; the legislative, litigation, and policy reforms of the last decade; and the challenges in the field that remain.

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