On Friday, November 13, 2015, the Student Board of Editors held a Symposium at the Tulane University School of Law. The Symposium attracted scholars from around the globe, and this Issue features outstanding manuscripts that were presented by many of those who participated.
Entitled “The Promise and Perils of Convergence in Financial Regulation and Consumer Protection,” this Symposium was designed to bring together scholars from the securities regulation and consumer protection disciplines in order to generate a dialogue among scholars whose work rarely overlaps. Through this discourse, we aimed to explore the future of regulating consumer financial transactions in the United States and whether, or to what extent, the differences in regulatory approaches to various types of transactions and the institutional division of authority are sensible. We also sought to draw upon the examples of the regulatory structures of other countries, always mindful of the Tulane Law Review’s dedication to comparative law.
The concept for this Symposium was formulated with the assistance of Professors Onnig H. Dombalagian and Adam Feibelman, without whom this Symposium would not have been possible. The Student Board of Editors wishes to thank Patricia A. McCoy, Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor at Boston College Law School, who also participated in the discussion at the Symposium, for her guidance and suggestions throughout the planning process.
Funding for this Symposium was generously provided by both the Murphy Institute and the firm of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert. The Tulane Law Review is proud to be the inaugural beneficiary of the Sher Garner Fund for the Advancement of Commercial Law, which will continue to foster law students’ understanding and appreciation of this field. Professor Christopher L. Peterson delivered the Sher Garner Keynote Address in Commercial Law, the paper based on which follows this Preface. The Student Board of Editors thanks Dean David D. Meyer for his encouragement and support and the Board of Advisory Editors for its confidence in this intellectual endeavor.
Finally, the Student Board of Editors wishes to express our deep gratitude for Professor Joel Wm. Friedman, for his unparalleled service as our Faculty Advisor, and Lynn Becnel, for her decades of unrivaled devotion to the Tulane Law Review, whose presence on our masthead and in the daily operation of this publication will be sorely missed.