Consumer Law Scholars Conference 2019




Thursday, February 21 at 3:00 p.m. – Friday, February 22 at 5:30 p.m. (full schedule to be posted shortly)




Warren Room (Rm. 295), Berkeley Law


Organizing Committee


Abbye Atkinson (University of California, Berkeley)

Kathleen Engel (Suffolk University)

Ted Mermin (University of California, Berkeley)

Rory Van Loo (Boston University)

Lauren Willis (Loyola Marymount University)



Papers and Presenters


Contorting Boilerplate: A Common Law Warranty for Consumer Financial Contracts

Susan Block-Lieb (Fordham University) and Edward J. Janger (Brooklyn Law School)


Data, Debt, & Formalism

Danielle D’Onfro (Washington University)


The Federal Food Safety Conundrum and the Case of Lab-Grown Meat

Tammi S. Etheridge (Villanova University)


Consumer Psychology and the Problem of Fine Print Fraud

Meirav Furth-Matzkin (University of Chicago) and Roseanna Sommers (University of Chicago)


Justice in Arbitration: the Consumer Perspective

Farshad Ghodoosi (Morgan State University) and Monica M. Sharif (Morgan State University)


The New Qui Tam: Enforcing Consumer Rights in a Hostile Era

Myriam Gilles (Cardozo) and Gary Friedman (Friedman Law Group)


Are Employer Loans a Solution to the Payday Loan Epidemic?

Jim Hawkins (University of Houston)


Consumer Protection Laws and the Mortgage Market: Evidence from Ohio

Manisha Padi (University of Chicago)


The Company Store and the Literally Captive Market: Consumer Law in Prisons and Jails

Stephen Raher (Prison Policy Initiative)


Foreclosure Mediation: The Complexity of Measuring the Impact of Consumer Protection Laws on Borrower Outcomes

Carolina Reid (University of California, Berkeley) and Alan White (CUNY)


Modernizing Insurance Anti-Discrimination Law and Regulation

Daniel Schwarcz (University of Minnesota)


The Hidden Curriculum of Arbitrator Training: A Comparative Analysis of Private and State-Run Arbitration Hearings

Shauhin A. Talesh (University of California, Irvine)


The Strange and Unsettled Fate of Zauderer v. Office of Disciplinary Counsel: A Reflection on the First Amendment and Compelled Commercial Speech

David Vladeck (Georgetown University)


Personalized Price Regulation as Consumer Protection

Ramsi A. Woodcock (University of Kentucky)


The Behavioral Economics of Behavioral Law & Economics

Todd J. Zywicki (George Mason University)





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