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 www.floridabar.org.
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.
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.