JDC's Consumer Project

Consumer Debt Defense and Education Clinics

JDC's Consumer Project advises low-income clients at JDC's Consumer Debt Defense and Education Clinic (CDDEC). Through our CLE training, volunteer attorneys will be trained on the hot topic of collection defense law in order to assist clients who have been sued by creditors. The CDDEC takes place twice a month from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

At the Clinic, volunteers will have the opportunity to individually counsel clients and possibly draft in pro per litigation documents. Other opportunities may include negotiating on behalf of clients and representing them at hearings or even trial. Training participants are required to staff Debt Defense and Education Clinics a minimum of three times within the next year. Clinic participation is an excellent way to help low-income people deeply impacted by the current economic crisis while learning a relevant area of the law and developing litigation skills.

The Consumer Project also uses law students, paralegals and non-attorney volunteers to staff CDDEC. At the Clinic, non-attorney volunteers will assist attorneys with drafting cease and desist letters to creditors, answers, fee waiver applications, responses to discovery, motions for summary judgment, demands for bills of particulars, claims of exemption, proposed orders, and proofs of service. The volunteers will also perform legal research on-site as needed and help manage the Clinic and communications with the clients. Depending on the flow of the clinic, volunteers will likely also be able to sit in on client consultations.

For information on volunteering with the Consumer Project, please contact Zula Ganzorig at: probono@sfbar.org

If you are a client, interested in receiving assistance at the Consumer Debt Defense and Education Clinic, please call (415) 989-1616 to see if you qualify.