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Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law
Boston University School of Law  
765 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 1524
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Phone: 617.353.3023
Toll free (in U.S.): 888.285.7003
Fax: 617.353.2444
E-mail: banklaw@bu.edu



James E. Scott

James E. Scott, Director

As Director of the LLM program in Banking and Financial Law, Jim is finally able to link his two professional interests: banking law and education.  Jim began his career in banking law at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 1973, shortly after graduating from law school.  He spent the next four decades as a bank regulatory lawyer with the Federal Reserve and later a group of global US banks.  He had senior regulatory positions with Security Pacific in Los Angeles, Bank of America in San Francisco, and Bankers Trust, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley in New York.  Much of the work in which he was involved international regulation and international transactions.  Jim completed this part of his legal career as the senior regulatory lawyer of Morgan Stanley and the general counsel of Morgan Stanley Bank.

Interspersed with his banking positions, Jim also held a position as Assistant Professor of Business Law teaching undergraduates in the business school of Pennsylvania State University.  He was also an adjunct professor teaching banking law at the law schools of the University of California at Berkley and at Catholic University in Washington, DC.  He also was an adjunct in the Banking and Financial Law LLM program.  In addition, for fifteen years Jim has taught young banking lawyers twice a year through a three-day Banking Law Basics course he helped to establish as chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association. 

Jim believes relocation to Boston may enhance the opportunities to enjoy his two of his personal interests, baseball and biking.  As a lifelong Cleveland fan, Jim roots for the Indians and anyone playing the Yankees.  He has already noticed he appears to be in a hotbed for rooting against the Yankees.  As a biker who began his career riding to work at the Federal Reserve in Washington and who has been to Europe for almost a dozen biking trips, this move brings him closer to some great riding areas.  Unfortunately, the graduate program staff may be all too aware the location does not enhance or inhibit his third great joy: belting out Beach Boys songs.  After all, Jim was born in Surf City, Santa Cruz, California.




Lorraine E. Kaplan

Lorraine E. Kaplan, Assistant Director

With the Graduate Program since 1986, Lorraine is the staff member in charge of administrative matters. Since she joined the program shortly after the it was launched she also serves as the “institutional memory.” Lorraine grew up in Boston and New York and received her B.S. from the State University of New York at Brockport.

When she is not in the office Lorraine spends her time outside watching birds and doing photography. Whenever she can she travels to Maine and to the Rocky Mountains to photograph big mammals – and any other critter that will pose for her. Recently, she has begun making metal jewelry - she has a terrific hammer collection.

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Nina S. Hrebenko

Nina S. Hrebenko, Program Coordinator

As the first point of contact of the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law, Nina provides assistance to students and faculty while serving as the chief organizer, event planner, and administrative assistant in the office. She received her B.A. in Linguistics from Boston University and is looking forward to continuing her studies in Forensic Linguistics.

Nina spends her time campaigning for human rights and learning about different cultures and lifestyles. She can be found anywhere from a BU hockey game, to the dance floor, to the kitchen experimenting with new cuisines, practicing yoga in the park, or exploring the lively streets of Boston.

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