The 2016 elections and the new Presidential Administration will bring significant changes to consumer protection and consumer protection advocacy. During the campaign, President-Elect Trump spoke, among other things, about economic populism and addressing the needs of millions who may feel ignored by government. Yet recent moves by the Administration since the elections indicate that corporate and industry influences may lead to harmful changes in our laws that weaken consumer protection and civil liberties, including civil and economic justice for American consumers.
This webinar provides an overview of the new political landscape, as well as NACA’s initial plan to defend potential attacks and to seek to hold the new administration accountable to the needs of millions of consumers.
What You Will Learn
• What imminent policy attacks may impact your practices (e.g. arbitration, debt collection, class actions).
• How to improve communications with clients about consumer protection to encourage their activism.
• Which tools are useful for engaging with members of Congress.
• How you can help NACA protect consumers and consumer advocates.
Christine Hines is legislative director at the National Association of Consumer Advocates. She advocates before Congress and federal administrative agencies on consumer protection, including consumer financial services and access to justice. Before joining NACA, Christine was Consumer and Civil Justice Counsel at Public Citizen, where she spent seven years advocating to improve consumer product safety and individuals' access to court. Before Public Citizen, she was a writer and editor for various legal publications. She began her career practicing business litigation at a South Florida law firm. Christine received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in political science from the American University.
Ira Rheingold is executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). At NACA, Ira has testified before both Houses of Congress, offered commentary before federal and state regulatory agencies, and helped draft amicus briefs before the nation’s highest courts. Ira created and managed the Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance. Currently, Ira serves as co-chair of the Financial Services Committee of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). Previously, Ira worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where he ran its Foreclosure Prevention and Senior Housing Projects. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.