Attorney's Conference for Non-Attorneys

Updated 10.6.21 

Minnesota Credit Union Network, Heartland Credit Union Association, Illinois Credit Union League, Iowa Credit Union League, Montana Credit Union League, Dakota Credit Union Association, Nebraska Credit Union League, and Wisconsin Credit Union League will host the Attorney’s Conference for Non-Attorneys, which is a three-part webinar series on some of the most pressing legal and compliance risks for credit unions along with overall risk mitigation strategies to help protect credit unions. 

Most credit unions do not have in-house counsel or access to the type of information provided at events like CUNA’s Attorney Conference. The Attorney’s Conference for Non-Attorneys can provide this information to you, along with risk mitigation strategies to help protect your credit union from liability.

This three-part series is free for staff and volunteers of HCUA-member credit unions. 

Part 1: Class Actions

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Litigation and class actions can have a harmful impact on credit unions.  This session provides an overview of trending class action developments along with information on how credit unions can protect themselves from the latest legal theories being asserted by plaintiffs, lawyers, and regulators. 

Topics include:

  • Overdraft/non-sufficient fund (NSF) fees
  • Guaranteed asset protection (GAP) insurance
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Foreign transaction fees


Note:  If you were unable to attend Part 1, an archived version is available.  Just e-mail [email protected] to obtain the presentation link and slides.     

Part 2: Risk Mitigation

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Many credit unions look to an arbitration program to help minimize legal risks, and some credit unions are considering the implementation of arbitration clauses as a dispute resolution technique in resolving legal disputes. Learn about adopting arbitration clauses and general risk mitigation strategies, along with more specific strategies related to employer HR risks in a changing workplace, bond claim trends that threaten the credit union industry, and updates to remote capture litigation. 

Topics include: 

  • CMG Bond Claims Update
  • HR/Employer Risks 
  • Arbitration clauses 
  • Remote Capture update 

Note:  If you were unable to attend Part 2, an archived version is available.  Just e-mail [email protected] to obtain the presentation link and slides.     

Part 3: Hot Regulatory Issues

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Credit unions face many regulatory changes and are burdened with the challenges of maintaining compliance with these changes.  This session explores several hot button regulatory issues and provides information regarding cannabis banking, consumer privacy/data, cybersecurity, and Reg E issues related to electronic payments.  

Topics include:

  • Cannabis banking 
  • Regulation E – Electronic payment: Who is liable? 
  • Consumer privacy and data 
  • Cybersecurity 

Note:  If you were unable to attend Part 3, an archived version is available.  Just e-mail [email protected] to obtain the presentation link and slides.     


dark haired woman wearing a black and red topGina Carter, partner at Husch Blackwell, heads the firm's credit union team. Her credit union practice centers on all legal matters of interest to credit unions including vendor contracting, consumer finance, credit union mergers and governance. Gina also represents for-profit credit union service organizations (CUSOs) in areas including corporate structure, IP, data protection and privacy. She runs practices both in intellectual property (IP) and credit union law. She advises on all aspects of IP and has litigated cases in federal courts across the country. She remains a trusted advisor to people who first called upon her 25 years ago.


woman with short red hair wearing black topMarci Kawski, partner at Husch Blackwell, has devoted her entire legal career to counseling providers of consumer financial services, including installment loan companies, motor vehicle finance companies, banks, credit unions, online lenders and short-term lenders throughout the country. She develops proactive compliance policies, procedures and strategies, consults on complex compliance questions, negotiates before state and federal regulatory agencies, and represents clients in individual and class claims regarding Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Regulation V, Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and Regulation B, Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Regulation Z, Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and more. 


woman with straight dark hair wearing black topLauren Capitini, senior counsel at Husch Blackwell, helps financial services clients – including credit unions – align their business goals with federal and state regulations. She works closely with clients to meet their unique needs when drafting and reviewing lending and deposit contracts and disclosures, consulting on new product development, reviewing advertisements in various mediums, advising on check fraud matters and providing general guidance on complex regulatory issues. She helps clients resolve accusations of discrimination and fair lending laws and works with regulators in various capacities, including in the course of compliance examinations. Lauren is also well-versed in the subtleties of providing banking services to cannabis businesses and other unique parties such as service members, and directors and officers of banks.


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