Program Overview

April 8, 2019: Due to current Coronavirus precautions, the Fundamentals of Banking Law Program will not meet in June.  As of now, conditions are too uncertain to determine whether or not the program will be rescheduled in 2020.  We will post any updates to this page when available.

Boston University School of Law is pleased to continue its sponsorship of Fundamentals of Banking Law (formerly Banking Law Basics), an intensive 2½ 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. This course offers a review of the fundamental themes of banking regulation and an introduction to what has changed since the financial crisis and the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act and Basel III capital rules.

Dates and Times

June 1 – 3, 2020
Boston University School of Law

For those attempting to come to grips with the myriad regulatory developments since the financial crisis of 2008, this course offers a means of organizing and structuring an approach to 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 general counsel of the FDIC and chief lawyer of major state banking agency, two former chairs 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 from 8:00 am until 12:45 pm on Day Three. In the past, up to 19 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.
  • The course is an outgrowth of an idea conceived by the Law School Teaching Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee. It has been viewed as an academic course rather than a professional seminar from conception.
  • 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.

Download Banking Law Fundamentals Agenda 2020

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
  • 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. GeiringerPartner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chicago, and current Vice Chair of the Banking Law Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Sara A. Kelsey, Adjunct Professor, New York University Law School and New York Law School; former General Counsel of the FDIC, Sole Practitioner
  • Edward J. McAniff, Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles; Adjunct Professor, University of Oregon School of Law
  • Jeremy Newell, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC
  • Camille Orme, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York
  • Karol K. Sparks, Partner, 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
  • Guest Speaker – Fintech: Helen Lee, Senior Legal Advisor – Americas, Alipay US, Inc., Ant Financial Services Group, San Francisco

Information and Course Registration

The program will be held at the Boston University School of Law, Sumner M. Redstone Building, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, near Kenmore Square in Boston, Massachusetts. The tuition will include breakfasts each day, two lunches and a wine and cheese reception at the completion of the first day of the program. Parking is generally available at the Kenmore lot (549 Commonwealth Avenue). The Green Line B branch of the “T” stops in front of the building on Commonwealth Avenue. A block of rooms are available at the Hotel Commonwealth, three blocks away from the program site and within walking distance.

Course Registration

Course Tuition

Early Registration (received by April 1, 2020)

  • Government and Public Interest Employees and Graduates of Boston University School of Law  – $1000
  • General Public – $1200

Regular Registration (as of April 2, 2020)

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

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 May 18, 2020. 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 $299 per night, plus tax, at the Hotel Commonwealth, not far from the BU campus.

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA  02215



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