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Legal Symposium 2013

2013 Legal Symposium on Consumer Debt Collection

On October 15, 2013, collection attorneys, judges, scholars and subject matter experts assembled at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for a "Legal Symposium on Consumer Debt Collection" presented by the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA).

     This event was live streamed and is available on the Legal Symposium Main Page.

The Master of Ceremonies - Noted attorney, author and lecturer Dr. Wayne Babovich.

The Keynote Speaker - Judge Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. (Ret)


  • Overview of a Consumer Collection Law Firm Practice: An in-depth look at the practice of consumer collection law and why creditors utilize the services of attorneys.

  • The Court System Provides a Level Playing Field: Use of the court system as an effective and appropriate method of debt collection provided attorneys and the courts operate in a manner that protects the interests of all parties and preserves the public trust.

  • Legal Collections - The Essential Link to a Successful Credit-Based Economy: The importance and benefit of our credit-based economy, and why responsible legal debt collection is a healthy function of the credit cycle.

  • Attorney-Consumer Communications: A Roadmap to Resolution: The roles and responsibilities of consumers, as well as debt collection attorneys, and opportunities to provide consumers with the best available avenues in which to participate in the process and help them resolve their debt.

    • Moderator: Charles G. Pona (Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., LPA, OH)
    • Confirmed Panelists: Tomio B. Narita (Simmonds & Narita LLP, CA), David Schultz (Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, IL), Hon. Annette M. Rizzo (First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, PA), Alan S. Kaplinsky (Ballard Spahr, PA), Laura Levine (Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, DC), Mary Colleen B. Beers (Capital One, VA), Scot Pluta (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, DC), Fred Blitt (Blitt & Gaines, P.C., IL).


Link to the full Legal Symposium Program



The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium (attached map)
Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052


Information on the Symposium via Twitter: @Legal_Symposium.


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