The second presentation of the 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, will take place in Chicago on May 7-8, 2018.  I am co-chairing the event, as I have for the past 22 years.

Hundreds of people attended the first presentation in NYC, live and on the web, on March 26-27, 2018.  The live Chicago program has reached its seating capacity but names are being taken for a wait list.  Registration is still open for the San Francisco program where, for the first time in many years, the Institute will be presented on June 25-26, 2018 (and by webcast).  Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to act quickly to register.

With the resignation of former CFPB Director Cordray and President Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as CFPB Acting Director, the agenda and activity of the CFPB is already undergoing significant change.  Further significant change can be expected under the new permanent Director who is eventually appointed and confirmed.  At the same time, state attorneys general and regulators are threatening to fill any void created by a less aggressive CFPB.

As was the case last year, the lead-off morning session on the first day will feature a panel discussion devoted to CFPB developments.  I am very pleased that in Chicago, the first segment of this almost two-hour program will feature two senior CFPB attorneys: Kristen Donoghue, Enforcement Director, and Allison Brown, Deputy Assistant Director for Servicing.  The CFPB attorneys will respond to a wide-ranging list of questions about the CFPB’s  supervisory, enforcement, and other activities.

In the second segment of the Chicago program, I will moderate a discussion among two experienced industry lawyers (one of whom will be my partner Chris Willis) and an experienced consumer lawyer who closely follow the CFPB’s activities.  If your practice involves the CFPB, you will not want to miss this panel discussion.

The first day will also include a one-hour panel titled “Federal Regulators Speak: Priorities & Coordination” that will feature representatives of the FTC and DOJ who will be joined in Chicago by former Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Keith Noreika.  In San Francisco, the FTC and DOJ representatives will be joined by a FDIC representative.

New to the Institute this year will be a panel on the second day that I will moderate and that will discuss the rapidly changing landscape for marketplace lending and fintech.  My partner Scott Pearson will be part of the San Francisco panel.

The Institute will also focus on a variety of other cutting-edge issues and developments, including:

  • Privacy and data security issues
  • FCRA/debt collection issues
  • Class action and litigation developments
  • State regulatory and enforcement developments
  • Plaintiff lawyers’ perspective of regulatory and litigation issues under Trump Administration

Click here for a complete description of PLI’s 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute.

If you wish to be added to the waiting list for the Chicago program, please call PLI Customer Service at (800) 260-4PLI (Inside the U.S.) /001-212-824-5700 (Outside the U.S.), or email  Please mention the special 25 percent discounted registration fee available to our blog readers.

The special discounted registration fee will also be available to persons who register for the San Francisco program using this link.