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Financial protection UW Consumer Issues Conference theme

A workshop during the 2011 Consumer Issues Conference.

Major consumer financial protection issues will be covered during the 12th annual Consumer Issues Conference Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 3-5, at the Wyoming Union on the University of Wyoming campus.

This year’s theme is “Consumer Financial Protection: Who’s in Charge?”

Attendance is free for UW students and employees. Regular registration is $65; the cost for senior citizens and active military members is $55.

Exhibitors and those with academic or project posters are welcome to attend, said organizers.

Conference highlights include a viewing of the movie “Inside Job” followed by a discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Details, registration and the full schedule are at

The conference features speakers on major consumer financial protection issues across three tracks: banking and payment issues, regulatory and legal issues and investing issues.

Keynote speakers are:

·      Richard Alderman, director of the Consumer Law Center, 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 adviser to the president, Iowa State University

Conference sponsors include the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources AcademicPrograms’ Office, President’s Office – UW Foundation, College of Law Dean’s Office, College of Business, Department of Management and Marketing, Department of Economics and Finance, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, UW Financial Management Association, Wyoming Geriatric Education Center and the Albany County Tourism Board.

For more information, contact Cole Ehmke at 307-766-3782 or by email at