Protecting Postsecondary Student Consumers: A Webinar Series

Stack of books topped with diploma, with the text: "Protecting Postsecondary Student Consumers"

Failing U, the landmark report published by the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI), evaluated to what extent each state's laws protect our veterans and other student consumers from unfair and predatory practices by for-profit postsecondary institutions.  

Following up on that effort, CAI, the Center for Public Interest Law, and the Veterans Legal Clinic invite policymakers, prosecutors, and consumer advocates to participate in a series of free webinars presented by leading experts who will share information and strategies to protect college student consumers from unfair practices and predatory institutions.   

Next Webinar:

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 9-10:30am PST / 12-1:30pm EST

Litigation as a Tool to Protect Postsecondary Students


  • Nicklas Akers, Senior Assistant Attorney General - Consumer Protection @California Department of Justice
  • Victoria Roytenberg, Attorney, Project on Predatory Student Lending @WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School
  • Robert Muth, Faculty Director, Legal Clinics; Professor of Law; Managing Attorney, Veterans Legal Clinic @University of San Diego School of Law


MCLE: The University of San Diego School of Law is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider and this event has been approved for 1.5 hours of general MCLE credit. 


Presenters Bios:

Nicklas Akers

Nicklas A. Akers is the Senior Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Consumer Law Section of the California Department of Justice, which investigates and prosecutes violations of California’s consumer protection and privacy laws. His representative matters include People v. Heald (Corinthian Colleges) and the Volkswagen emissions litigation. Nick also serves as a Judge Advocate and legal assistance attorney in the California State Guard. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and UCLA, and he is admitted in California, Massachusetts and New York. Nick lives in the San Francisco bay area with his wife, Amy Akers, M.D., and their daughter.

Victoria Roytenberg

Victoria Roytenberg joined the Legal Services Center in 2016 as an attorney for the Project on Predatory Student Lending. Previously, Victoria was a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), where she represented indigent clients who were charged with criminal offenses. She received her J.D. from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. At CUNY, Victoria was a staff member of the CUNY Law Review, a student clinician in the Adult Defender Clinic, and defended students facing long-term exclusion from NYC public schools through the Suspension Representation Project. Prior to law school, Victoria worked as a paralegal at The Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Practice, and as a legal assistant at the Central American Solidarity Association of Maryland. She holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Political Science and Social Thought and Political Economy.

Robert Muth

Professor Muth teaches in the areas of veterans law and legal ethics. He serves as the Academic Director of the award-winning legal clinics program at USD, where he is responsible for academic oversight and strategic planning for USD’s eleven client-services legal clinics. Additionally, Muth is the founder and managing attorney of the USD Veterans Legal Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services to low-income, indigent and homeless veterans and their families.


Upcoming Webinar:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 9-10am PST / 12-1pm EST
Protecting Students from Innovations in Predatory Lending
Speakers/MCLE Info TBA

April 14th  REGISTER NOW!



Past Webinars

October 8, 2020
The Consumer Protection Needs of Veteran and Service Member Students
Presenter: Carrie Wofford, President, Veteran’s Education Success


November 18, 2020
The Nov. 2020 Election Outcomes: Where Do Student Advocates Go From Here?

Presenters: David Bender, Veteran Political Consultant and Political Director of The Progressive Voices Network and Ed Howard, Senior Counsel, Senior Policy Advocate for the Children's Advocacy Institute


December 16, 2020
Model State Programs: How Can States Enact Laws to Adequately Protect Students?

Presenters: Dariya Brown, Student Rights Program Manager, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, Angela Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), Ramond Curtis, State Policy Manager, Veterans Education Success

Watch  (there is a short period missing from the video, we apologize for technological difficulties at the start of the meeting)

February 10, 2021
How Advocates Can Work with the Media to Effect Change and Protect Postsecondary Students

Panelists: David Halperin, Republic Report [Moderator]; Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post; Sam Gilford, Director of Student Affairs, Student Defense; Kate Manning Kennedy, Senior Advisor, Project on Predatory Student Lending, WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School; Erica L. Green, New York Times.


February 24, 2021
NC-SARA: What advocates need to know to protect student consumers 

Panelists: Robyn Smith, Of Counsel for the National Consumer Law Center; Carolyn Fast, Bureau of Consumer Frauds & Protection, Office of the New York State Attorney General; Yan Cao, Fellow, The Century Foundation


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