Protecting Postsecondary Student Consumers: A Webinar Series

Protecting Postsecondary Student Consumers: A Webinar Series

Date and Time

  • Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.



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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

This webinar will examine litigation as a tool to protect postsecondary student consumers. Three panelists with extensive experience in this area will discuss their approaches. These approaches range from lawsuits against schools on behalf of a class of students to representing individual students to recover when postsecondary institutions engage in unscrupulous and predatory practices.

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  • 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

MCLEThe 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.

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Speaker 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 is a senior attorney at the Project on Predatory Student Lending at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. As counsel on individual and consumer class-action lawsuits, Victoria represents thousands of student loan borrowers who attended predatory for-profit schools in their fight for justice to eradicate their illegitimate debt. Previously, Victoria was a public defender at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) in Boston, Massachusetts, 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. 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
MCLE Info: coming soon

  • Winston Berkman-Breen, Student Loan Advocate & Director of Consumer Advocacy @Department of Financial Services, New York

April 14th  Register Now!

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