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Financial Services Reform Will Be Topic of U of M Law Review Symposium Feb. 20 University News
For release: February 2, 2009

For press information, contact Jera Lynn Bradshaw, 901-678-4879

An annual symposium at the University of Memphis will examine existing financial sector regulations and discuss the possibility of changes to those regulations.  The topic is particularly timely in light of recent events on Wall Street and throughout the nation’s financial sector.

The symposium is set for Friday, February 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus.  It is sponsored by The University of Memphis Law Review, a student-produced academic publication of the U of M’s Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, together with the law firm of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz and First Tennessee.

John R. Dearie, executive vice president for policy with the Financial Services Forum in Washington, D.C., is slated to deliver the keynote address at 1 p.m.  Session topics will include “Risk, Rules, and Regulation,” “When the Government Becomes a Stockholder,” “The U.S. Move to International Accounting Standards,” and “Federal-level Consumer Protection for Modern Payments and Transactions.”  There will also be two panel discussions about financial services reform and consumer protection.

Special guests will include Greg Gonzalez, commissioner of the Tenn. Dept. of Financial Institutions, Courtney Geduldig, chief financial counselor to U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, and the Honorable David S. Kennedy, chief judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Tennessee.

The papers presented at the symposium will later be published in an issue of the law review.

Lawyers and bankers who attend are eligible to receive CLE and CPE credits.  Costs range from $140 to $260.  Details are available online at:

Registration may be handled online at the Web site above, by fax at 901-678-5208, or by mail to the U of M Law Review Symposium, Room 323, 3715 Central Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152.

More information is available from Jera Lynn Bradshaw by phone at 901-678-4979 or via email at

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