Loan help for unemployed

November 11, 2009
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In a story in the Nov. 11 issue of Indiana Lawyer, recent law school graduate Amanda Whipple wished for assistance in repaying student loans for unemployed attorneys who volunteer at nonprofit or legal services organizations. Amanda may get her wish, if the American Bar Association has anything to say about it.

The ABA is lobbying the Obama administration and Congress to extend relief to recent law school grads who haven’t been able to find a job because of the recession. The ABA proposal doesn’t stipulate that unemployed attorneys have to volunteer their time at any legal services organizations or nonprofits.

The proposal would allow students to defer paying on their federal loans for as long as three years. But this isn’t a novel idea, since people with federal student loans are already able to defer payments under certain circumstances for up to three years. What is different about the ABA’s proposal is its suggestion that students be allowed to get federal loans to pay off their private loans. They’d then be able to defer those federal loans.

The ABA’s Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Profession and Legal Needs, which made the proposal, is also seeing if the amount of money a law student can borrow from the federal government could be increased and make that retroactive.

Law school grads have some of the highest amounts of student loan debt, so it makes sense this is an issue the ABA would want to address. If this proposal catches on in Congress and the Obama administration, I expect other professional organizations representing doctors, teachers, and any other group of people with student loans to also lobby for federal help.
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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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