Consumer Law Scholars Conference 2020



Begins Thusday, March 5 at 3:00 pm, concludes Friday, March 6 at 5:30 pm



Berkeley Law




Yonathan Arbel (Alabama Law) & Roy Shapira (IDC Herzliya)

  • Theory of the Nudnik: the Future of Consumer Activism and What We Can Do to Stop It


Todd Baker (Richman Center, Columbia University) & Corey Stone (Financial Health Network)

  • Making Outcomes Matter: An Immodest Proposal for a New Consumer Financial Regulatory Paradigm


Samuel Becher (Victoria University of Wellington) & Uri Benoliel (College of Law & Business, Ramat-Gan)   

  • “Sneak in” Contracts: An Empirical Analysis


Andrea Boyack (Washburn University School of Law)

  • The Shape of Consumer Contracts


Craig Cowie (University of Montana Law)

  • Putting Money Back into Consumers’ Pockets: An Empirical Study of the CFPB’s Civil Penalty Fund


Nakita Cuttino (Duke University School of Law)

  • The Rise of FringeTech – Are Early-Wage Access Programs Payday Lending in Disguise?


Kate Elengold (University of North Carolina School of Law) & Jonathan Glater (University of California, Irvine School of Law)

  • Sovereign Shields


Luke Herrine (Yale Law)

  • The Political Economy of Moral Economy: A Reconstruction of “Unfair Acts and Practices”


Creola  Johnson (The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law)

  • Relief for Student Loan Borrowers Duped by Relief Companies Masquerading as Help


Nancy  Kim (California Western School of Law)

  • The Coerciveness of the Restatement of the Law of Consumer Contracts


Adam Levitin (Georgetown University Law Center)

  • The New Usury: The Ability-to-Repay Revolution in Consumer Finance Regulation


Melissa Lonegrass (Louisiana State University Law Center)           

  • Thinking Small about Tenant Rights


John Newman (University of Miami School of Law)

  • Antitrust in Attention Markets


Christopher Odinet (University of Oklahoma College of Law)

  • Securitizing Digital Debts


Nicolas Rojas (Universidad de Chile)           

  • Limits of Assent in Consumer Contracts: A (Regulatory) View from the South


Jacobien Rutgers (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Policing Unconscionable and Unfair Standard Terms under the Tentative Draft of the Restatement of the Law of Consumer Contracts and the EU Directive on Unfair Terms, A Comparison


Amanda Shanor (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School)

  • Whites Only: Illiberal Speech & the Future of the First Amendment


Ahmed Taha (Pepperdine University School of Law)

  • Advertising Opinions


Dmitry Taubinsky (UC Berkeley)

  • Payday Lending, Self-Control, and Consumer Protection


Stacey Tutt (University of California, Irvine School of Law)

  • Reducing the Negative Impact of Cancellation of Debt Income for Those Who Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit


Daniel Wilf-Townsend (Gupta Wessler, PLLC)

  • Collective Action in the Platform Economy


Conference is by invitation only.  Participants will cover their own travel and lodging expenses. (Berkeley Law has a very small amount available for those who could not otherwise attend.) The Berkeley Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice will provide breakfast and lunch to all attendees on Friday. Presenters and moderators are invited to attend dinner on Thursday evening. We have reserved a block of rooms at the nearby Graduate Hotel and Bancroft Hotel.

Questions?  For information on registration and other questions, please contact Ted Mermin at and/or Ben Hiebert at

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