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in applications. I am excited our members
are taking advantage of this very special
program, which is extremely unique in
that it provides members with a possible
resource that can help them individually
while also helping association members as a
whole. And since my position is extremely
diverse, on any given day I also collaborate
and strategize with outside appellate
counsel, prepare presentations for speaking
engagements, give interviews to media
outlets, monitor litigation trends affecting
the industry, speak with members about
their possible industry-significant litigation
matters and routinely write articles and
member alerts for ACA publications.

Q
A

How Does Your Role Impact
ACA Members?
Scheibe Eliason: There's not a day
that goes by when I am not in some way
fighting to advance the industry's interests
in the courts. ACA's Industry Advancement
Program has allowed the association to
undertake critically important litigation
advocacy work for its members in the nearly
four years since its inception.
In that time, 55 cases have received
some sort of support through the
Industry Advancement Program. This
is a precipitous rise in our advocacy
efforts since the ACA Board of Directors
took the important step of beginning
the Industry Advancement Program,
instead of only relying on voluntary
contributions. And also in that time,
ACA has filed amicus briefs in 32 cases
impacting the collection industry. These
briefs are often the only opportunity for
ACA to participate in appeals that present
significant legal issues or may lead to
harmful precedent for the industry.

Q
A

What's the Most Challenging
Part of Your Job?
Scheibe Eliason: Getting the vast
machinery of government and the
courts to work on behalf of, at times, an
unpopular industry or issue is hard work,
and can leave you wondering about the
very nature of our democratic process
and the legal virtues of due process. What

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reinvigorates me is spending time with
members. There is nothing like the cold
hard truth to help me focus the association's
litigation priorities.
Also, we are in unchartered waters with
respect to government regulation and the
incredible continued increase in the number
of FDCPA, TCPA and FCRA cases and classaction lawsuits filed in federal courts across
the country. ACA is the largest membership
trade organization in the credit and
collection industry, and no other has done
what we have done by creating the Industry
Advancement Program. But there is no
road map. Every single day I have to make
sure that I am identifying, monitoring and
supporting the most important and the most
impactful cases for our members. I have to
make sure we have our bases covered at all
times. That's tough.

Q
A

What is the Most Rewarding
Part of Your Job?
Scheibe Eliason: If I am ever feeling
overwhelmed by work on a given day
or by the significant responsibility I have
to advocate and achieve results for ACA's
membership on some of the most critical
legal issues that impact them, that feeling
is erased when I receive notification "we
won"-that ACA's assistance through the
Industry Advancement Program helped
lead to a significant court decision positively
impacting ACA members.
It is thrilling to be able to help ACA play
an important role in litigation advocacy
by supporting cases through the Industry
Advancement Program, and it feels

professionally satisfying to know that I
frequently identify the right issues, and the
right cases for the association to support,
and that the Judicial Committee agrees with
my recommendations.

Q
A

Can You Tell Me About a
Professional Highlight From
Your Time at ACA?
Scheibe Eliason: I'm proud of
the work I have done to implement
the various components of the Industry
Advancement Program, and to build a
successful judicial advocacy program from its
inception, which offers each and every member
an incredibly unique and valuable resource.
And ACA's recent U.S. Supreme Court
success in the Midland Funding, LLC v.
Johnson case has also definitely been a
career highlight. I'm particularly proud of
my work on this case because I identified
the issue back in 2014, when the claim
really took off after the Eleventh Circuit
issued its decision in Crawford v. LVNV
Funding. We fought this issue in the U.S.
Supreme Court both in Crawford and in
Midland, as well as in various appellate
courts across the country.
It took a lot of work, but we finally got
the case across the goal line and got a really
nice U.S. Supreme Court decision, the right
decision, for our members.

Did You Know?
2,400

Number of court decisions
impacting the credit and
collection industry reviewed
each year.

MARIA WOLVIN

Vice President and Senior Counsel of Regulatory Affairs
Based in ACA's Washington, D.C., office, Maria Wolvin leads the
association's regulatory advocacy efforts, including creating and
implementing ACA's federal regulatory strategy. Since joining ACA
in 2014, Wolvin has been instrumental in ensuring federal regulators
hear the voice of the credit and collection industry through
meetings, well-crafted comment letters and various regulatory initiatives.
Wolvin earned a bachelor's degree in politics from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa., and a
law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Mich. Prior to working

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