June 2018 Bar Bulletin
By Diana Carey
Legend has it that in 1995, newly appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Karen Overstreet said from the bench: “I want to start a nonprofit to help people manage their money better and not get taken advantage of. Who’s in?” People were in — bankruptcy attorneys, accountants and financial advisers. The nonprofit organization CENTS (Consumer Education and Training) was born, with Judge Overstreet serving as the judicial liaison.
Her own recollection is that at one of her first judicial education programs, she attended a panel on starting a pro bono program using an ABA publication called the “Pro Bono Starter...