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Fisher Program

The Frederick Fisher Memorial Program is held in conjunction with the American Bar Association's Consumer Financial Services Committee at the spring meeting of the Business Law Section. The Program format consists of a panel debate among
leading consumer advocates, regulators and finance industry representatives on a topical issue in consumer finance. The lively, informative presentation is moderated by a CCFL member.

The program is open to CCFL members and registrants at the ABA Business Law Section Spring meeting.

2017 Program

The Fisher Memorial Program was held on April 7, 2017 at the Spring Meeting of the ABA Business Law Section in New Orleans, LA.

The topic was “Too Much or Too Little, is the CFBP Exercising its Enforcement Power with Appropriate Restraint?”

The program  addressed issues regarding the CFPB’s approach to administrative enforcement, with a focus on whether its enforcement actions are sufficient or too great, and whether it is engaged in rulemaking through enforcement.  The program also addressed political changes and the likely effect on the CFPB including  structural characteristics of the Bureau, i.e., single director replaceable only for cause, and whether that has contributed to the direction of the agency.  

The moderator was John Chiles, Partner, Burr & Forman LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The panelists were:

  • Michael Benoit, Partner, Hudson Cook, LLP
  • Jim Milano, Partner, Weiner, Brodsky, Kider, PC
  • Christopher Peterson, Professor, University of Utah School of Law
  • Lisa Stifler, Deputy Director of State Policy, Center for Responsible Lending

Conference on Consumer Finance Law 2017 Frederick Fisher Memorial Program: Too Much or Too Little, is the CFBP Exercising its Enforcement Power with Appropriate Restraint?

Frederick Fisher

Frederick Fisher gained international fame as a young associate at Hale & Dorr L.L.P in Boston when his name was unjustly besmirched by Senator Joe McCarthy in the first nationally televised hearings by a congressional committee. It was this attack that triggered the famous "Have you no shame, sir" speech in defense of Fred by Hale and Dorr partner, Joe Welch, who was representing the United States Army in the hearings. This speech on national television resulted in resounding applause by the Senate Gallery and was the catalyst for ending McCarthy's reign of terror and his censure by the full United States Senate a few months later.

Fisher spent his entire professional career at Hale & Dorr where one of early mentors was his senior partner, Reginald Heber Smith, the father of Legal Aid. Fred was a member and officer of the Governing Committee of the Conference for many years and was Chairman of the Conference at the time of his sudden death in the late 1980s. His warm and colorful personality made him much loved by the members of the Governing Committee.

 

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