Consumer Law Scholars Conference 2023

The 5th Annual Consumer Law Scholars Conference.  March 2-3, 2023.  Hosted by the Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice


When: March 2-3, 2023

Where: UC Berkeley School of Law (getting here)

Conference Purpose and Format

The purpose of the CLSC is to support in-progress scholarship, foster a community of consumer law scholars, and build connections with scholars in other disciplines who focus on consumer and economic justice issues. This year we are trying something new.  We will have two types of paper presentations: Workshop sessions (small participatory discussions led by commentators) and Lightning Rounds (ten-minute presentations by authors to the full assembly).


Workshop Sessions

The Color of the Misaligned CARES Act

Arka Prava Bandyopadhyay (University of Miami, Department of Finance)

The Structure of Consumer Choice: Antitrust and Utilities’ Convergence in Digital Platform Markets

Elettra Bietti (NYU Law/Cornell Tech)

Bankruptcy in Black and White: The Effect of Race and Bankruptcy Code Exemptions on Wealth

Matthew Bruckner (Howard Law), Jevay Grooms (Howard University Dept. of Economics), & Raphael Charron-Chenier (Arizona State University)

The New Hot Money: Regulating Data-Brokered Deposits

Raúl Carrillo (Yale Law School)

Gaining or Losing Control? Real Use of Data Control Rights and Policy Implications

Ella Corren (Berkeley Law)

Contract-Wrapped Property

Danielle D'Onfro (Washington University in Saint Louis)

Food Price Fabulism

Tammi Etheridge (Elon University School of Law)

Arbitration's Racial Two-Step Around Sex

Michael Green (Texas A&M University School of Law)

Consumer Law as Work Law

Jonathan Harris (LMU Loyola Law School)

Disparities in Consumer Credit: The Role of Loan Officers in the FinTech Era

Erica Jiang (USC Marshall School of Business/Visiting University of Chicago Booth), Yeonjoon Lee (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, VA), & Will Shuo Liu (City University of Hong Kong)

The Best, or the Worst, of Both Worlds? An Investigation of State Student Loan Lending

Sophie Laing (Pine Tree Legal Assistance)

The Consumer Welfare of Mental Health, Wellbeing and Mindfulness Apps

Jeannie Paterson & Swetha Meenal Ananthapadmanaban (Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics, University of Melbourne)

Discriminatory Monetization of Childhood

Carla Reyes (SMU Dedman School of Law)

Wasteful Consumerism: Causes, Consequences, and Cures

Roy Shapira (Berkeley Law Visiting Professor/Reichman Law)

The Informative Value of Fintech Consumer Credit Markets

Maya Shaton (Columbia Law School) & Inessa Liskovich (Airbnb)

Data and Welfare in Credit Markets

Constantine Yannelis, Anthony Lee Zhang, Fabian Nagel (University of Chicago Booth), & Mark Jansen (University of Utah - Department of Finance)

Lightning Round Sessions

Cookie Intermediaries: Does Competition Lead to More Privacy? Evidence from the Dark Web

Arion Cheong (School of Accountancy, California State University at Fullerton), D. Daniel Sokol (USC Gould School of Law), & David Wang (Driehaus College of Business and School of Accountancy & MIS, DePaul University)

Unfair Acts and Practices: An Essay in Reconstruction

Luke Herrine (Alabama Law)

Algorithmic Black Swans

Noam Kolt (University of Toronto) 

Student Loan Forgiveness, Inequality, and Welfare

Prasad Krishnamurthy (Berkeley Law)

Trapping the Poor with Digital Credit: Confronting Stringent Digital Credit Enforcement Mechanisms in Nigeria

Ogochukwu Monye (University of Benin)

Blindness is Not Just: Heterogeneity Across Trustees in Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy

Belisa Pang (Yale University) 

Reliance and Reliability

Heather Payne (Seton Hall University School of Law)

Data Privacy in Carceral Settings: The Digital Panopticon Returns to its Roots

Stephen Raher (Leonard Law Group, LLC)

Impediments to Interoperability

Chinmayi Sharma (University of Texas School of Law)

Nonprofit Exceptionalism, Consumer Rights, and Pandemic-Related Refunds

Norman Silber (Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University)

Dates and Deadlines:

September 23, 2022 (originally Sept. 16): abstract & outline submissions due

November 2022: authors notified of paper selections

December 2022: registration opens

January 31, 2023: complete paper drafts due

February 10, 2023: registration closes

February 16, 2023: hotel block booking deadline

March 2-3, 2023: conference

Fleming Scholars Program

We particularly encourage scholars who are currently working at legal services organizations to submit abstracts and to participate in the conference. The Fleming Scholars Program was launched two years ago in memory of our colleague Anne Fleming, who was a legal aid attorney before turning to academia. The program provides support, including conference travel costs and mentorship opportunities, for legal aid lawyers with scholarly aspirations. Please contact us if you are interested.

Organizing Committee

Kathleen Engel (Suffolk University)

Jonathan Glater (UC Berkeley)

Ted Mermin (UC Berkeley)

Manisha Padi (UC Berkeley)

Rory Van Loo (Boston University)

Lauren Willis (Loyola Marymount University)


If you require accommodation for effective communication or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Ben Hiebert ( with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event


Feel free to contact Ted Mermin (, and/or conference logistics coordinator Ben Hiebert (