American Bar Association
Consumer Financial Services Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Consumer Financial Services Committee

About Us and Getting Involved

Mission Statement

The mission of the Consumer Financial Services Committee is to provide excellent educational and networking opportunities for its members, who represent consumers, industry, agencies, and regulators.

Committee Facts

  • Approximately 1400 members
  • Three meetings per year, including the BLS Spring Meeting, the BLS Annual Meeting, and the CFSC Winter Meeting, which is all CLE
  • Numerous substantive subcommittees dealing with a wide variety of topics which present CLE and non-CLE programs at each meeting
  • Both a young lawyers subcommittee and an in-house counsel subcommittee to address the needs of their members
  • Acts as a resource to agencies as legislation or regulations are promulgated
  • Publishes the preeminent annual survey of consumer financial services law
  • Sponsors annual Consumer Financial Services Institute for new practitioners
  • Publishes E-Newsletter

Areas of Practice

  • Housing and personal property finance
  • Truth in lending
  • Financial privacy, credit reporting, information security and identity theft
  • Federal preemption of state and local laws
  • Electronic Financial Services and Digital Currency
  • Stored value and credit cards
  • Small Dollar Lending
  • Credit discrimination and fair access to financial services
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Debt collection and consumer bankruptcy
  • Fair Access to Services
  • Compliance management
  • Deposit products and payment systems
  • Federal and state trade practices
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Pro Bono
  • Compliance Management

How to Get Involved?

Are you interested in joining or working with the Consumer Financial Services Committee? The Committee meets three times a year -- at the standalone Committee meeting in January, the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in April, and the Business Law Section Annual Meeting in September. Most of our work is done at these meetings and we welcome anyone to join us. You also can get involved with the Committee by submitting articles to be published in the Committee's E-Newsletter. Contact Co-EditorsYolanda Gamboa,Sabrina Neff, or Judy Mok. The Committee also has an active Young Lawyers subcommittee, which is a great way for anyone practicing in this field for less than ten years to get plugged into the Committee. For questions regarding this website or book publication ideas contact the Publications and Communications Subcommittee:Rachel Marin (Chair),Scott Adams (Co-Vice Chair), and Mark Emanuelson (Co-Vice Chair). To get involved with the Young Lawyers Subcommittee contact Dan McKenna (Chair) or Co-Vice Chairs Marci V. Kawski and Robert Savoie. You also are welcome to contact Andrew Smith, Committee Chair,Lynette Hotchkiss,Veronica McGregor, Thomas Buiteweg, Committee Vice Chairs, Grace Powers, Membership Chair, or Judy Mok, Membership Vice Chair, to find other ways to get involved.

Follow the Consumer Financial Services Committee on social media:

Twitter: @ABABusLaw_CFSC
LinkedIn: ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee, or search ABA CFSC
Facebook: ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee, or search @ABACFSC

Next Meeting

The next CFSC meeting will be held in Park City, Utah, January 6-9, 2018. See Programs, Meetings, and Events on this page for more information and to register. We hope to see you there.

Pro Bono Statement

The Committee has taken a leadership position in the Business Law Section's pro bono initiatives. It has identified promotion of consumer financial literacy as its principal goal. Its members have created, expanded and continue to update and maintain the website, which provides information in lay terms about the financial matters that have the greatest importance to consumers: home mortgages, auto finance, credit cards and student loans.

The Committee initiated a partnership between the Business Law Section and Junior Achievement to provide volunteers to present financial literacy programs at local schools across the country and its members are actively participating in the partnership. The Committee's members have also taken an active role in the Section's annual Equal Justice Conference, which provides educational programs that promote pro bono efforts by business lawyers.

CFSC Newsletters

Archived Materials

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Smith, Andrew


Buiteweg, Thomas
Christakis, Anna Katrina
McGregor, Veronica

Committee Roster  

Subcommittees and Task Forces  (click [+] for listing)

 Sub Committees

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

2018 Consumer Financial Services Committee Meeting

January 6, 2018 - January 9, 2018
Park City, UT
Section Events

    Basics of UCC Article 2 - Understanding Sales of Goods


    UCC Article 2 (Sale of Goods) directly impacts most businesses on a daily basis. Do you know what warranties come with the goods your client buys? What happens if the seller delivers defective goods, or the wrong goods, and your client wants to return or reject them? What do those shipping acronyms ...

    22nd National M&A Institute

    Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
    Las Vegas

    This national institute includes an extensive mock negotiation that will give you valuable insights on negotiating key representations, warranties, closing conditions, and indemnification provisions in an acquisition

    2017 LLC Institute

    Le Meridien Arlington

    Join us for the LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee Meeting , November 2-3, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia, at the Le Meridien Arlington and Waterview Conference Center. The Le Meridien group rate is $260 + taxes. The group rate includes complimentary access to the fitness ...

Surveys & Comment Letters

Uploaded Materials

Government and Industry Websites

Links to helpful websites and blogs related to consumer financial services:



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