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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Oregon Law Grad Proves Undue Hardship, Discharges $53k Student Loan Debt

HedlundAfter more than a decade of litigation, the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that Michael Hedlund (B.A. 1992, University of Oregon; J.D. 1997, Willamette University College of Law), currently a juvenile probation officer and head coach of the women's soccer team at Oregon Institute of Technology, could discharge $53,000 of his $85,000 student loan debt under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(8). Hedlund v. Educational Resources Institute, No. 12-35258 (9th Cir. May 22, 2013). His legal career nosedived after a difficult beginning:

After law school, Hedlund took a bar preparation course for the Oregon bar and then took the bar examination in July 1997. While awaiting the results, he worked as an intern for the Klamath County District Attorney. He failed the exam, re-sat in February 1998, and failed again. He lost his job at the District Attorney’s office for failure to pass the bar exam on his second try. He then obtained full-time employment as a Juvenile Counselor with the Klamath County Juvenile Department. While employed full time as a Juvenile Counselor, he enrolled in another bar preparation course and took two months off to study. En route to the exam, however, when he stopped for coffee, he inadvertently locked his keys in his car. He missed the exam.

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While it is great news that at least some cases of extreme hardship may be able to discharge debt in the future, this guy sounds like an idiot...

"En route to the exam, however, when he stopped for coffee, he inadvertently locked his keys in his car. He missed the exam."
He never thought to break the window of his car? Really?

Posted by: Todd | May 28, 2013 11:36:18 AM