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Fisher Program

The Frederick Fisher Memorial Program is held in conjunction with the American Bar Association's Consumer Financial Services Committee at the spring meeting of the Business Law Section. The Program format consists of a panel debate among
leading consumer advocates, regulators and finance industry representatives on a topical issue in consumer finance. The lively, informative presentation is moderated by a CCFL member.

The program is open to CCFL members and registrants at the ABA Business Law Section Spring meeting.

2019 Program

The Fisher Memorial Program was held on March 29, 2019 at the Spring Meeting of the ABA Business Law Section in Vancouver, Canada.

The topic was “Robot Loans: Artificial Intelligence and Its Place in Consumer Finance?”

The program  addressed issues pertaining to the use of artificial intelligence in consumer lending, with an emphasis on Fair Lending issues that may arise in the use of that technology.

The moderator was John Chiles, Partner, Burr & Forman LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The panelists were:

  • Chris Willis, Partner, Ballard Spahr, LLP
  • Veronica McGregor, Chief Legal Officer, ShapeShift
  • Nick Smyth, Assistant Director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection
  • Carla Reyes, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of R&D, Michigan State University College of Law; Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

Conference on Consumer Finance Law 2019 Frederick Fisher Memorial Program: Robot Loans: Artificial Intelligence and Its Place in Consumer Finance?

Frederick Fisher

Frederick Fisher gained international fame as a young associate at Hale & Dorr L.L.P in Boston when his name was unjustly besmirched by Senator Joe McCarthy in the first nationally televised hearings by a congressional committee. It was this attack that triggered the famous "Have you no shame, sir" speech in defense of Fred by Hale and Dorr partner, Joe Welch, who was representing the United States Army in the hearings. This speech on national television resulted in resounding applause by the Senate Gallery and was the catalyst for ending McCarthy's reign of terror and his censure by the full United States Senate a few months later.

Fisher spent his entire professional career at Hale & Dorr where one of early mentors was his senior partner, Reginald Heber Smith, the father of Legal Aid. Fred was a member and officer of the Governing Committee of the Conference for many years and was Chairman of the Conference at the time of his sudden death in the late 1980s. His warm and colorful personality made him much loved by the members of the Governing Committee.

 

Quarterly Report
Vol. 74, Nos. 2 - 3
Conference Elects New Governing Committee Members
by John R. Chiles, Chairman, Conference on Consumer Finance Law
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