Uniform Commercial Code Conference

Is the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Still Relevant?
Promissory Notes, Mortgages, Payment Systems, Foreclosures, and other Muddled and Edgy Issues

Should promissory notes signed by home buyers be negotiable under Article 3? Should transferees of negotiable promissory notes be allowed holder-in-due-course status under any circumstances? Would home buyers and lenders benefit from a uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act? Are the regulations promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau necessary to protect home buyers? Or are these regulations too burdensome? Is the UCC still relevant in light of currently used payment systems?

The panelists, experts in real estate financing and payment laws, will address these and many related questions at the Massachusetts Bar Association-sponsored program. Bar members, academics and interested law students are invited to participate.

UCC Conference Schedule:

Panel 1: Home foreclosures—What is fair?
1-3 p.m.

  • William Breetz, attorney, Hartford, CT; commissioner, Uniform Law Commission; chair, Drafting Committee for Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act
  • Neil B. Cohen, Jeffrey D. Forchelli professor of law, Brooklyn Law School
  • James Steven Rogers, professor of law, Boston College Law School
  • Jon K. Skarin, senior vice president, Massachusetts Bankers Association
  • Moderator: Professor Richard Child, New England Law | Boston

Panel 2: Federal oversight—When is it helpful?
3:15-5:15 p.m.

  • Thomas A. Cox, attorney, Portland, ME; recipient of the 2012 Purpose Award for Extraordinary Contributions in Encore Careers
  • Kathleen Engel, associate dean for Intellectual Life, professor of law, Suffolk University Law School
  • John Rao, attorney, National Consumer Law Center; vice president, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Moderator: Ingrid Michelsen Hillinger, professor of law, Boston College Law School

Registration and Information
The conference is free of charge. Registration is requested by Friday, Feb. 21, by contacting Nadine Petsuck  at (570) 401-9179. Same-day registrations will also be accepted.

For more information please contact Zachary Heller at (973) 886-2718.

Cost: Free
Sponsored by: MBA


Nadine Petsuck


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Date:Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time:12:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Location:New England Law | Boston (Cherry Room)
154 Stuart St.
Boston, MA, 02116
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