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Consumer finance panel to feature Drake Law professor

On Thursday, March 28th, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will convene a public field hearing in Des Moines, Iowa, to discuss the agency’s Consumer Complaint Database. The field event will feature remarks by CFPB Director Richard Cordray, followed by a panel discussion with consumer groups, industry stakeholders, and education and financial experts.

One of the featured panelists is Drake University Law School professor of law, Cathy Mansfield. Prof. Mansfield’s expertise lies in the areas of consumer law, payment systems, and contracts. She has been on the faculty at Drake Law since 1996.

This public event is a part of the CFPB’s commitment to regularly engage with communities across the country. The CFPB has traveled to Philadelphia, Pa., Minneapolis, Minn., Cleveland, Ohio, Birmingham, Ala., New York, N.Y., Sioux Falls, S.D., Durham, N.C., Detroit, Mich., St. Louis, Mo., Seattle, Wash., Mountain View, Calif., Baltimore, Md., and Atlanta, Ga. to convene field hearings and town halls focused on consumer financial products and services.

WHAT: Field Hearing
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. CDT (Noon EDT), Thursday, March, 28, 2013
WHERE: Des Moines Central Library 1000 Grand Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50309

11 a.m. Opening Remarks Zixta Martinez, Associate Director for External Affairs, CFPB
11:05 a.m. Remarks from Elected Officials Attorney General Tom Miller, Iowa
11:15 a.m. Remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray, Director, CFPB
11:30 a.m. Panelist Remarks Moderated by Scott Pluta, Assistant Director Consumer Response

Sonia Ashe, Iowa PIRG
Spencer Cowan, Woodstock Institute
Cathy Mansfield, Drake Law School
David Pommerehn, Consumer Bankers Association
Carl E. Spradlin, Jr., Comerica Ruth Susswein, Consumer Action
Ruth Susswein, Consumer Action

12:30 p.m. Audience Testimony Open microphone for public participation
1 p.m. Hearing Concludes

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. For more information, visit www.ConsumerFinance.gov.  This site will also host a recording of the program.

This event was also featured in the March 28 Des Moines Register article entitled, “Consumer protection chief vows crackdown on predatory lenders.”