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Class Action in Consumer Finance Agreements

Litigation Practice Group Teleforum Monday, July 25, 02:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), passed in 1925, generally requires courts to look favorably upon all arbitration agreements. In 2011, the Supreme Court upheld an arbitration agreement in a contract for mobile phone services that contained a class action ban. The court ruled that a state law that prevented the class action ban from being enforced was “an obstacle to the accomplishment of the FAA’s objectives.”

However, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, which authorizes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to study arbitration agreements in consumer contracts and limit or prohibit them if doing so would be in the public interest and for the protection of consumers. In May 2016, the CFPB issued a proposed rule that would ban arbitration agreements that acted to prevent class action lawsuits and would further establish certain reporting requirements for other arbitrations that are filed between consumers and providers.

Our experts will discuss this proposed rule, including the history that led us to this point and the potential impact it will have if it is finalized.


  • Thaddeus King, Officer, Consumer Banking,The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Prof. Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Supreme Court Round Up (2015-2016)

Tulsa Lawyers Chapter Monday, July 25, 05:30 PMSummit Club (Renaissance)
15 W 6th St
Tulsa, OK 74119


  • Ilya Shapiro - Editor-in-Chief, Cato Institute Supreme Court Review
  • Patrick Wyrick - Solicitor General, State of Oklahoma
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Jamie McDonald - Visiting Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law; Former Law Clerk to Chief Justice Roberts

Reviewing The Supreme Court’s 2015/16 Term: A Panel Discussion

Colorado Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, July 26, 12:00 PMGreenberg Traurig
1200 17th Street, Suite 2400
Denver, CO 80202

Opening Remarks:

  • Honorable Timothy Tymkovich, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit


  • Richard Westfall, Hale Westfall LLP & former clerk to Justice Byron White
  • Prof. Melissa Hart, University of Colorado Law School & former clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens
  • Prof. Rob Natelson (ret.), Independence Institute Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence


  • Honorable Dennis Graham, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeal

The Ferguson Effect, The War on Cops, Over-Incarceration, and more!

Miami Lawyers Chapter Tuesday, July 26, 05:30 PMThe Coral Gables Country Club
990 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, FL 33134


  • Heather MacDonaldThomas W. Smith Fellow, The Manhattan Institute, New York City
  • Tamara Lawson - Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida

Moderator, William Shepherd, Esq. - Partner, Holland & Knight, Former Florida Statewide Prosecutor

Summer Happy Hour

DC Young Lawyers Chapter Wednesday, July 27, 06:00 PMIrish Whiskey Public House
1207 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036


  • Sarah Isgur Flores - Former Deputy Campaign Manager at Carly for President


Chicago Summer Social

Chicago Lawyers Chapter Wednesday, August 03, 05:30 PMSkyline Club
307 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

2016 James Kent Summer Academy

2016 Faculty Division Summer Conference for Students Interested in Academia Wednesday, August 03, 06:00 PMLoews Annapolis Hotel
126 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Annapolis Maryland Main Street

The Federalist Society’s James Kent Summer Academy is a new program for students and recent graduates who demonstrate strong potential for being leaders among a future generation of legal scholars. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in academic discourse, to learn about an academic career track, to deepen their understanding of key ideas about the law, the founding period, originalism, religious liberty, and markets and the law, and to receive some personalized career planning and publishing guidance. Confirmed faculty include Randy Barnett (Georgetown) and Daniel Kelly (Notre Dame), among others.

The Academy will take place in early August in Annapolis, MD. This all-expenses-paid conference will include seminar-style sessions guided by a group of leading faculty, informational sessions and workshops for professional development, and the opportunity to connect to a community of talented students and scholars. Participants will also receive invitations to ongoing events and academic and professional development resources throughout the year.  

The program is intended for students and recent graduates (three years or less out of law school), including prospective or current clerks, with a serious interest in an academic career, who would contribute to the intellectual diversity of the legal academy, and who are beginning to develop their legal scholarship. Applicants should possess strong academic qualifications.

Applications are due no later than March 30, 2016.


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