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Cathy Lesser Mansfield Profile

Professor of Law


Areas of Expertise

Consumer Law, Payment Systems, Contracts, Sales, Holocaust and the Law


JD – University of Virginia School of Law
BA – New York University, cum laude

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1996
Visiting professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Washington, D.C.
Americans for Fairness in Lending, Boston, Mass.
Associate professor of law at Washburn University School of Law
Community Legal Services, Urban Indian Law Office in Phoenix, Ariz.
Brown & Bain in Phoenix, Ariz.

Selected Publications

  • National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Banking and Payments Law (2012 supp. and 5th ed. 2013) (co-author with Mark Budnitz, Adam Levitin, Lauren K. Saunders and Margot Saunders)
  • Predatory Lending: the Failure of Consumer Choice as a Regulatory Model in the United States, in Risk and Choice in Consumer Society (Iain Ramsay et al. eds. 2007)
  • Literacy and Contract, 13.2 Stanford Law and Policy Review 233 (2002) (with Alan M. White).
  • The Road to Subprime "HEL" was Paved with Good Congressional Intentions: Usury Deregulation and the Subprime Home Equity Market, 51 South Carolina Law Review 473 (2000).
  • Disorder in the People's Court: Rethinking the Role of Non-Lawyer Judges in Limited Jurisdiction Court Civil Cases, 29 New Mexico Law Review 119 (1999).

Significant Accomplishments

  • Quoted in The New York Times and Consumer Reports
  • Presenter: The Failure of Consumer Choice as a Regulatory Model in the United States (9th International Consumer Law Conference, Athens, Greece, April 10, 2003).
  • Testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Banking and Financial Services
  • Testified before the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • National lecturer on consumer protection

Additional Information

Cathy Mansfield Curriculum Vitae

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