From Wall Street to Main Street: The Future of Financial Regulation

Date(s) of Conference:

January 27-28, 2011


Chapman University School of Law


In light of the recent world-wide crisis in banking and finance, the deep recession and anemic recovery, and Congressional attempts to bring increased oversight and discipline to the financial industry via its 2,319 page Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Chapman Law Review is pleased to host a legal symposium on Thursday, January 27 and Friday, January 28, 2011, entitled “From Wall Street to Main Street: The Future of Financial Regulation.”

This symposium, which will be hosted in affiliation with Chapman University’s Center for Global Trade & Development, affords an excellent opportunity to explore whether the bill will impose prudential restrictions and restraint on financial institutions and prevent future financial melt-downs. Alongside a pragmatic look at this legislative reform, the symposium also provides a platform to discuss the underlying theoretical principles of economic regulation and the extent to which regulation helps or hinders financial discipline, wealth creation and a vibrant economy in which rich and poor alike may prosper.

Call for Papers:

The Chapman Law Review invites abstract submissions of 150 to 200 words from legal scholars and scholars in other disciplines interested in contributing to the current
debate surrounding the international financial crisis and the federal reform. Papers may focus on the efficacy of financial regulation – either as related to the Dodd-Frank reform bill or in general; they may also focus on the underlying theoretical debate over economic theory and/or market principles.


Some particular issues contributors to the conference might address are:

– What are the regulatory and governmental theories on which the new Bill is based?
– What is the relationship between underlying economic principles, the financial melt- down, and the role of regulation?
– Will the Bill prevent future financial melt-downs?
– What are some of the unintended consequences of the Bill?
– What should be the proper role of the Federal Reserve?
– Do consumers need a new consumer watchdog group?
– How will the Bill affect the regulation of derivatives?
– Will the Bill hinder new market growth?
– Should banks be allowed to invest in hedge funds or private equity funds?
– What role should credit rating agencies play in the future of the investment world?
– Should Congress address Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and if so, how?
– Can securitization be saved?
– What is the proper model for regulating Wall Street?
– How will the Bill affect Main Street?


The submission deadline for abstracts is October 1, 2010. Final papers will be due on January 27, 2011; however, some extensions may be granted in some circumstances.

Contact Information:

Abstracts and proposals for panel presentations on issues related to this topic should be submitted to:

Jennifer Fry
Senior Symposium Editor
Chapman Law Review


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