It is with sadness for us but excitement for her that we announce that our talented colleague and good friend, Professor Laura Collins Britton, is leaving UNC Law after three years to relocate to Chicago with her family. She is hoping to continue to teach in a clinical capacity at one of the law schools in the area, and we can attest to the fact that any of them would be very lucky to have her.
Professor Britton shared this update with us on the past year's work in the Consumer Financial Transactions (CFT) Clinic:
Students in the CFT Clinic represent vulnerable consumers on cases involving foreclosure, predatory lending, and unfair debt collection. This year, a CFT Clinic student argued and successfully settled a foreclosure case in Superior Court, preventing a homeowner from losing the home she and her husband built. Other students assisted an elderly client who was scammed by a door-to-door salesperson; a disabled borrower challenging illegal charges to her USDA mortgage account,;and a widow facing the unlawful repossession of her mobile home and land. In addition to direct client representation, students developed online, self-guided materials for consumers seeking to dispute illegal credit reporting practices. One student brought to the attention of state policy-makers a practice by online payday lenders who were seeking to circumvent North Carolina’s law prohibiting payday lending.
The work of these students and all of the CFT Clinic students this year has made a meaningful and ongoing difference in the lives of consumers in the Triangle and across the state.
We will miss her greatly, but we wish Professor Britton and her family the best as they embark on this new chapter.
Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Thu. May 28, 2015 1:56 PM
Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic