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The Center for Consumer Law at the University of Houston Presented a free CLE program,

“Dodd-Frank—What it Means for You and Your Practice.”
Obama Signing

October 22nd
Sponsored by the Consumer and Commercial Law Section of the Houston Bar Association

President Barack Obama signed the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law on July 21, 2010. The Act is the product of the financial regulatory reform by the 111th Congress. Originally introduced in the House by Barney Frank on December 2, 2009, the law is the most sweeping change to financial regulation in the United States since the Great Depression. It is expected that the law will affect almost every aspect of the nations financial services industry, with an emphasis on the consumer credit market.

This Conference provided an over-view of Dodd-Frank, and explained how its provisions might affect you and your practice. Topics included, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Community Banks, Whistleblowers, Corporate Governance and the regulation of Consumer Credit. Speakers included:

Richard Alderman, Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Consumer Law, University of Houston Law Center
John R. Brantley, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Jim Hawkins, Assistant professor, University of Houston Law Center
Julie Hill, Assistant Professor, University of Houston Law Center
Michael J. Lombardino, Associate, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Ed Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director, U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Relevant links, including Dodd-Frank Act

Whistleblower provisions of Dodd-Frank

Whistle Blower Articles

Corporate Governance Under Dodd-Frank
John Brantley

The New Consumer Protection Bureau: History and Expectations
Ed Mierzwinski
Blowing the Whistle on Whistleblowers
Michael Lombardino

Top Ten Changes for Community Banks
Julie Hill

A Look at Changes to Credit Laws under the Consumer Financial Protection Act and the CARD Act
Jim Hawkins