Before you watch “House of Cards” Season 3 today – check out some of these upcoming events!

3/3: Social Justice Tuesday – Educational Debt Relief

SJTConcerned about how you’re going to pay back all of your education loans? Want to learn more about income-based repayment options, public service loan forgiveness and UW Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program? Join us Tuesday, March 3 in Room 127 at 12:30 PM. 

 This is the workshop for you! Hear the latest on various resources and programs that are out there to help you manage and reduce education debt. Please RSVP if you plan on attending so we have enough food for everyone!

3/4: Practical Networking Tips: How to Work a Room

Receptions can be overwhelming, especially for the introverts among us. This session will focus on how to make the most of a reception, including how to prepare, how to enter and exit conversations, and what to do the next day.  This will be an interactive workshop with opportunities to practice these new techniques. Participants are also encouraged to attend the Legal Connections Reception in the evening.

Join us Wednesday, March 4 in Room 127 at 12:30 PM. Please RSVP on Symplicity if you are thinking of attending.

3/5: “Humanizing the Other: The Tyra Patterson Story”

For the past 19 years, Tyra Patterson has been incarcerated in the Ohio prison for aggravated murder and robbery, crimes Ohio’s former Attorney General Jim Petro says she likely did not commit.

At trial, Tyra’s defense was ineffectual. Her lawyers refused to introduce the 911 call she had made, and discouraged her from testifying because she, in their words, “talked like she was from the ghetto” and would not be understood by the jury. Not surprisingly the jury convicted her.

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center has been handling Tyra’s case for over a year in an effort to get her clemency. After hearing the 911 call, six of the trial jurors submitted affidavits say- ing that they would likely not have convicted Tyra had that evidence come out at the trial..

Please RSVP and join us for lunch on Thursday, March 5 in Room 127 at 12:30 PM to learn more about this case and David Singleton’s work on obtaining clemency for Tyra Patterson.

3/19: Litigation and Other Strategies to Help Reverse Mortgage Surviving Spouses

Advocates representing widows or widowers that were left off of a reverse mortgage loan taken out by their spouses have been struggling to keep foreclosure at bay. While the Plunkett litigation is ongoing, HUD has long promised a solution addressing this issue for all non-borrowing spouses. With the issuance of Mortgagee Letter 2015-03, it is clear that for most surviving spouses, HUD is extending only the “Mortgagee Optional Election,” wherein the mortgage servicer may assign the mortgage to HUD only if the spouse passes the Principal Limit Factor test. However, surviving spouses who have obtained a court order declaring the HUD regulation invalid as to them have been offered the alternative “Hold Election,” where the servicer can delay foreclosure indefinitely and then assign the loan to HUD when it reaches 98% of the Maximum Claim Amount. This alternative does not require a spouse to pass the Principal Limit Factor test. Hear from attorneys who are litigating these cases about crafting pleadings, litigation strategy, and opportunities to resolve these cases in a way that keeps widows in their homes. We will also explain how to calculate the Principal Limit Factor test in order to determine whether the Mortgagee Optional Election is a viable option for your client. 

Presenters: Sarah Bolling Mancini (National Consumer Law Center), Odette Williamson (National Consumer Law Center), Rachel Scott (Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.) 

Additional sponsorship for this Webinar is provided by a grant from the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living. This webinar is part of a series of National Elder Rights Training Project webinars for the National Legal Resource Center. 

There is no charge for this webinar. All time listings are in Eastern Time. If you have any questions email trainings@nclc.orgAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.