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Consumer Law 101

Credit(s): 6 CLE Credits
1 Ethics Credits
Course Number: DL-759
Original Program Date: August 16, 2013
Duration: 5 hours 48 minutes
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  • Category: Consumer Law

    About the Seminar
    Consumer Law 101 will focus on the most common types of consumer law issues and claims.

    Attendees will gain a basic working knowledge of:

    ■ How to defend foreclosure and debt collection cases

    ■ When to play offense in consumer law cases

    ■ Credit Reporting

    ■ Federal practice

    ■ The impact of arbitration clauses

    The program will conclude with an ethics panel discussion addressing the most common ethical issues in consumer cases. This seminar is one you can not afford to miss, register today! If you are registering for the OnDemand program, please ignore the timed agenda.  If you are viewing by live webcast replay timed agenda applies.

    Seminar Agenda:

      8:30 a.m.    Registration

      8:55 a.m.    Welcome and Opening Remarks

      9:00 a.m.  “The Best Offense” - Foreclosure Defenses & Counterclaims
                                Drew Radeker - Harrison & Radeker, PA

    10:00 a.m.  “Just Read the Instructions” – The S.C. Consumer Practice Manual
                                Sue Berkowitz - S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center

    11:00 a.m.    Break

    11 :15 a.m.  “Turning the Tables pt. I” – Defending Debt Buyer Cases
                                Dave Maxfield - Dave Maxfield, Attorney, LLC

    2:15 p.m.     Lunch (on your own)

      1:30 p.m.  “Turning the Tables pt. II” – Bringing Claims against Debt Collectors
                               Penny Cauley - Hayes Cauley, PC

      2:30 p.m.    Break

      2:45 p.m.  “Extra Credit” -- Credit Counseling & FCRA Basics
                                Shawn M. French - The French Law Firm, LLC

      3:45 p.m.    Ethical Issues in Consumer Cases
                                Drew Radeker - Harrison & Radeker, PA
                                Sue Berkowitz - S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center
                                Dave Maxfield - Dave Maxfield, Attorney, LLC
                               Penny Cauley - Hayes Cauley, PC
                               Shawn M. French - The French Law Firm, LLC

      4:45 p.m.    Adjourn

    6 CLE Credits
    1 Ethics Credits  

    Susan B. Berkowitz, Director

    Sue Berkowitz is an attorney and director of the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center.  South Carolina Appleseed fights for low income South Carolinians to overcome social, economic and legal injustice.

    She is a graduate of USC and Western New England School of Law, cum laude. Sue has focused her practice in the areas of health, welfare, hunger and consumer issues. She has worked on the passage of numerous pieces of legislation including, the Small Loan Act of 1995, the Family Independence Act of 1995, the High Cost and Consumer Home Loan Act of 2003, the eligibility increase for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (2007 and 2012), SC Identity Theft Act (2008), Payday Lending Act (2009)  and Unemployment Modernization(2010).  

    Sue works with a number of state agencies on policy issues that impact the low income community including changes to consumer and mortgage lending laws, the Family Independence Program, Healthcare, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, Food Stamp rules. She has authored defenses to foreclosure chapter for a manual produced by the South Carolina Bar as well as numerous manuals for SC Appleseed.

    Penny H. Cauley

    Penny Cauley is the founder of Hays Cauley, P.C., a law firm dedicated to representing consumers, with a particular focus in fair credit reporting, fair debt collection practices and foreclosure defense. She was lead counsel in Jamon Brim v. Midland Credit Management, Inc. which resulted in a jury verdict of $100,000 in compensatory damages and $623,180 in punitive damages for violations for the FCRA. Mrs. Cauley is licensed in Alabama and South Carolina, and admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama, as well as the District of South Carolina. She has previously spoken on the FDCPA and FCRA nationally on behalf of NCLC and NACA, as well as numerous seminars for the Alabama State Bar and multiple bar associations in South Carolina. Mrs. Cauley is a 1994 graduate of Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Shawn M. French, Sr.

    Shawn M. French, Sr. opened the doors of his The French Law Firm, LLC on September 15, 2008. He has offices in Mt. Pleasant and Lexington where he represents people experiencing financial difficulty. Preferring to leave bankruptcy filing to more experienced attorneys, Shawn offers guidance on bankruptcy alternatives, short-sales, loan modifications, and foreclosure defense. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2006. He lives in Lexington, SC with his wife and 4 children. He also feels that the word should be spelled ‘shortsale’ despite the fact that Scott Moise disagrees.

    David A. Maxfield

    Dave Maxfield has decades of experience representing individual consumers in disputes with insurance companies, banks, automobile dealers and credit reporting agencies. He graduated from Furman University in 1990 and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1994. In 2003, he obtained one of the highest punitive damage verdicts in the United States against a creditor in an identity theft case.

    Dave speaks regularly to groups of lawyers, the public, and on the radio about consumer law issues and is the author of the consumer defenses chapter of the
    South Carolina Foreclosure Law Manual, as well as numerous published articles on consumer issues.

    He is a past Chairman of the South Carolina Bar's Consumer Law Section, and is a member of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

    Andrew S. Radeker

    Drew Radeker practices law in Columbia at the firm of Harrison & Radeker, P.A., a general practice firm with an emphasis in the areas of property, consumer, and tort litigation.  Drew was admitted to the South Carolina Bar on November 14, 2005, and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court of South Carolina.  He graduated from the College of Charleston in 2001 and from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2005.  He is a member of the South Carolina Bar's Consumer Law Section Council and the Richland County Bar Association.  He is the real estate section chair of the South Carolina Association for Justice (formerly the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association).  

    Drew concentrates his practice in litigation.  Drew regularly appears before South Carolina Circuit Courts in both jury and non-jury matters, with cases across the state.  He has practiced before the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for South Carolina, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for South Carolina, as well as in the magistrate's court and municipal court.

    Drew's work has included representing clients in wrongful death lawsuits, dram shop (alcohol) car accident suits, litigation (representing businesses, shareholders, and business owners as both plaintiffs and defendants), false arrest cases, debt collection and mortgage foreclosure cases (representing both debtors and homeowners as well as creditors and lenders), consumer protection cases, and real estate litigation such as quiet title and partition actions.  He has been a presenter at continuing legal education seminars, including the Masters-in-Equity Bench/Bar CLE for the South Carolina judges who ordinarily hear real property disputes and foreclosures cases.

    Drew is married to Adriane Radeker, and they live with their children and their dogs in Forest Acres, South Carolina.  At cooking, and gardening, he is more eager than he is talented.  He has been known to grow peppers to make his own hot sauce, which has been said to be intense enough to induce hallucinations.  

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