National Consumer Rights Litigation Conference in Portland, Oregon

Hello from Portland! I am in Portland all week for the National Consumer Law Center’s annual National Consumer Rights Litigation Conference. (The conference starts on Friday, but I came early with my wife to take in Portland.)

I will be presenting on a panel with the Americans for Fairness in Lending on getting out the message on consumer issues through this blog. The other presenters will be talking about dealing with the media.

The Consumer Rights Litigation Conference is an opportunity for consumer rights lawyers from all over the U.S. to get learn from each other, exchange ideas, and network. It also seems to be a lightning rod for critics. Last year the Wall Street Journal published a completely inaccurate editorial, “Party at Ralph’s.

But there is nothing sinister in gathering to discuss the problems that are dragging down our economy. Many of the sessions this weekend will focus on the subprime mortgage meltdown, modifying mortgage loans for those in foreclosure, rescue scams, predatory lending, illegal repossessions, and more.

The conference helps all of us serve our clients better and advance the cause of consumers through representation and the media.