The University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy presents its spring symposium, "Regulating the Free Market: Dodd-Frank, Non-Compete 'Afterthoughts', Religion and Welfare."
A number of arguments have been made that excessive government regulations on businesses and the financial sector are choking the economy, while others argue that we lack sufficient regulations to protect individuals and counter corporate greed.
While most would agree that some level of regulation is appropriate and necessary, what is the proper balance, and how is this determined? When is it OK for employers to request non-compete agreements once employees are working for the company? Did Dodd-Frank resolve concerns to protect consumers? How has Dodd-Frank changed the way banks do business in the free market, and still be profitable while complying with government regulations and avoiding arbitration? Is significant regulation of businesses compatible with religious freedom?
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
8:45 a.m. – Continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Introduction, Professor Teresa Stanton Collett
9:10 a.m. – Non-Compete Agreements Made After An At-Will Employee Has Commenced Employment: A Good Faith Standard For The “Afterthought” Agreement; Professor Michael Garrison, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business
9:45 a.m. – Can Religious Accommodations and the Welfare State Co-Exist?; Professor Thomas Berg, University of St. Thomas School of Law
10:20 a.m. – Break
10:30 a.m. – Dodd-Frank panel
Professor Dale Thompson, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, "The Dodd-Frank Act and Too-Big-to-Fail: What's Missing?"
Professor Elizabeth Schiltz, University of St. Thomas School of Law, "Rulemaking under Dodd-Frank: Putting the 'Person' back into the Consumer Lending Process"
Attorney Michael Krauss, Faegre Baker Daniels, "For Whom the Whistle Blows: The Role of Private Enforcement in Dodd-Frank's Public Regulatory Framework"
12:00 p.m. – Closing
12:30 p.m. - Join us for lunch at the Murphy Institute's Hot Topics, Cool Talk: Should We Have a Regulated System of Incentives for Living Organ Donations?
3 hours CLE pending
Professor Michael Garrison, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, associate dean for faculty and scholarship
Over the course of his academic career, Garrison has developed and taught courses in international law, Internet law, cybersecurity, advanced commercial law, negotiation and dispute resolution. His current research focuses on non-compete agreements and trade secrets.
Professor Thomas Berg, University of St. Thomas School of Law, constitutional law
Berg is one of the leading scholars of law and religion in the United States. He has written more than 30 briefs on issues of religious liberty and free speech in cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts and has often testified to Congress in support of legislation protecting religious freedom.
Professor Dale Thompson, University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, ethics and business law
With a Ph.D. in economics and a J.D., Thompson understands both the competitive pressures facing business and industry, and the constraints and opportunities presented by the legal environment of business. In his research, Thompson examines the use of governmental regulations and economic incentives to achieve policy objectives.
Professor Elizabeth Schiltz, University of St. Thomas School of Law, banking regulation
Schiltz was in private practice for nine years with law firms in Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis, Minn., focusing on banking regulation, general corporate law and international law. Her research interests include the relationship of federal and state law in regulating consumer credit, disability and consumer law theory, and feminist legal theory.
Attorney Michael Krauss, Faegre Baker Daniels, Partner, Financial Litigation
Michael Krauss is a former Assistant United States Attorney (Civil Division, S.D.N.Y.) who litigates complex financial disputes nationwide. Among Michael's clients are Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Cargill, Lighthouse Management, Beal Bank USA, The Marshall Group, and Winthrop Resources Corporation.