Alan Kaplinsky, a senior partner at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP who is recognized as a national leader on the subject of consumer financial services law, addressed journalists during a seminar at Loyola Law School today.

His presentation came on the heels of President Barack Obama's recently introduced blueprint for financial regulatory reform, including the proposed establishment of a consumer protection agency. Mr. Kaplinsky, who is partner-in-charge of Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Group, has spent most of his 40-year career giving advice to banks and other financial services providers. He pioneered the use of pre-dispute arbitration provisions in consumer contracts.

The presentation, The Fallout: Litigation from the Consumer and Community Side, was held at the Gillard Advocacy Center at Loyola Law School. It is part of a seminar called Journalist Law School, which runs until June 20 and includes fellowships for approximately 40 journalists nationwide who cover the law or courts. The reporters attend seminars on a variety of legal subjects and meet leading members of the bar, as well as state and federal judges.

"With so many proposed legislative and regulatory changes on the horizon, this is a very interesting time to be covering the law, especially with regard to my field, consumer financial services," said Mr. Kaplinsky, a past chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Consumer Financial Services. "I appreciate the opportunity to speak on the subject and hope that it will advance understanding of the important issues of the day."