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Leading commercial law scholar to present broad-ranging critique of credit card policy, Nov. 19

Professor Ronald Mann of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law will offer a broad-ranging critique of credit card policy when he delivers the Akard Lecture at the law school at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Connally Justice Center’s Eidman Courtroom.

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AUSTIN, Texas—Professor Ronald Mann of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law will offer a broad-ranging critique of credit card policy when he delivers the Akard Lecture at the law school at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Connally Justice Center’s Eidman Courtroom.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be given prior to the Law School’s annual Bankruptcy Conference. A reception will follow.

Mann’s speech, entitled “Policy Implications of the Global Growth of Card-Based Payment Systems,” will focus on the findings of his multi-country study exploring the implications of the rapid growth in global credit card use. Mann is widely recognized as one of the leading commercial law scholars of his generation and is the most frequently cited legal scholar working in any of the business law fields to have entered law teaching in the past decade.

The most provocative parts of Mann’s work relate to the significance of credit card use in the many countries in which they are common. He presents the first multi-country analysis of the relation between credit cards and bankruptcy. Relying on data about bankruptcy filings and borrowing from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, Mann shows that credit cards are uniquely likely to contribute to a rise in bankruptcy filings. Although previous scholars have noted a connection between credit cards and bankruptcy in this country, none of them had analyzed their data to distinguish between the effects of general borrowing and credit card borrowing in particular.

For more information on the lecture visit the School of Law News and Events.

Public parking is available in the San Jacinto Parking Garage 1 (PG1). A map of parking at the Law School is available online.

For more information contact: Laura Castro, School of Law, 512-232-1229.