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Banking and Mortgage Experts to Debate Mortgage Market Reform


Scholars, mortgage professionals, and lawyers seeking purposeful conversation around the critical issue of secondary mortgage market reform are invited to attend the October 3 symposium “Reforming the Secondary Mortgage Market” at Hamline University. The event is co-sponsored by Hamline School of Law’s Business Law Institute and the Hamline Law Review.  Advance registration to attend the event is required.

The troubled secondary mortgage market remains a hot topic before Congress and the Obama Administration has already proposed three pathways to reform. To help sort through the issues and facilitate the discussion, Hamline is bringing together national and local experts from business, banks large and small, law schools, trade associations, consumer organizations and federal agencies to debate this controversial topic.

“We've assembled a great lineup of speakers," said Ann Graham, director of the Business Law Institute.  "This includes academics from highly ranked law schools all over the United States, financial institution trade association representatives from Washington, D.C., mortgage origination executives and their legal counsel, large and small banks, and consumer advocates.  I expect spirited debate on an issue that is critical to the U.S. economy.”

The symposium will feature a luncheon keynote address from former Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Gary Stern who will address the topic of Fannie, Freddie, and Too Big to Fail.  Stern is a noted economist and the author of many articles and books, including Too Big to Fail — The Hazards of Bank Bailouts.

The symposium will also feature four panels throughout the day with experts representing the full spectrum of perspectives. The event is Monday, October 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Klas Center, 1535 Taylor Avenue on Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus.  The cost is $175 (this fee is waived for professors and government employees). Learn more by exploring the symposium schedule and registration form pages of the website.