Program Overview

May 16, 2022
We are pleased to announce that we will offer Fundamentals of Banking Law at Boston University School of Law this year.   Registration for the program is now open. See below for course tuition and registration and hotel information.  The hotel booking link has expired.  The hotel has added rooms to our block. To make a reservation, please call the hotel at the number listed below.  If you have any questions,  please email us at

Boston University School of Law is pleased to continue its sponsorship of Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics), an intensive 2 day program designed to familiarize participants with the basics of bank regulatory law, including the critical policies, concepts, and regulations that have shaped over 150 years of banking law from the passage of the 1863 National Bank Act to the present.

Dates and Times

June 1 and 2, 2022
Boston University School of Law

This course offers a means of organizing and structuring an approach to the highly complex field of financial services law. Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics) has been offered for over 20 years as a comprehensive overview of banking regulatory law by a highly experienced faculty of seasoned practitioners and former regulators who have also taught law school courses in banking regulation and related topics. The approach of this course, including choice of topics, interactive approach in the classroom, materials provided to the students, presence of the faculty through the entire program, and limited class size, is designed to come as close as possible on a short term basis to replicating the experience of a law school class on banking regulation.

The faculty as practitioners includes a retired general counsel of the Federal Reserve Board, a former chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association, partners in law firms, counsel at major financial institutions and trade associations, and former employees of the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The faculty have taught at numerous law schools including: George Washington, American, Catholic, New York University, Stanford, Hastings, UC Berkeley, Iowa, Wake Forest, Boston University, Elon, St. Johns, New York Law, and Oregon.

Course Details and CLE

The class sessions are scheduled from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm on Day One and Day Two.  In the past, up to 16 hours of CLE credit has been available, including at least one hour of ethics. The grant of CLE credit is within the purview of the states, but Boston University will make every effort to obtain CLE credit and will keep the records necessary under state bar rules.

The registration fee will cover a continental breakfast each morning, lunch on the two full days, and a wine and cheese reception to allow the students to meet each other and the faculty outside of the classroom.


  • This course was developed to assure banking practitioners (i) understand the depth and breadth of bank regulatory law as it is applied to their clients and (ii) are positioned to identify issues, react to client needs and anticipate developments in the law.
  • Materials include a detailed outline for each class prepared by the lawyer teaching the particular class session.
  • Faculty members are present for the entire course. Classroom discussion often involves a variety of faculty viewpoints.
  • In addition to lawyers from firms and financial institutions seeking greater regulatory knowledge, attendees often include lawyers new to this area of law from government agencies, as well as non-lawyers, including compliance officers, bank examiners, risk managers, and consultants.
  • Course enrollment is limited to 50 or less to encourage class interaction and informality.

Course Instructors

Members of the faculty are experienced practitioners who have also taught as adjuncts at major law schools.

  • Scott G. Alvarez, retired General Counsel, Federal Reserve Board: Lecturer in Law, Boston University School of Law
  • John Buchman, Managing Director, Regulatory Counsel, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., San Francisco
  • Hugh Conroy, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP, New York and former Vice Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association
  • John M. Geiringer, Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chicago, and former Vice Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Helen Lee, Lead Counsel for US and Canada, Ant Group Americas, Alipay
  • Edward J. McAniff, Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles; Adjunct Professor, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Karol K. Sparks, Senior Counsel, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chicago; formerly Lecturer in Law, Boston University School of Law; former Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association