Introducing: Christopher L. Peterson
New Assistant Professor Christopher Peterson has been an advocate before Congress and federal regulators for consumer protection from predatory lending and in bankruptcy and for open consumer access to the civil justice system on behalf of approximately half-million grass roots members of state public interest research groups. A staunch believer in the power of law to promote positive social change, his book, Taming the Sharks: Towards a Cure for the High Cost Credit Market, is forthcoming. “Rules, like all other social institutions, can be misappropriated,” said Peterson. “For this reason, it must be the occupation and obligation of lawyers to make law serve the interests of the people.” Earlier in his career, Peterson was a judicial clerk to Judge Wade Brorby, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. He has won numerous research grants and honors, including the Spencer S. Eccles Research Fellowship in Political Economy, Edward Clyde Fellowship, and first prize in the Joseph Bernfeld Bankruptcy Law Writing Competition. He earned his B.A. (philosophy, cum laude), B.S. (political science, cum laude) and J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the University of Utah, where he served as senior editor for the Utah Law Review. Peterson is teaching Consumer Law, Secured Transactions, and Sales. He recently joined the Conference on Consumer Finance Law, National Association of Consumer Advocates and North-East Florida Consumer Law Task Force. He published an article, “Truth, Understanding, and High-Cost Consumer Credit: The Historical Context of the Truth in Lending Act,” in the Florida Law Review, and is working on another, “Democracy and Deception: The Case of Predatory Home Mortgage Lending and the Responsible Lending Act.” He also is serving on three law school committees: Pro Bono Opportunities, Teaching, and Judicial Clerkships, and will co-host a workshop Nov. 14 at the J. Wayne Reitz Union for students and practicing attorneys on the mechanics of handling predatory home mortgage lending cases. He and his wife are expecting their first child any day now.