"Why Consumer Protection?"
3 PM EST
Lesley Fair, Federal Trade Commission
Allyson Baker, Venable LLP
Khaliah N. Barnes, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties
Maia Kats, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Join current consumer protection attorneys for a telephonic panel discussion to hear tips on pursuing consumer protection law as a possible career. Panelists will share their experiences as private practitioners and attorneys at government agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of Justice. The discussion will also include ways the Section of Antitrust Law can serve as a valuable resource for law students.
Bios of speakers:
o Lesley Fair is a Senior Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, where she has represented the FTC in numerous investigations of deceptive advertising and consumer fraud.
o Allyson Baker is a trial attorney and civil litigator at Venable LLP with more than a decade of experience in the federal government and private practice. Ms. Baker focuses on financial services litigation and law enforcement investigations involving consumer finance, financial fraud and complex financial transactions. She represents banks and nonbanks subject to law enforcement actions and investigations, especially those initiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Ms. Baker was an Enforcement Attorney at the CFPB where she served as lead counsel in In the Matter of Discover Bank, which was one of the first enforcement actions in agency history and resulted in one of the largest agency settlements to date. She was a member of the initial team of attorneys hired to stand up the CFPB's Office of Enforcement. As part of this effort, she helped formulate policies on litigation and investigations. She also led an office working group that created, reviewed and coordinated research projects involving the application and jurisdiction of the Dodd-Frank Act and a group that coordinated the work of the Office of Enforcement and the CFPB's Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity.
o Maia Kats is the Litigation Director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a non-profit nutrition advocacy organization. As Litigation Director, Ms. Kats directs CSPI's docket of litigation against private defendants, consisting principally of class actions for false and misleading advertising. Most recently, Ms. Kats has litigated and/or negotiated class claims against Vitaminwater (Coca-Cola / false advertising of health claims), Safeway (recalls), Plum Organics (Campbell / misleading labeling re ingredients), and Cheerios Protein (General Mills / misleading labeling re ingredients), among others. She has undertaken several investigations of dietary supplements as well. Previously, Ms. Kats was a partner with the class action firm of Sprenger & Lang, PLLC, and has served as class counsel in numerous litigations including the TV Writers Age Discrimination Cases.
o Khaliah Barnes is an Attorney Advisor at the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Department of Justice. Ms. Barnes has taught Privacy Law at Georgetown, and previously worked at the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
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