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Seventh Annual Business Law Conference: The Subprime Meltdown: Causes, Consequences and Solutions


October 3, 2008

The failure of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers; the recent Congressional bailout of AIG, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac; the incessant search for new capital to offset mortgage-related losses by once-thriving financial institutions; the seizing up of credit markets; and the increasing stockpiles of vacant and abandoned housing have collectively caused one of the worst financial crisis since the end of World War II.

How did these events happen? What does it mean for the future of the world economy? What corrective policies have been put in place? Does more need to be done by Congress and federal and state regulators? This symposium will gather experts from academia, the financial services sector, consumer groups, Capitol Hill, journalism, unions, and regulatory institutions to provide answers to each of these questions.

Conference Agenda

8:45-10:30 a.m.
The Housing Crisis and Early Solutions

Lisa M. Fairfax, Moderator
Professor of Law and Director, Business Law Program
University of Maryland School of Law


Christine Hurt
Co-Director, Program in Business Law and Policy
University of Illinois College of Law


Ann Kappler
Partner, WilmerHale
Former Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Fannie Mae


Kathleen C. Ryan
Counsel, Division of Consumer and Community Affairs
Federal Reserve Board


David Smith
Chief Economist
U.S. House Committee on Financial Services
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Break (Law School Atrium)


10:45 a.m.-Noon
The Financial Infrastructure
I. Michael Greenberger, Moderator
Professor of Law and Director, Center for Health and Homeland Security
University of Maryland School of Law


Alan L. Beller
Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Former Senior Counselor and Director, Division of Corporation Finance
Securities and Exchange Commission


Paula Dubberly
Associate Director, Division of Corporate Finance
Securities & Exchange Commission


José M. Gabilondo
Associate Professor of Law, College of Law
Florida International University
12:15-1:45 p.m. (Luncheon discussion)
Meltdown and Impact on the Economy
Karen H. Rothenberg, Moderator
Dean and Marjorie Cook Professor of Law
University of Maryland School of Law


Thomas E. Pérez
Secretary
Maryland Dept. of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation


Ira Rheingold
Executive Director and General Counsel
National Association of Consumer Advocates


Damon A. Silvers
Associate General Counsel
AFL/CIO


Teresa Tritch
Member
New York Times Editorial Board
2-3:30 p.m.
The Role of Credit Agencies and Insurance
I. Michael Greenberger, Moderator
Professor of Law and Director, Center for Health and Homeland Security
University of Maryland School of Law


Mark Cicirelli
Investment Analyst
Elliott Associates, LP


Claire Hill
Professor of Law and Associate Director, Institute for Law and Economics
University of Minnesota Law School


David Reiss
Associate Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School


Heather L. Slavkin
Senior Legal and Policy Advisor
AFL-CIO Office of Investment


Ralph S. Tyler
Commissioner
Maryland Insurance Administration
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks
I. Michael Greenberger
Professor of Law and Director, Center for Health and Homeland Security
University of Maryland School of Law
Hosted by the University of Maryland School of Law Business Law Program and the Journal of Business & Technology Law.


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