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FTC to hold free Legal Services Conference at Tulane Law School, PILF to co-host--Sept. 30, 2011

September 15, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, will hold a one-day conference for legal service practitioners and law students on Friday, September 30, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Tulane University Law School. The law‐student‐run Public Interest Law Foundation will co‐host the event.

The conference is part of the FTC’s Legal Service Initiative, an ongoing agency effort to reach under‐served communities across the nation by identifying abusive and deceptive commercial practices that affect low-income consumers, and developing strategies to combat such practices, through either targeted law enforcement, consumer education, or other support to legal services providers. The Tulane conference will assemble FTC and state regulators, consumer groups, and legal scholars to discuss consumer protection issues affecting residents of Southeastern Louisiana. Issues will include debt collection and relief, identity theft, predatory lending, and foreclosure assistance. There also will be a discussion of the realities of a legal career in the public interest. The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Director, David Vladeck, will deliver the event’s opening remarks. Click here to view a tentative agenda for the conference. 

The conference, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Tulane University Law School’s John Giffen Weinmann Hall (6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, La.) in room 151. Pre-registration is encouraged and appreciated by the event hosts. Seating is not guaranteed and will be available on a first‐come, first‐served basis. To pre‐register, send your name, affiliation, and e‐mail address to Nadia Mikhail at nmikhail@ftc.gov.

When you pre‐register, the FTC collects your name, affiliation, and e‐mail address. This information will be used for administrative purposes related to the conference only and will be disposed of after the conference. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or other laws, the FTC may be required to disclose your information to outside organizations. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the FTC Privacy Policy. The FTC Act and other laws the FTC enforces allow this information to be collected for the purposes described above.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Requests should be submitted via e‐mail to Nadia Mikhail at nmikhail@ftc.gov. Requests should be made in advance. Please include a detailed description of the accommodation needed, and provide contact information.


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