Program Overview

Boston University School of Law is pleased to continue its sponsorship of Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics), an intensive 2 1/2-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 24 – 26, 2024
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 and a half-day of instruction on Day Three (exact time to be determined). 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. 2024 faculty to be announced.

  • Scott G. Alvarez, retired General Counsel, Federal Reserve Board: Lecturer in Law, Boston University School of Law
  • John Buchman, Lecturer in Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law and former General Counsel of E*TRADE Bank
  • 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
  • Sarah Elliott, Independent Director, Anchorage Digital Bank; former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, ONE; Vice Chair, 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
  • Kevin J. Handly, Director, Graduate Programs in Banking and Financial Law and Taxation, Lecturer in Law
  • Jay Johnson, Managing Director and Deputy Chief Counsel, Technology, Digital and Innovation legal group, Charles Schwab
  • Sara A. Kelsey, Adjunct Professor, New York University Law School and New York Law School; former General Counsel of the FDIC, Sole Practitioner
  • Joseph E. Silvia, Partner, Dickinson Wright PLLC, former Counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Chair of Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association
  • 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

Registration and Hotel

Course Tuition

Early Registration received on or before May 6, 2024:

  • Government and Public Interest Employees and Graduates of Boston University School of Law – $1200
  • General Public – $1400

Regular Registration Fee as of May 7, 2024:

  • Government and Public Interest Employees and Graduates of Boston University School of Law – $1400
  • General Public – $1600

Groups of at least three registrants from the same employer receive a discount of $100 per registrant for any of the above tuition costs. Please contact us at for more information. We will register groups of three or more manually – please do not register online.

Refunds will be granted in full if requested prior to June 10, 2024. Thereafter refunds will be granted only in the case of substitution of an additional registrant.

Hotel Information

Accommodations for this event may be booked at a special group rate of $329 per night, plus tax, at the Hotel Commonwealth, not far from the BU campus. The rate is in effect for the nights of June 23, 24, and 25, 2024. Please book by May 31, 2024 to guarantee this rate.

Meeting attendees may use this booking link to reserve rooms at the Hotel Commonwealth: Hotel Commonwealth Reservations – BU Fundamentals of Banking Law.

Attendees who prefer reserve rooms by phone can do so by identifying yourselves as part of the BU Fundamentals of Banking Law – 2024 room block when calling the Reservations Department toll-free at 1 (866)-784-4000 (in the United States and Canada) or 1 (617)-532-5019 to take advantage of the discounted group rate. You may also make your reservation via e-mail at

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


Please contact us with any questions at or by phone at 617-353-3023.