American Bar Association
Consumer Financial Services Committee

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 1300 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 on-line 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 delivery of consumer financial services

  • Stored value and credit cards

  • Credit discrimination and fair access to financial services

  • Litigation and arbitration

  • Debt collection and consumer bankruptcy

  • Compliance management

  • Deposit products and payment systems

  • Federal and state trade practices

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 stand alone Committee meeting in January, the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in April, and the ABA Annual Meeting in August. 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 on the Committee's website and/or in the Newsletter. You can contact Amy Durant or Grace Powers, Publications Co-Chairs, or Rachel Marin, Publications Vice Chair, if you are interested in submitting articles or website content. 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. Contact Dan McKenna, Young Lawyers Chair, to get involved with this subcommittee. You also are welcome to contact Nikki Munro, Committee Chair, Jim Brown, Julie Caggiano, or Andrew Smith, Committee Vice Chairs, Margaret Stolar, Membership Chair, or Carolyn Hann, Membership Vice Chair, to find other ways to get involved.

Consumer Financial Services Committee Leadership Roster

Next Meeting

The next CFSC meeting will be held in Los Angeles, California at the JW Marriott, LA Live, April 9-12. Meetings will begin on Wednesday, April 9, with Beer and Basics at 4:00 pm, and conclude Saturday, April 12. 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.

Join Us

- Join Our Committee
- Join Our Section
- Join The ABA


Chair:  Nicole F Munro

Vice-Chairs:  James L Brown, Julie R Caggiano, Andrew M Smith

Committee Roster (1325 total members)

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events
2014 Business Law Section Spring Meeting
April 10, 2014 - April 12, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live and the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles


2014 Business Law Section Annual Meeting
September 11, 2014 - September 13, 2014
Chicago, IL
Hyatt Regency Chicago
2015 Winter Meeting
January 10, 2015 - January 13, 2015
New Orleans, LA
2015 Business Law Section Spring Meeting
April 16, 2015 - April 18, 2015
San Francisco, CA

Comment Letters

Comments to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection

Listserves (help)

Members only listserve. To join, click "Join our Committee" above
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Subcommittees and Task Forces Click [+] for listing

 Sub Committees
 Special Committees
 Task Forces


2014 Spring Meeting
2014 Winter Committee Meeting
2013 Annual Meeting
2013 Spring Meeting
2013 Winter Committee Meeting
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CFSC Newsletters

Latest Issue:



Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (March 12, 2014)
A Look at HUD’s Current Mortgage Issues 

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (February 12, 2014)
Consumer Finance in a Social Media World

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (January 8, 2014)
The Year in Review

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (December 11, 2013)
The CFPB's TILA-RESPA Integration Rule and the Mortgage Rules

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (November 13, 2013)
An Overview of the Practice of Consumer Collection Law

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (October 9, 2013)
CFPB's Mortgage Rules - Ask the Regulators

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (September 11, 2013)
A Look at the GSEs and their Future

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (August 14, 2013)
Consumer Financial Services Litigation Review

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (July 10, 2013)
Putting the Bureau's Mortgage Rules Together

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (June 12, 2013)
Final CFPB Mortgage Loan Originator Compensation Rule

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (May 8, 2013)
The Bureau's Appraisal, Escrow and Counseling Rules

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (April 10, 2013)
The Bureau's Servicing Rule

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (March 13, 2013)
The Bureau's ATR-QM Rule


Government and Industry Websites

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

Modified by Graham Hunt on April 4, 2014

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