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USD Law Professor Robert C. Fellmeth OpEd Published in San Jose Mercury News

USD Law Professor Robert C. Fellmeth OpEd Published in San Jose Mercury News

San Jose, Calif. (November 25, 2015)San Jose Mercury News published an opinion article by University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Robert C. Fellmeth on Governor Brown's veto of Assembly Bill (AB) 573, a bill that would have provided financial assistance to students displaced by the closure of Corinthian Colleges in California.

According to Fellmeth, executive director of the Center for Public Interest Law at USD, students affected by the closure of Corinthian Colleges are disproportionately veterans and former foster youth. "Both groups are eligible for public grants and loans that drive aggressive recruiting by certain predatory private for-profit schools, which then impose their own private debt on these students," Fellmeth explains in the op-ed. "The now-stranded students face a possible lifetime of ruined credit, given the special status of education loans. This will affect their ability to get jobs, obtain a mortgage and rent an apartment."

Fellmeth and others proposed AB 573 to restore up to two years of Cal Grant and National Guard Education Assistance awards for students who were unable to complete their educational programs. It also would have allotted $1.3 million to eligible tax-exempt nonprofit legal aid organizations to assist students so these loans could be discharged.

"Brown had a special burden here," Fellmeth argues. "He was the attorney general in 2007 when he settled litigation with Corinthian, allowing abuses to continue and accepting false promises. Then when advocates proposed reforms to the regulator in charge, he rejected a board subject to transparency rules and insisted on a 'bureau' with a single person operating at his pleasure. That bureau did not stop the abuse, and Corinthian was able to escape its jurisdiction," said Fellmeth. 

Fellmeth believes the Legislature should try again next year "to help these thousands of students, including many veterans, get the help they deserve."

Read the full op-ed on mercurynews.com.

About Professor Fellmeth

Robert Fellmeth is the Price Professor of Public Interest Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of children's rights, regulation, antitrust, and consumer law. Professor Fellmeth is also the executive director of both USD’s Center for Public Interest Law and Children's Advocacy Institute.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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