After serving as Ohio’s Attorney General and Ohio Treasurer, Richard Cordray served for six years as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by Congress in the aftermath of epic economic crash of 2008.
Sharing the stories of individual consumers, WATCHDOG shows how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau quickly became a powerful force for good, suing big banks for cheating or deceiving consumers, putting limits on predatory lenders, simplifying mortgage paperwork, and stepping in to help solve problems raised by individual consumers. It tells a hopeful story of how our system can be reformed by putting government back on the side of the people, to strengthen our families, safeguard the marketplace, and establish a new baseline of fairness in our democratic society.
Along with his aforementioned roles in state and federal government, Cordray taught at Ohio State University’s law school and served as a state legislator and as Ohio’s first Solicitor General. He has argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including by special appointment of both the Clinton and Bush Justice Departments.
This program is in partnership with Gramercy Books and the Columbus Bar Association.