Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the 12th Consumer Issues Conference with the theme of Consumer Financial Protection: Who’s In Charge? Content from the sessions is now available on the program page.

This year we had at least 234 people. At this year's program we were able to offer these keynote speakers:

  • Richard Alderman, University of Houston
  • Lori Stiegel, Senior Attorney, Commission on Law and Aging, American Bar Association
  • Holly Petraeus, Office of Servicemember Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Tahira Hira, Senior Policy Advisor to the President of Iowa State University

Call for Exhibitors

Exhibitors are welcome to reserve a table at the conference to display information of use to participants. To request exhibit space, please complete the "Call for Conference Exhibitors" form by September 28. The specific theme of the Consumer Issues Conference changes each year but consumer education exhibits on topics broader than the conference theme are welcome. There is no fee to be an exhibitor, but the conference planning committee will screen applications in order to ensure that that focus will be preserved.

Why This Theme?

The financial crisis of 2008 continues to affect consumers today. That crisis led to several new laws, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, as well as the Credit CARD Reform Act of 2009. A new federal consumer protection agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was launched in 2011, specifically to look out for consumers’ interests in the banking and financial sectors. Concurrent with the legal developments have been rapid advances in technology, especially in the banking area, where payments and money transfers are more likely to be made by electronic or digital means, than by cash or check. In this area, industry practices and consumer protections are still being worked out. Many people planning for retirement or other goals saw their investments wiped out in the stock market crash of 2008, and so many consumers are cautious about investing or are seeking to re-educate themselves in this area. Debt collection, bankruptcy, and student loans are also pressing topics in the current financial climate. Foreclosure issues and residential mortgage loan reforms are still making headlines. All these topics and more will be covered in this year’s Consumer Issues Conference.

Important Dates

There will be a poster session for authors who wish to present their research or project in poster form. The due date for submissions is Thursday, September 20, 2012. For more information review the Guidelines for Research and Project Poster Session (pdf).

Professional Credits Available

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences – 12 PDUs
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) – 9.75 credits Wyoming, Colorado
Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) – ½ Credit Unit

Fees and Registration

Registration is now open. Early registration deadline is 9/24/12. Student participation is free.