I want to thank Professor Jeff Sovern, a prominent consumer advocate and my frequent sparring partner, for his recent praise of our podcast.  Professor Sovern wrote:

Probably my favorite podcast is Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Finance Monitor Podcast. I learn a tremendous amount from it.  Yes, it favors the industry view, as it is certainly entitled to do, but many episodes are devoted to interviewing consumer advocates as well.  If you don’t listen to it, and you like this blog, you are missing out.

Professor Sovern’s comments were prompted by our recent podcast episode titled “Has America’s civil justice system crashed?” with special guests and consumer advocates Harvey Rosenfield, President of the Consumer Education Foundation, and Laura Antonini, Policy Director of #REPRESENT.  As Professor Sovern noted, our podcast guests regularly include consumer advocates.  We strive to impart valuable information to our podcast listeners and believe inviting consumer advocates to participate in our podcast is a way of doing that.  We think it’s important for industry members to understand the consumer-side perspective when making policy and other key business decisions.

Last month, Chris Peterson, John J. Flynn Endowed Professor Of Law, University Of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College Of Law, was our special guest for a podcast episode titled “The CFPB’s First Months Under Director Rohit Chopra.”

Another prominent consumer advocate, Lauren Saunders of the National Consumer Law Center, will be our guest for a podcast episode to be released next week.

The quality of our podcasts was also recognized by Good2BSocial, a top digital marketing agency for lawyers that ranks AmLaw 200 law firms based on their social media presence.  Their latest rankings, published in November 2021, rank Ballard Spahr #2 in the U.S. for podcasts.