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Monday, January 25, 2010

Kirsten Keefe, Consumer Housing Attorney, to Address Albany Roundtable on 2/10

Empire Justice Center attorney to discuss predatory lending, foreclosure issues

ALBANY, NY – January 25, 2010 – Kirsten Keefe, a senior staff attorney with the Consumer Housing, C.A.S.H. and Community Development Unit in the Albany office of the Empire Justice Center, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, February 10.

She will discuss the subprime and foreclosure crisis as it relates to New York State, and outline the innovative steps the state has taken to help homeowners in terms of foreclosure prevention.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are now held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, but remain open to the public.

Kirsten works on anti-predatory lending initiatives and is a member of the HomeSave Coalition of the Capital Region. Lately she has been focusing on policy and legislative work on the state and federal levels. She is also frequent trainer of counselors and lawyers on consumer law issues and taught consumer law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University.

Kirsten is also the founding director of Americans for Fairness in Lending, a national message campaign to raise awareness of abusive lending practices and push for regulation and was appointed in 2009 as a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Reservations for the February 10 luncheon are required by Monday, February 8 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for a unique gift donated by master woodworker Peter Leue.