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UA Law School to Host Conference on Bank Director, Officer Responsibilities

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Legal scholars and members of the banking community will visit The University of Alabama School of Law Aug. 26 to discuss bank director and officer responsibilities.

The conference on Bank Director & Officer Responsibilities will be held in the Bedsole Moot Courtroom, room 140. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

The 2008 financial crisis raised important questions about the role of bank directors and officers. If they had been more diligent or honest, could we have avoided the crisis? Should they now be held personally responsible for bank losses? What can they do to prevent the next crisis?

These questions are not merely academic. Since the crisis, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has authorized suits against more than 1,200 individuals who served as directors or officers of failed banks. In addition, bank regulators are reportedly scrutinizing the activities of directors and officers at institutions that survived the crisis.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Alabama Law Review, a nationally recognized journal built on a rich tradition of scholarship aimed at exploring issues of national, as well as local significance to scholars, legislators, jurists and practitioners.

At 8:45 a.m., banking professionals will discuss ethics. Benton E. Gup, professor of finance at The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, will moderate the panel.

The banking ethics panel will feature:

Kayce Bell, chief operating officer, Alabama Credit Union

Preston L. Kennedy, president and CEO, Bank of Zachary

Hope Mehlman, senior vice president and assistant general counsel, Regions Bank

Jerry Powell, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, Cadence Bank NA

The conference will feature:

Mehrsa Baradaran, J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law

Claire Hill, James L. Krusemark Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Julie Andersen Hill, professor of law, University of Alabama School of Law

Robert C. Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Douglas K. Moll, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, LLP Law Center Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center

Saule Omarova, professor of law, Cornell Law School

Chad J. Pomeroy, professor of law, St. Mary’s University School of Law

Heidi Mandanis Schooner, professor of law, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America

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About The UA School of Law

One of America’s leading public law schools, and the “No. 1 Best Value Law School” in the nation, according to the National Jurist, for two years in a row (2012 and 2013), The University of Alabama School of Law offers a challenging curriculum with more than 150 electives, several dual enrollment opportunities, Master of Laws degrees and a J.S.D. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 10:1, the Law School offers students a rigorous, hands-on learning experience with strong student engagement in clinical programs, law review, moot court and trial advocacy. 

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

  • CONTACT: Monique Fields, manager of communications, UA School of Law, 205/348-5195,