Hosted by the Montana Law Review, the 2020 Browning Symposium, "Consumer Law in the 21st Century," will feature a full day of educational programming with a focus on Consumer Law.
|Friday, September 25th
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Richard Cordray served for six years as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by a bipartisan vote of the Senate. During his tenure, the Bureau returned over $12 billion to 30 million Americans, handled 1.3 million consumer complaints that resolved many individual problems, and adopted new rules to safeguard the mortgage market that caused the financial crisis of 2008 and the deep recession that followed. He is the author of Watchdog, released in March 2020, about consumer protection and the role and importance of the CFPB.
Before joining the Consumer Bureau, Rich served as Ohio’s Attorney General, where he and his team recovered over $2 billion for Ohio’s retirees, investors, and business owners and took major steps to protect consumers from fraudulent foreclosures and financial predators. He also served as Ohio Treasurer, where he led the State’s banking, investment, debt, and financing activities. He previously taught at Ohio State’s law school and served as a state legislator and as Ohio’s first Solicitor General. Rich has argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including by special appointment of both the Clinton and Bush Justice Departments.
Rich graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College, Oxford University in England, and the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He lives in Grove City, Ohio with his wife Peggy, a law professor at Capital University Law School, and twin children Danny and Holly.
Chuck Munson, Moderator
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Panel No. 1 – Real Problems for Real Consumers
Moderated by Chuck Munson
Rob Farris-Olsen & Kim Wilson – Morrow v. Bank of America and the Further Development of Consumer Law in Montana
Meirav Furth-Matzkin – Consumer Contracts in Action
Laura N. Coordes – Unmasking the Consumer Privacy Ombudsmen
Creola Johnson – Debt Relief Scams in the 21st Century
The Honorable Kathleen L. Desoto, Moderator
12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Panel No. 2 – Consumer Law During COVID-19 and Beyond
Moderated by The Honorable Kathleen L. DeSoto
David Vladeck – The Erosion of Equity and the Attack on FTC Redress Authority
Craig Cowie – Is the CFPB Still on the Beat? The CFPB's (Non) Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Nathalie Martin – Bad Apples or a Rotten Tree: Ameliorating the Double Pandemic of COVID-19 and Racial Economic Inequality
Jim Molloy, Moderator
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Panel No. 3 – Reframing Regulation and Enforcement in the Consumer Space
Moderated by Jim Molloy
Jacob Rooksby & Kathryn Handick – COVID-19 and Corporate Social Responsibility
Amy Widman – Protecting Consumer Protection: Filling the Federal Enforcement Gap
Diane Thompson – Pay Attention! Regulatory Advocacy, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Marginalized Communities