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 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 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-Editors Yolanda Gamboa, Adam Maarec, 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 Yasamine Christopherson and Marci V. Kawski. You also are welcome to contact Andrew Smith, Committee Chair, Lynette Hotchkiss, Veronica McGregor, Thomas Buiteweg, Committee Vice Chairs, Carolyn Hann, Membership Chair, or Grace Powers, Membership Vice Chair, to find other ways to get involved.

Next Meeting

The next CFSC meeting will be held in Park City, Utah at the Canyons Resort, January 9-12, 2016. 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

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Smith, Andrew


Buiteweg, Thomas
Hotchkiss, Lynette
McGregor, Veronica

Committee Roster  

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

 Sub Committees

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

2016 Consumer Financial Services Committee Meeting

January 9, 2016 - January 12, 2016
Park City, UT

2017 Consumer Financial Services Committee Meeting

January 12, 2017 - January 15, 2017
Carlsbad, CA
Section Events

Surveys & Comment Letters


Government and Industry Websites

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


Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (September 30, 2015)
Madden v. Midland

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (August 12, 2015)
The CFPB Begins Arbitration Rulemaking

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (July 15, 2015)
Disparate Impact Under the FHA and Beyond

Housing Finance Subcommittee Monthly Program (July 8, 2015)
A Conversation with the CFPB



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Modified by Graham Hunt on October 6, 2015

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