The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the Consumer Protection Law Committee present
Introduction to the Practice of Consumer Law

Course Classification: Intermediate Level
Live Presentation
Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Annual Florida Bar Convention
Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton

Course No. 1726R

The course will introduce basic concepts, ethical considerations and explore consumer law connections to all areas of practice. Participants will learn what is involved in starting a consumer law practice, federal consumer laws and how to analyze potential cases, the basics regarding auto fraud, class actions, debt collection, credit reporting, foreclosure and warranties and hear from top consumer advocates about the practice of consumer law.

To register for the June 29, 2013 presentation, you must use the Annual Convention registration form in the May 1 Bar Journal or at

Note: Only use this brochure to register for the realtime/live webcast or to order the course book.

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Introduction to Consumer Law
Ira Rheingold, Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, Washington, DC

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Auto Fraud
Ronald Burdge, Attorney, Dayton, Ohio

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Warranties and Other Tangible Consumer Products
Janet Smith, Head of Florida’s Lemon Law Program
Rebecca Covey, Attorney, Ft. Lauderdale

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Overview of Federal Consumer Protection Laws
Ira Rheingold,Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, Washington, DC
Andrew Pizor, Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center, Washington, D.C.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
CFB and the Office of Enforcement
Gerald Sachs, Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, Southeast Region, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Class Actions: Developing an Effective and Ethical Practice
Janet Varnell, Chair of the Consumer Protection Law Committee, The Villages
John Yanchunis, Attorney, Tampa
Robert W. Murphy, Attorney, Ft. Lauderdale

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dealing with Distressed Debtors: Overview of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act
Steve Fahlgren, Attorney, Hilliard
Jared Lee, Attorney, Tampa

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Foreclosure Update: Substantive, Procedural and Ethical Issues
Margery Golant, Vice Chair, Consumer Protection Committee, Boca Raton
Lynn Drysdale, Attorney, Jacksonville

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1726-PI-13-WEBCAST Brochure.pdf1726-PI-13-WEBCAST Brochure.pdf

To register for the live Webcast, please print and complete the registration form then send with payment by mail or fax. Call The Florida Bar Order Entry Department at (800) 342-8060 ext. 5831 with any questions.

WEB CAST CONNECTION: Live web cast attendees receive course materials and audio via the Internet. Connection instructions will be e-mailed 2 days prior to scheduled course; or contact The Florida Bar Order Entry Department at 850-561-5831 for instructions 2 days prior to the event.

Florida Bar CLE Courses feature electronic course materials for all live presentations, live webcasts, webinars, teleseminars, audio CDs and video Dvds. This searchable electronic material can be downloaded and printed and is available via e-mail several days in advance of the live presentation or thereafter for purchased products. The Course Book can be purchased separately. Effective July 1, 2010.


Credit may be applied to more than one of the programs above but cannot exceed the maximum for any given program. Please keep a record of credit hours earned. RETURN YOUR COMPLETED CLER AFFIDAVIT PRIOR TO CLER REPORTING DATE (see Bar News label). (Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 6-10.5).

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[Revised: 06-01-2008]


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