Economic Rights as Civil Rights: The Case of Fair Lending

Richard Cordray

Richard Cordray, Director of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will give a talk titled, "Economic Rights as Civil Rights: The Case of Fair Lending," on Friday, October 10, 2014, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, at Club Spartan, Case Hall (third floor).  The talk is free and open to the public.  The lecture is co-sponsored by the LeFrak Forum and Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy in the Department of Political Science.

Richard Cordray serves as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  He was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama.  Prior to joining the Bureau, Mr. Cordray served as Ohio's Attorney General.  As Attorney General, Mr. Cordray recovered more than $2 billion for Ohio's retirees, investors, and business owners; took major steps to help protect its consumers from fraudulent foreclosures and financial predators; and enforced Ohio's civil rights laws and voting rights laws.  To recognize his work on behalf of consumers as Attorney Gneral, the Better Business Bureau presented Mr. Cordray with an award for promoting an ethical marketplace.  When he was a lawyer in private practice, Mr. Cordray was a recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award for the Human Rights Campaign for his legal work on equality for GLBT Ohioans.

Mr. Cordray also served as Ohio Treasurer and Franklin County Treasurer, elected positions in which he led state and county banking, investment, debt, and financial activities.  He was named the County Leader of the Year nationally by American City & County magazine in 2005, and won NeighborWorks America's Government Service Award as the foremost state leader in forclosure prevention in 2008.  Mr. Cordray also has served as an adjunct professor at the Ohio State University College of Law, State Representative for the 33rd Ohio House District, and as Ohio's first Solicitor General.  Mr. Cordray has argued seven cases before the United States Supreme Court, including by special appointment of both the Clinton and Bush Justice Departments.  He is a graduate of Michigan State University's James Madison College, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago Law School.  Mr. Cordray was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review and later clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.

Mr. Cordray lives in Grove City, Ohio with his wife Peggy-a Professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus--and twin children Danny and Holly.

Mr. Cordray's talk is part of MSU's Project 60/50: A Year-long Community Conversation on Civil and Human Rights.  See

Mr. Cordray's talk is also part of the M. Richard Zinman Career and Retirement Celebration (October 9-11, 2014)