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Checks, Balances & the Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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Checks, Balances & the Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as part of the historic Dodd-Frank Act. This new federal agency—a signature achievement of Senator Elizabeth Warren under the Obama administration—was established to protect everyday consumers who utilize services such as credit cards, mortgages, and loans. But was the CFPB’s structure, and its quasi-independence from the Executive Branch, unconstitutional? A recent ruling by the Supreme Court declared that the agency’s structure violates the separation of powers. While the decision did not go so far as to dismantle the CFPB entirely, it did grant the President the authority to remove its director at will. What does the decision mean for the future of the CFPB, and for consumers’ rights during the current era of economic uncertainty?

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson moderates a discussion with Constitutional scholar Charlton Copeland, professor at the University of Miami School of Law, and corporate governance expert Jennifer Taub, professor at the Western New England University School of Law.

Speaker Bios

Jennifer Taub is the author of financial crisis book Other People’s Houses published in 2014 by Yale Press. She is also the co-author with the late Kathleen Brickey of Corporate and White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials, 6th edition, published in 2017 by Wolters Kluwer. Formerly an Associate General Counsel at Fidelity Investments, Taub’s research and writing focuses on corporate governance and financial market regulation. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Yale College and a professor of law. She teaches courses in Contracts, Corporations, Securities Regulation, and White Collar Crime. Read more.

Charlton Copeland joined the faculty at University of Miami School of Law in 2007. He teaches Civil Procedure I and II, Federal Courts, Administrative Law, and the Regulatory State. In addition, he has served as the Faculty Coordinator of the Florida Supreme Court Internship Program, and the Law School’s Washington, DC Externship Program, where he teaches Federal Policy Making: Legislation, Regulation and Litigation. He is a 2015 recipient of the Richard Hausler Golden Apple Award for the faculty member contributing the most to the student body both academically and through his or her extracurricular activities. Read more.

Jessica Levinson studies the law of the political process, including election law and governance issues. Her work focuses on ethics, political corruption, voting rights, campaign finance, ballot initiatives, redistricting, term limits, and state budgets. Read more.


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