July 28, 2009
Cooley Sponsors Forums To Safeguard Against Foreclosure, Predatory Lending
The Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic is sponsoring a pair of housing forums aimed at helping individuals avoid predatory lending and prevent foreclosure.
The forums are free and open to the general public. The first forum is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Lansing’s Friendship Baptist Church, 2912 Pleasant Grove Road. The second forum will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Cooley’s Lansing campus in the Cooley Center Lobby, 300 S. Capitol Avenue.
The Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic serves as Cooley’s clinical education program and provides legal assistance to individuals 60 years of age or older.
The two forums, funded by a $1,000 grant from the Kitch law firm in Lansing, will address home protection concerns for seniors, who are prime targets for scams and can often lose their homes due to foreclosure.
A broad panel of attorneys and professionals in today’s housing and mortgage industries will be able to offer advice on how to protect their homes from foreclosure. Presenters will include Cooley Professor Florise Neville-Ewell; Lorray Brown, lead attorney for the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project; and Mr. Curtis Hertel, Jr., Ingham County register of deeds.
Both housing forums have been organized by Professor Kimberly O'Leary, director of Sixty Plus, Inc.; Visiting Professor L. Patricia Mock; Attorney Margaret M. Philpot of the Kitch law firm; and the Sixty Plus, Inc. Community Outreach Committee.
Cooley Law School is the largest law school in the nation. Founded in 1972, it operates J.D. programs across Michigan in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Lansing. Today, Cooley Law School has more than 13,000 graduates across the nation and worldwide and also offers joint degree and master of laws programs. Cooley offers enrollment three times a year; in January, May and September. Additional information about Cooley can be found at cooley.edu.