CLE and legal clinic aim to help homeowners prevent foreclosure

April 10, 2012

The law school's Pre-Foreclosure Mediation Project has two upcoming events in Tacoma: a free CLE April 20 and a May 5 legal clinic.

Seattle University School of Law's Pre-Foreclosure Mediation Project, together with Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services, Pierce County Dispute Resolution Center, the Northwest Justice Project and other organizations are collaborating to help homeowners facing foreclosure.

The free foreclosure mediation CLE is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 20, at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma. Topics include an overview of the Foreclosure Fairness Act; how to refer to mediation and how to prepare; the net present value test and post-mediation considerations. Presenters include attorneys from Northwest Justice Project's Foreclosure Prevention Unit: Lili Sotelo, Meredith Childers, Catherine West, and Joseph Jordan. Five CLE credits are expected.

The CLE will prepare attorneys for the May 5 legal clinic, where pro bono attorneys, law students and housing counselors assist homeowners facing foreclosure.   

For more information or to register for the CLE,  call Tacoma Volunteer Legal Services at 253-572-5134 or email

The Pre-Foreclosure Mediation Project, run by the Access to Justice Institute and the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, will help distressed homeowners involved in foreclosure mediation. The program is focused on helping vulnerable homeowners in Pierce County, which has some of the state's highest foreclosure rates, as well as disproportionately low numbers of foreclosure mediation requests.

For more information about SU's Foreclosure Mediation Outreach Program, contact Attorney Coordinator Angeline Thomas.

 Read more about the launch of the project.