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Troubleshooting Mortgage Servicing Problems: Regulatory Responses and Advocacy Approaches 2013

Speaker(s): Annette Kirkham, Kevin Stein, Lisa Sitkin, Maeve Elise Brown, Noah Zinner
Recorded on: Dec. 16, 2013
PLI Program #: 43458

Noah Zinner is a Managing Attorney at HERA and a graduate of Berkeley Law School. He joined HERA in 2006 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and staff attorney with a focus on representing low and moderate income consumers on predatory mortgage lending and foreclosure prevention. 

Noah's work during the Wall Street-driven mortgage collapse and recession included class and individual litigation against major financial institutions and debt collectors for a wide variety of abuses against homeowners. From 2012-2013, Noah was a Visiting Clinical Professor at the UC Irvine School of Law, where he also worked with the California Monitor for the National Mortgage Settlement.

Mr. Zinner oversees all of HERA's non-mortgage financial justice legal work into many additional areas of consumer concerns, including predatory for-profit schools, student and medical debt, and abusive auto and small dollar loans. Noah engages in litigation and supervises staff in litigation, as well as supporting on office operations. In 2016, Noah was selected as a negotiator on behalf of national legal services organizations representing students in the Department of Education's federal rulemaking on federal student debt relief. Mr. Zinner also brings extensive litigation experience and expertise on mortgages and foreclosure related concerns.

Annette Kirkham is a Senior Attorney with the Fair Housing Law Project, a project of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. Annette has been litigating fair housing and lending cases since 2004, including multiple published court cases regarding the federal Truth in Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and California's Translation Act statute. Annette has also represented seniors and people with disabilities with respect to nursing home evictions, HIV-discrimination in residential care facilities for the elderly, and a variety of other issues in licensed care settings. Prior to joining the Fair Housing Law Project, Annette was a housing attorney at Mental Health Advocacy Project.

Kevin Stein is Associate Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC). CRC is a statewide membership organization of three hundred nonprofit organizations and public agencies that advocates with financial institutions for increased lending, investment, and financial services to low income communities and communities of color. At CRC, Kevin works on banking and housing issues, including efforts to fight predatory mortgage lending and foreclosure through negotiation with banks, regulatory and legislative advocacy, public education, support for local initiatives, and action research. Kevin is the primary author of several CRC reports relating to subprime lending, foreclosure, loan modification and access to credit.

Before coming to CRC, Kevin was Supervising Attorney at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project and Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, working on community economic development issues. Prior to that, he worked at HomeBase, a law and social policy center on homelessness. Kevin is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and Stanford University. Kevin was a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council in 2011, and currently sits on the board of directors of the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA).

Maeve Elise Brown, Executive Director and a founder of Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), manages operations, supervises staff and participates in the organization’s substantive work.  Her years of experience as a public interest attorney include litigation and administrative advocacy on behalf of tenants and homeowners, public benefits advocacy, community organizing, fair housing advocacy, community workshops, and trainings and technical assistance for professionals.  Ms. Brown has published articles on affordable housing issues, designed and teaches a course on mortgage lending and homeownership at UC Berkeley School of Law and is vice-chair of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board.

Lisa Sitkin is a Senior Staff Attorney at National Housing Law Project (NHLP) in San Francisco, CA, where she engages in policy advocacy and provides technical assistance, training and practice resources to attorneys representing low-income homeowners and tenants. She has been practicing law since 1997. Prior to joining NHLP, Ms. Sitkin was a Managing Attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates in Oakland, CA. Ms. Sitkin has counseled and represented individual clients in foreclosure matters, participated in policy advocacy regarding mortgage servicing and foreclosure at the state and federal levels, and assisted with mortgage servicing, predatory and unfair lending litigation. She has conducted numerous workshops and trainings regarding mortgages, foreclosures, loan modification and foreclosure rescue scams, including programs produced by the Practicing Law Institute, the National Consumer Law Center and the National Association of Consumer Attorneys, and has testified before the California State Legislature and other governmental bodies regarding mortgage servicing and foreclosure issues. She has been active in legislative and regulatory advocacy related to homeowner and tenant relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is one of the original drafters of the bill that ultimately became the California Homeowner Bill of Rights.