Defending Credit Card Collection Cases - Portage County

Defending Credit Card Collection Cases

free CLE for Legal Aid attorneys and volunteers
All Volunteer Attorneys that teach the Portage County Credit Card Clinic or who wish to teach the clinic are encouraged to attend
2.75 general CLE credit hours have been requested from the Ohio Supreme Court

Portage County
Friday, December 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Reed Memorial Library
(The Jenkins Room)
167 E. Main St.
Ravenna, OH  44266

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Course Description

This CLE will provide attorneys with basic training on how to address credit card collection lawsuits in a clinic situation.  It will review appropriate techniques for limited representation at clinics and will provide a basic overview of the law regarding credit card debt.


Steven J. McGarrity is the Associate Director of Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. in Akron, Ohio. He began his career with Legal Aid following his graduation from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1996. He has served in a wide variety of positions at Legal Aid including Staff Attorney, Grant Compliance Manager, and Managing Attorney. In his current role, he oversees all client services for the firm. He practices primarily in the area of consumer law with an emphasis on debt collection cases. He has played a leading role among legal aid organizations in Ohio in the use of technology to improve client services.

Erin L. Spencer is a staff attorney at Community Legal Aid Services handles credit card defense cases both as an attorney and by empowering clients to defend themselves. She serves as a facilitator for the Consumer Debt Clinics held in Portage, Stark and Summit counties.  Erin has been with Community Legal Aid as an attorney the past 9 years and spent two years in private practice prior to joining the Legal Aid team. She holds a law degree from the University of Akron Law School.

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