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

Four panels will focus on:

  • 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;

  • An in-depth look at the practice of consumer collection law and why creditors utilize the services of attorneys;

  • The roles and responsibilities of consumers, as well as debt collection attorneys, and the best available avenues for consumers to participate in the process and help themselves resolve their debts;

  • The importance and benefit of our credit-based economy, and why responsible legal debt collection is a healthy function of the credit cycle.

“NARCA has enjoyed tremendous success at becoming recognized by federal lawmakers and regulators as a valuable resource for information relating to consumer debt collection and creditors’ rights law,” stated Joann Needleman, NARCA President-Elect and Chair of the NARCA Legal Symposium Task Force. “The Legal Symposium on Consumer Debt Collection will broaden public knowledge and understanding and provide an ideal opportunity for experts to examine and discuss the balanced approach, processes and solutions that collection attorneys bring to the table.”

The National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (“NARCA”) is a nationwide trade association of over 700 skilled debt collection law firms.  Members are required to adhere to NARCA’s Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics, and attorneys employed by NARCA member law firms are committed to the fair and ethical treatment of all participants in the debt collection process.  They are required to practice law in a manner consistent with their responsibilities as officers of the court and must adhere to applicable state and federal laws, rules of civil procedure, state bar association licensing and certification requirements, and the rules of professional conduct. www.narca.org

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