As part of its mission, the Center for Banking and Finance sponsors educational conferences and programs to reflect the ever-changing legal and policy issues in the banking industry. These conferences and programs also create professional development opportunities for law students interested in careers in banking and finance to become more immersed in the industry.
The center plans, develops and organizes the following conferences and programs.
The ABCs of Banking Law is an annual continuing legal education program that focuses on the basics of banking law for lawyers. This program introduces the banking law regulatory structure. It is designed for young attorneys and those who desire a basic framework in banking law, including in-house bank attorneys who do not work directly on bank regulatory issues, and business lawyers who want to understand how banking law impacts the banks with which their clients interact. Others who might benefit from the program include bank examiners and risk and compliance professionals.
ABCs of Banking Law
Mayer Brown, Charlotte
The Consumer Law and Consumer Credit Symposium is held at the Festival of Legal Learning and offers courses on a variety of issues related to the representation of consumers, with a focus on issues related to consumer credit law. Those who counsel consumers, those who counsel businesses that deal with consumers, and those who want to catch up on some of the rapidly evolving changes and regulations in the consumer marketplace should attend.
Consumer Law and Consumer Credit Symposium
The Banking Institute is a two-day continuing legal education program that focuses on important issues for bankers and their lawyers. The Banking Institute is designed to provide the highest quality continuing education on cutting-edge issues related to banking law. The program is the result of extensive planning by the center’s board of advisors, a distinguished group of banking law professionals from leading banks and law firms and reflects the board’s commitment to provide one of the best banking CLEs in the country. Attendees have an opportunity to interact with bank counsel, private practitioners, regulators, students, and nationally recognized speakers in the industry between sessions, at meals, and a reception. Participants will receive the North Carolina Banking Institute Journal, a collection of conference manuscripts as well as notes and comments on banking issues. The Journal is an invaluable reference for an in-depth treatment on recent developments of interest to banking lawyers.
Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte
This program is designed for women, people of color, and those who would add in other ways to diversity and who want to learn more about corporate board service. Topics include the job of a director, the skills needed and how to develop them, realistic approaches to advancing your candidacy for a board of directors’ position, diverse directors in non-diverse settings, and evaluating companies and opportunities. Enrollment is limited and based upon application.
Broadening Corporate Diversity: Earning a Board Seat
This program was inspired by the UNC School of Law’s Director Diversity Initiative program and is co-sponsored by the School of Law’s Center for Banking and Finance and the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Family Enterprise Center. The conference is dedicated to supporting high-achieving boards for family businesses. The conference also will be helpful for individuals who serve as outside independent directors of family-owned firms. Family business owners and independent directors will benefit from participating in sessions led by an experienced team of faculty, family business owners, and independent directors with family business board experience. Participants will learn and share experiences through interactive sessions that aim to provide actionable take-aways, practical insights, and thought-expanding questions.
Creating an Effective Family Business Board
The Dan K. Moore Program in Ethics is an annual continuing legal education program. This program is dedicated to the exemplary legacy of professional ethics left to us by the distinguished life and work of Dan K. Moore, the esteemed former governor of North Carolina and a 1929 graduate of UNC School of Law. This program is a must for lawyers who advise corporate clients as outside attorneys or in-house attorneys.
Dan K. Moore Program in Ethics
The North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks and the Center for Banking and Finance offer this program for bank directors of all experience levels. This program is designed to enhance the instruction provided in the Bank Directors College. Participants can network with other directors and stay abreast of emerging issues and challenges in the financial industry.
Emerging Issues Forum for Bank Directors
The Financial Services Compliance Boot Camp is a two-day program for compliance professionals in the banking and securities industries with less than five years of experience. The program was held in 2016, 2018, and will return to Charlotte in 2020. The program may also be of interest to attorneys and others who are considering careers in financial services compliance. The boot camp is taught by experienced compliance professionals, many of whom serve on the Planning Committee, and many of whom are also attorneys. Sponsorships are available. Sponsors are listed in program materials and receive two complimentary admissions to the program.
Financial Services Boot Camp
This four-day program is jointly sponsored by the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Center for Banking and Finance. It provides an introduction for directors of state-chartered banks and savings associations to their duties and responsibilities. The program features bankers, lawyers, academics, consultants, and state and federal banking regulators. The program was most recently held in 2019 and will be held in future years as demand dictates.
North Carolina Bank Directors’ College
Periodically, the center will create special programming around a specific issue.
The September 2008 Financial Crisis: A Legal Retrospective
On September 21, 2018, the center hosted The September 2008 Financial Crisis: A Legal Retrospective, in Washington, D.C. The event highlighted the roles that attorneys played in crafting creative solutions to the legal and policy issues presented during September 2018. Featured speakers included former Senator Chris Dodd and Sheila Bair, who was the Chairman of the FDIC during the financial crisis. A digital repository with video and audio of the program is maintained by the law library.