Alan S. Kaplinsky and Martin C. Bryce, Jr., nationally recognized attorneys in consumer financial services litigation, will be speaking at Practising Law Institute's 15th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute on April 8 and 9 in Chicago. Mr. Kaplinsky has served as Chair of the Institute for all 15 years.

Mr. Kaplinsky, Chair of the Consumer Financial Services Group at Ballard Spahr and the pioneer of pre-dispute arbitration provisions in consumer contracts, will discuss recent developments in the use of consumer arbitration provisions.

Mr. Bryce, a Ballard Spahr partner and member of the firm's Appellate, Consumer Class Action Litigation, and Consumer Financial Services Groups, will review recent residential mortgage litigation.

"Given the extraordinary number of federal and state legislative and regulatory developments in the past year, there is much to discuss regarding credit cards, mortgages, student loans, overdraft fees—you name it," said Mr. Kaplinsky. "We have assembled a stellar faculty of regulators, law professors, and plaintiff and defense counsel to examine the very latest changes and what lies ahead. We will also examine the prospects for enactment of the Dodd Bill, which includes a provision creating a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau housed within the Federal Reserve Board."

The 15th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute will be held at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center. More information can be found at