Consumer Law Symposium, with FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Ralph Nader, and Others

March 31, 2014 —


The Consumer Law Society at Georgetown University Law Center and Citizen Works present Making the Fine Print Fair – Consumer Law Symposium, featuring keynote addresses by Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, Meredith Fuchs, General Counsel of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader


Friday, April 4, 2014


Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


Regulators, practitioners, academicians and advocates will discuss the often incomprehensible language in standard form contracts, the effects these boilerplate contracts can have on consumers, and what, if anything, can and should be done to address this increasingly complicated feature of the marketplace.


9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Gregory Klass, Associate Dean and Professor, Georgetown Law
Bradley Girard, 3L and Vice President of the Georgetown Consumer Law Society, Georgetown Law

9:20 a.m.  – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address
Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
(Introduction by David C. Vladeck, Professor, Georgetown Law)

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Panel - Understanding the Fine Print, Realities and Challenges to the Consumer
Michael Rustad, Thomas F. Lambert Jr. Professor and Co-Director Intellectual Property Law Concentration, Suffolk University Law School
Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, Professor, New York University School of Law
Ashley Waddell Tingstad, Skadden Fellow, District of Columbia Legal Aid  
George Slover, Senior Policy Counsel, Consumers Union
Lauren E. Willis, Professor, Loyola Law School
Cathy Lesser Mansfield, Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law (Moderator)

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Panel - What Should/Shouldn't be in the Fine Print?
Deepak Gupta, Principal, Gupta Beck
Scott Michelman, Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group
Ira Rheingold, Executive Director, National Association of Consumer Advocates  
Nancy S. Kim, Professor, California Western School of Law
Marc L. Fleischaker, Chairman Emeritus, Arent Fox LLP
Adam Levitin, Professor, Georgetown Law (Moderator)

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Special Messages
The Hon. Neil F. Hartigan, Former Attorney General and Lt. Governor of Illinois
Peter Bailon, Senior Legislative Policy Analyst, ALICE 

2:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Keynote Address
Meredith Fuchs, General Counsel, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Panel - Has Disclosure Failed and What Could/Should Be Done to Make Fine Print Fair?
Jeff Sovern, Professor, St. John’s University School of Law
Anne Zorc, Assistant General Counsel for Law and Policy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
David C. Vladeck, Co-Director of the Institute for Public Representation and Professor, Georgetown Law
Margaret Jane Radin, Henry King Ransom Professor, University of Michigan Law School
Gregory Klass, Associate Dean and Professor, Georgetown Law (Moderator)

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Panel - Pushing Forward to Reform the Fine Print
Matt Wessler, Attorney, Public Justice
Christine Hines, Consumer and Civil Justice Counsel, Public Citizen  
Ed Mierzwinksi, Consumer Program Director, U.S. PIRG
Bob Sullivan, Consumer Reporter and New York Times Best-Selling Author
Theresa Amato, Executive Director, Citizen Works/Fair Contracts Project (Moderator)

5:00 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.
Keynote Address
Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate
(Introduction by Theresa Amato, Executive Director, Citizen Works/Fair Contracts Project)

5:25 p.m. – 5:35 p.m.
Closing Remarks
William M. Treanor, Dean, Georgetown Law

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