Friday, January 2, 2009

University of Memphis Law Review Spring Symposium 2009

Rethinking the U.S. Regulatory Structure Governing Financial Institutions: 21st Century Solutions for a 21st Century Marketplace
Friday, February 20, 2009
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The University of Memphis, FedEx Institute of Technology
Co-Sponsored by:
First Horizon National Corporation

"The U.S. regulatory structure reflects a system, much of it created over seventy years ago, grappling to keep pace with market evolutions and, facing increasing difficulties, at times, in preventing and anticipating financial crises."

-The Department of the Treasury Blueprint for a
Modernized Financial Regulatory Structure
(released in March 2008)

The University of Memphis Law Review is pleased to announce its annual Spring Symposium to be held at The University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. This symposium will explore the myriad legal and policy issues surrounding federal regulatory reform governing financial institutions. In early 2008, the Department of the Treasury issued a Blueprint for a Modernized Financial Regulatory Structure, which is the most recent of a long line of careful studies addressing the Federal regulatory structure applicable to financial institutions. The Blueprint was a response to mounting concerns about the performance, safety and health of financial institutions. It was intended to modernize government’s approach to preserving market stability, enhancing U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace and promoting consumer protection.

Since the Blueprint's release, turmoil in world financial markets has grown significantly. The U.S. economy is in the midst of perhaps its most severe contraction since the Great Depression. Many in government, business, the press and the academy blame the current financial crisis on excessive governmental deregulation of financial markets. Others point the finger at negligent regulators, meddling political players, faulty assumptions and underlying structural failures. Regardless of where fault can best be rested, it is clear that today’s regulatory framework for financial services needs serious reexamination and perhaps deep reform, both to correct current ills and to guard against future problems.

This symposium will focus on a broad range of topics concerning the short and long term goals of and approaches to financial services reform, including those set forth in the Blueprint and others surfacing since it was released. Presenters will discuss their ongoing scholarship in areas pertinent to today’s financial markets crisis. The specific topics of that scholarship (risk-based regulatory objectives, the impact of unfolding Federal bailout legislation, accounting and financial reporting, consumer protection) will afford springboards throughout the day for broader-ranging discussions and commentary by panelists.

CLE Credits

The Law Review has requested CLE credit approval for 4.5 general hours from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

Registration Fees
MBA Member: $200.00
Non-MBA Member: $260.00
Governmental Attorney: $140.00
Non-attorney or no CLE needed: $140.00

The registration fee covers the conference sessions, parking, breakfast, and lunch.

For more information please contact:

Jera L. Bradshaw
Symposium Editor
The University of Memphis Law Review
Telephone: (901) 581-3539


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