Posted below is a brief snippet from Legal Ink Magazine that recently featured the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center (NCBRC). Legal Ink Magazine is collaboration effort spearheaded by Attorney Credits and is distributed to over 160,000 attorneys. NACBA Attorneys could visit Attorney Credits for on-demand CLE and a special member benefit.
Each year, millions of individuals and families across the country struggle to pay their bills. Often financial distress follows on the heels of other unanticipated events such as job loss, divorce, substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses and natural disasters. Bankruptcy may provide these debtors with the opportunity for a fresh start. The Bankruptcy Code grants financially distressed debtors certain rights that are critical to the proper functioning of the bankruptcy system as a whole. However, bankruptcy debtors, lacking both financial resources and exposure to the bankruptcy system, often do not have the ability to protect the integrity of the bankruptcy system and preserve the bankruptcy rights of consumer debtors more generally. The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys’ Amicus Project was created to fill that vacuum, and in 2010 the NACBA Board founded the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center (NCBRC) to further the mission.
NCBRC provides assistance either by working directly with debtors’ attorneys or by filing amicus briefs in courts throughout the country. In cases with the potential to affect consumer debtors throughout the county, NCBRC’s amicus curiae briefs address broader issues so that the legal effects of courts’ decisions do not depend solely on the parties directly involved in the case. Since its founding NCBRC has filed more the 40 amicus briefs in courts throughout the country. Recent examples of NCBRC Amicus Briefs: