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July 28, 2014

Arbitration Study by Sovern, Greenberg, Kirgis, and Liu Presented to State Appellate Court Judges at Pound Forum

Professor Jeff Sovern presented the results of the arbitration study he, Professors Elayne Greenberg, Paul Kirgis, and St. John’s University Director of Institutional Advancement Yuxiang Liu have conducted to the Pound Civil Justice Institute’s Forum for State Appellate Court Judges on July 26.  Professor Sovern was the luncheon speaker, at an event attended by judges from three dozen states.

 

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September 6, 2013

National Law Journal Reports on Sovern’s Research

The National Law Journal reported on Professor Jeff Sovern‘s article, Law Student Laptop Use During Class for Non-Class Purposes: Temptation v. Incentives, 51 University of Louisville Law Review 483 (2013), in a story titled Laptops Found More Likely to Distract 2Ls and 3Ls in Class.  The report quoted both from the article and from an email interview with Professor Sovern.

The article quotes Sovern’s reaction to his findings and their relation to the current debate on the length of law school as follows: “I was surprised and disappointed at how many upper-year students tune out.  Those arguing that law school should be only two years may find support in the findings that many upper year students are not engaged during doctrinal classes. But the study sheds no light on the value of small seminars or skills courses.”

The Legal Skills Prof Blog also posted an item about Sovern’s article, in which it noted that the article had “generated a lot of buzz.”

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July 11, 2013

Sovern Publishes NYT Op-Ed on Credit Report Errors

My co-blogger, Professor Jeff Sovern, has published another insightful op-ed in the New York Times. This piece, entitled, To Catch a Creditor, considers why credit report errors persist and what should be done about it.  Professor Sovern and his co-author, Ira Rheingold of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, suggest that

[w]hile federal law requires credit bureaus to conduct a reasonable investigation of consumer complaints, the marketplace can penalize credit bureaus that investigate too aggressively. Credit bureaus are heavily dependent on lenders for both revenue and the information the bureaus package and sell; if a credit bureau presses a lender too hard, the lender could patronize a different bureau and withhold data about its customers.

In contrast, consumers have little power over credit-reporting agencies. Consumers cannot, for example, block credit bureaus from obtaining information about their transactions.

Consequently, credit bureaus have every reason to favor lenders’ interests when investigating complaints.

The full op-ed can be found on page A27 in the paper edition of the New York Times and online here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/opinion/to-catch-a-creditor.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y&_r=0.  

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June 26, 2013

Sovern Cited in “Financial Justice: The People’s Campaign to Stop Lender Abuse”

In a new book about the enactment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,  Financial  Justice: The People’s Campaign to Stop Lender Abuse, authors Larry Kirscsh and Robert N. Mayer cite a campaign led by Professor Jeff Sovern and Hofstra’s Norman Silber.

The text states in relevant part:

[Seventy-four] legal scholars–led by Jeff Sovern and Norman Silber–sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to create a consumer financial protection agency. . . .  [Their] message was clear: the CFPB was the right way to correct past mistakes that had undermined the country’s financial stability ‘and toward a better future for consumers and the nation.’

A full copy of Professor Sovern’s letter can be found here.

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