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Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall
3315 Daniel Avenue Dallas TX 75205

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Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission will host the second of its Debt Collection Dialogues in Dallas, TX, on September 29, 2015. The FTC held the first Dialogue in Buffalo, NY, on June 15.  The third will be held in Atlanta, GA, on November 18.

NOTE: The Dallas Dialogue has been moved and will now be held at Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall, 3315 Daniel Avenue, Dallas TX 75205. The event will run from 1:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

At the Dallas and Atlanta events, representatives from the FTC and other federal and state law enforcement agencies will talk with debt collection industry leaders and professionals about the agencies’ debt collection enforcement actions, consumer complaints about collection practices, debt collection compliance issues, and industry best practices. The federal and state representatives will also answer questions from industry members and others who attend the Dialogues, including questions about how regulatory enforcement actions are investigated and pursued. All of the events will be free and open to the public.

To submit questions in advance to be considered at the Dallas Dialogue, please email them to the following address with your name, title, and organization:

WE WILL ADMIT APPROXIMATELY 20 PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT PRE-REGISTERED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS. Because a number of people who pre-registered for the September 29 Dialogue have told us they no longer can attend, we will be able to admit approximately 20 additional people on a first-come-first-served basis. We will start accepting names for the first-come list at 12:30 PM on September 29.  We plan to start admitting people from the list into the auditorium between 1:15 and 1:30. Thank you.

Debt Collection Dialogue series:
Debt Collection Dialogue - Buffalo
Debt Collection Dialogue - Dallas
Debt Collection Dialogue - Atlanta

  • Agenda (pdf) (125.62 KB)

    1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Opening Remarks
     Christopher Koegel, Assistant Director, FTC Division of Financial Practices
    1:45 – 3:15 p.m.Panel 1


    Moderator: Mary Spector, Professor, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University

    Christopher Koegel, FTC

    Gregory Nodler, Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

    Kenneth Lennon, Assistant Director, Community and Consumer Law Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

    Michael Frost, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, CBE Companies, Inc., and member of the ACA International Board of Directors

    Patricia Baxter, General Counsel, Recovery Management Systems Corp., and President-Elect of DBA International

    3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

    3:30 – 5:00 p.m.Panel 2


    Moderator: Dama Brown, Director, Southwest Region, FTC

    Christopher Koegel, FTC

    Gregory Nodler, CFPB

    Jessica Lesser, Managing Attorney, Dallas Regional Office, Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Texas Attorney General

    Robert L. Föehl, Vice President & General Counsel, ACA International

    Joann Needleman, Sr. Counsel and Practice Group Leader, Clark Hill, PLC, and President of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys
    5:00 – 5:10 p.m.Closing


    Dama Brown, FTC


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Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register for events that require registration. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.

The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission’s Privacy Act system for public records and comprehensive privacy policy.

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