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GW Law to Host “Navigating Dodd – Frank: Are We Avoiding Another Financial Crisis?”

Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) Hosts Fourth Series on the Progress of Financial Reform

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Michelle Sherrard
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GW’s Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) will host its fourth annual financial regulatory reform symposium focusing on how implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act is progressing and whether the measures adopted by the various regulatory agencies will be successful in reducing systemic risk.  The event will feature keynote addresses by GW Law alumna and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary L. Schapiro, and former Comptroller of the Currency John C. Dugan, as well as many other notable panelists. 


Friday, Oct. 26, 2012; 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW, Washington, DC
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)


Media should R.S.V.P. to Claire Duggan at [email protected] or Michelle Sherrard at [email protected].


8:30 a.m. – 8:40 am:  Welcome Remarks
Paul Schiff Berman, dean, George Washington University Law School

8:40 – 9:25 am: Keynote Address
The Honorable Mary L. Schapiro, J.D. '80, 29th chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission

9:30 a.m. –10:50 am: Panel Discussion “Dodd – Frank: Too Far or Not Far Enough?”
Panelists: Scott G. Alvarez, general counsel, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Richard J. Osterman, Jr., acting general counsel, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;
Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dennis M. Kelleher, president and chief executive officer, Better Markets, Inc.
Moderator: V. Gerard Comizio, partner and chair, Global Banking Group, Paul Hastings LLP

11:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Panel Discussion “What Could Cause the Next Financial Crisis?”
Panelists: Simon Johnson, Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) professor of entrepreneurship and professor of global economics and management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Karen Shaw Petrou, managing partner, Federal Financial Analytics, Inc.
Scheherazade S. Rehman, professor of business/finance and international affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
Anna T. Pinedo, partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Moderators: Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr., professor of law and executive director, Center for Law, Economics & Finance, GW Law
Chip MacDonald, Partner, Jones Day

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Luncheon and Keynote Address
(note venue change: Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC)
The Honorable John C. Dugan, 29th comptroller of the Currency; partner and chair, Financial Institutions Group, Covington & Burling LLP

1:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion “Trends in Consumer Financial Protection: Proceed with Caution”
Panelists: Mark Pearce, director, Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Anne Balcer Norton, deputy commissioner of Financial Regulation, Maryland Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation
David Stein, director, Promontory Financial Group, LLC
Eric Stein, senior vice president, Self-Help and Center for Responsible Lending
Laurence  E. Platt, practice area leader – Financial Services and Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Moderator: Benjamin B. Klubes, co-managing partner, BuckleySandler LLP

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The Dodd-Frank Act is the most far-reaching piece of financial services legislation enacted since
the Great Depression.

George Washington University Law School, long recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, pursues a distinctive research and learning mission that engages the leading law and policy questions of our time and provides students with an education that will position them to help change the world.  Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School was founded in 1865 and was the first law school in the District of Columbia.

GW’s Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) is a think tank within the Law School, designed as a focal point in Washington, D.C. for the study and debate of major issues in economic and financial law confronting the United States and the global community.  With an expert faculty and a comprehensive curriculum of interrelated fields of study—including an LL.M. degree in Business and Finance—C-LEAF also creates an intensive program for the study of the laws governing economic and financial markets and institutions.

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