The Color of Credit: Combating Disparate Impact in Consumer Finance is sponsored by the Open Society Institute, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and organized by the National Consumer Law center. The symposium will focus on combating credit discrimination and ensuring fair and impartial access to credit through data analysis, the establishment of new policies and disparate impact litigation. Civil rights activists, consumer advocates, academics, and policy makers from across the country have been invited to address the historical uses of disparate impact litigation, obstacles to effectively combating discrimination, potential new areas of focus, and the policy implications of current and future efforts to stop credit discrimination. Joe Rich (Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights), Professor Ian Ayres (Yale University Law School), John Relman (Relman, Dane, and Colfax), Eric Halperin (Department of Justice), and Professor Ray Brescia (Albany Law School) tentatively have already agreed to present. This timely event will allow practitioners, regulators, researchers, and others to discuss, on the record, the past, present, and future work in this area and explore ways to improve the effectiveness of everyone seeking to end discrimination in the credit market.
The agenda will consist of a series of panel presentations and follow up discussions focusing on the: (i) historical uses of disparate impact claims in the housing, employment and access to credit areas; (ii) obstacles and challenges faced by past and current efforts to expand disparate impact litigation; (iii) potential new areas of disparate impact credit discrimination investigation; and (iv) policy implications and the impact on future work in this area.
The intensive program will offer excellent opportunities for networking and collaboration between the civil rights and consumer law communities. A reception beforehand will be held at the Open Society Institute on the evening of September 19.
Invite-only. Practitioners, regulators, researchers and others to discuss the historical uses of disparate impact litigation, obstacles to effectively combat discrimination, potential new areas of focus and the policy implications of current and future efforts to stop credit discrimination.
Deadline: September 20, 2010
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