The law professor named by California Attorney General Kamala Harris to monitor the National Mortgage Settlement has launched a Consumer Protection Clinic that is designed to help ensure California homeowners get the mortgage relief promised by the settlement.
University of California Irvine Law Professor Katherine Porter (pictured left) has begun work to establish a clinic at the law school that will enlist attorneys and law students to ensure banks deliver promised relief to help homeowners avoid foreclosure and change unfair and deceptive practices, including robo-signings of mortgages and other alleged legal improprieties.
Porter will co-teach the Consumer Protection Clinic with a visiting clinical professor who will advise law students. Student tasks will include helping troubled homeowners obtain loan modifications; developing and implementing compliance plans to monitor banks; communicating with the public, homeowners and legal advocates about the settlement; preparing public reports on compliance; and providing advice and support to the attorney general. The clinic will also provide students with opportunities to work directly with advocates, homeowners, government lawyers and bank representatives.
‘This is a truly unprecedented development – not only the size and nature of the settlement and monitoring process, but also the involvement of law students in helping the attorney general aid troubled consumers,’ says Porter. ‘There is no other legal clinic like this in the country in terms of offering multiple perspectives on consumer law. It will prepare law students for sophisticated careers in law and policy – all while helping distressed homeowners.’