University of Pittsburgh

Microfinance and the Law

Preregistration is Recommended.
Friday, February 13, 2009 · 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
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The Journal of Law and Commerce, Law and Entrepreneurship Program,
and University of Pittsburgh School of Law present:

Microfinance and the Law

Friday, February 13, 2009
9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Free to the public

University of Pittsburgh
School of Law

Barco Law Building
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

In an attempt to combat poverty and establish a basic quality of life for all people, microfinance providers offer financial services, including loans, business advice, and counseling services, to low-income clients. More specifically, the providers aim to furnish low-income clients with the means to build personal assets, expand businesses, and create personal savings for a better future.
Jonathan Morduch
Keynote Speaker,
Jonathan Morduch
9—9:30 a.m.

Registration and continental breakfast

9:30—9:45 a.m.

Opening remarks

  • Peter B. Oh, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
9:45—11 a.m.

What Is Microfinance?

Moderator:

  • Douglas M. Branson, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Panelists:

  • Elgin Clemons Jr., Wright, Lindsey & Jennings
  • Charlotte E. Lott, Chatham College
  • Penny E. Zacharias, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
11—11:15 a.m.

Break

11:30 a.m.—noon Keynote Address
  • Jonathan Morduch, New York University
noon—1:15 p.m.

Lunch

1:30—2:45 p.m.

The Mechanics of Microfinance

Moderator:

  • Daniel Friedson, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Panelists:

  • Jessica Jackley Flannery, Kiva.org
  • Melanie Howard, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • April Rinne, Unitus
2:45—3 p.m.

Break

3—4:15 p.m.

The Future of Microfinance

Moderator:

  • Haider Ala Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Panelists:

  • Deborah Burand, University of Michigan Law School
  • Will Fitzpatrick, Omidyar Network
  • Daniel Friedson, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
4:15—4:30 p.m.

Conclusory Remarks

To register for the symposium, visit jlc.law.pitt.edu/microfinance/registration.
For additional information, questions, or presenter bios,
visit jlc.law.pitt.edu/microfinance or send an e-mail to jlc@law.pitt.edu.

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