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LAW OFFICES

FREEDMAN ANSELMO LINDBERG LLC


1807 WEST DIEHL ROAD SUITE 333 NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60563-1890
P.O. BOX 3228, NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60566-7228
630/983-0770 FAX 630/983-1487
LOUIS S. FREEDMAN
THOMAS J. ANSELMO OF COUNSEL
STEVEN C. LINDBERG *
JEROME E. RILEY JAMES E. POPJOY
DOUGLAS A. OLIVER WILLIAM W. ASA
BARBARA NILSEN JASON A. NEWMAN
CLAY A. MOSBERG JAMES V. NOONAN
MELISSA A. NESHEIM ** KATHERINE M. DONAT
KARL V. MEYER
ADAM J. WILDE * ALSO LICENSED IN FLORIDA
MARY E. SPITZ ** ALSO LICENSED IN CONNECTICUT
BRYAN D. HUGHES *** ALSO LICENSED IN CALIFORNIA
CHRISTOPHER R.G. WELDON
MICHAEL R. POLK
ANN W. LOPEZ
JONATHAN D. NUSGART ***

SUPPORT LOU FREEDMAN FOR NARCA PRESIDENT-ELECT

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I would look forward to the opportunity to serve NARCA as President-Elect, and seek your support and assistance
as I continue to work with Fred Blitt, Diane Darrow and the Board on various projects and legislation. As President,
I will continue my efforts to increase the visibility of NARCA in the media, on The Hill and in our State capitals,
with a goal of stopping unfair FDCPA legislation at the court house door.

Since my announcement of candidacy for this position prior to the Washington Conference, much has happened that
has directly affected our industry. Financial Reform, a high priority goal for the Obama Administration, is now law.
Although we await implementation, NARCA members should be grateful to our committees, members and our
governmental affairs partner who arranged for a Hill Day just prior to our Spring Meeting. As Chair of the Federal
Governmental Affairs Committee, I helped organize 60 members who blanketed legislative offices and created and
strengthened NARCA relationships with staffers, as well as Members of Congress and the Senate. They know who
we are! In the end, although we did not achieve the ultimate goal of gaining a “Litigation Exemption” in the
FDCPA, the people we met with understand our position and know we will be back when a promised rewrite of the
FDCPA hits their agenda. Make sure you are a part of this Team when we return to Washington.

In addition to my current NARCA commitments, I have in my six years of Board service sat on Convention,
Outreach, By Laws and Marketing Task Force Committees. I have presided over the rapid growth of a successful
law firm, and believe I bring leadership, management and communication skills to a position that will garner
national attention from the media and our adversaries.

I have had the opportunity to speak with many of you over the past months, and I trust you’ve heard my message.
Although the sky may not be falling as we speak, those on the other side of our positions on the FDCPA and
Financial Reform are gearing up for sweeping changes that could severely impact our ability to perform our
responsibilities for our clients. The FTC has labeled the debt collection litigation process as “broken” in their July
report to Congress, and will be looking to each State to change laws regarding evidence and notice, and will work
with consumer groups to “modernize” the FDCPA by increasing damages by 500% or more, while at the same time
ignoring technological advancements in the business world (can you say “cell phone”?) over the last 30 years. So
while you don’t need an umbrella yet, I am telling you that it’s time to start shopping.

If NARCA is to have a voice and an effective impact on legislation and rules affecting our practices, we not only
need the help of you, our members, in sweat equity but also by way of MONEY. Dues and successful conferences
may not always provide us with an operating profit. Our outreach in Washington does not come cheap, and we need
to rekindle media efforts that have been placed on the back burner due to budget restraints. NARCA needs to have a
seat at the table when rulemaking is discussed, and visibility in the press and in legislative offices requires an
experienced approach so that NARCA credibility is never questioned, and our voice is not only heard but respected.
Again, these efforts are not free. Thanks to all members who have participated in face to face meetings and
fundraisers for our Members of Congress and Senate. No matter whether Red or Blue, we’re on the right path!

One of my goals will be to find the right balance for each of our members to assist in these efforts. Whether it be to
write a check or host a fundraiser for a legislator, join a committee or help your SCBA, present “Avoiding the Debt
Trap” at a local junior college, or just write a letter to your legislator, NARCA success requires work.

From everyone. Big firm . Small firm. Big city. Small state. E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E. Remember, when you work,
NARCA works!