Oren Bar-GillOn February 3, the American Law Institute (ALI) and NYU Law sponsored an invitational conference on consumer protection, “Making Consumer Protection Work: Regulatory Techniques for Enforcing Consumer Protection Law.” Julie Brill, commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, presented the keynote address.
Four panels occurred throughout the day. In the morning, Joel Gurin, bureau chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs bureau of the FCC joined several professors of law and business for a conversation on disclosure. Next, Clayton Gillette, Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law, joined a discussion on “Default Rules and Safe Harbors.” In the afternoon, senior officials from the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, together with leading lawyers and law professors, participated in a panel on “Prohibiting Undesirable Practices—The CARD Act Example.” In the final panel of the day, Samuel Issacharoff, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, participated in a discussion on “Sanctions, Remedies and the Public/Private Mechanisms of Enforcement.”

Professor Oren Bar-Gill and Omri Ben Shahar of University of Chicago School of Law organized the conference. Bar-Gill was recently awarded one of two inaugural ALI Young Scholars Medals, which recognize academic work that is practical, focused on the real world, and can influence law for the better. Bar-Gill won the award alongside Jeanne Fromer, who is currently a visiting professor at the Law School.

Posted February 15, 2012