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Prentiss Cox

Associate Professor of Law

Prentiss Cox

190 Mondale Hall
229–19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-625-6810

coxxx211@umn.edu

Oberlin College, B.A.
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.

Professor Prentiss Cox was manager of the Consumer Enforcement Division in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office prior to joining the faculty in 2005. He was also a law clerk for the Honorable P. H. Marshall of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Professor Cox has prosecuted numerous nationally recognized cases involving subprime mortgage lending, foreclosure, bank regulation, state attorney general enforcement authority, consumer fraud and related matters. He is a frequent speaker on consumer protection issues and often quoted in media on consumer law issues. Professor Cox has drafted and testified for numerous consumer protection laws related to mortgage lending, foreclosure fraud, telemarketing sales practices and other consumer law topics. Professor Cox has also been selected as a Minnesota "Super Lawyer."

Professor Cox is Co-Director of the Law in Practice course, which introduces practice education to all first-year students. The course emphasizes the iterative process of legal analysis and fact development through both classroom discussion and small group simulations. Course simulations include client and witness interviews, a deposition, a chambers conference conducted by local judges, a mediation conducted by a qualified neutral and negotiating a transaction.


For more information, download Professor Cox's CV.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Law in Practice (West Academic Publishing, 2014) (with Laura Thomas)

Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practice Regulation in Minnesota (Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 1st ed., 2007; 2d ed., 2009) (editor)

Book Chapters

Statutory Fraud Laws, in Minnesota Business Torts Deskbook (Edward T. Wahl, ed., Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2008; 2d ed., 2009)

Journal Articles

Keeping PACE?: The Case Against Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing Programs, 83 University of Colorado Law Review 83 (2011)

State Attorneys General's Use of Concurrent Public Enforcement Authority in Federal Consumer Protection Laws, 33 Cardozo Law Review 53 (2011) (with Amy Widman)

The Invisible Hand of Preacquired Account Marketing, 47 Harvard Journal on Legislation 425 (2010)

The Importance of Deceptive Practice Enforcement in Financial Institution Regulation, 30 Pace Law Review 279 (2009) (Symposium on Real Property, Mortgages, and the Economy: A Call for Ethics and Reforms)

Foreclosure Reform Amid Mortgage Lending Turmoil: A Public Purpose Approach, 45 Houston Law Review 683 (2008)

Foreclosure Equity Stripping: Legal Theories and Strategies to Attack a Growing Problem, 39 Clearinghouse Review 607 (Mar.-Apr. 2006)

Goliath Has the Slingshot: Public Benefit and Private Enforcement of Minnesota Consumer Protection Laws, 33 William Mitchell Law Review 163 (2006)

Social Security Netting Regulations: Balancing Administrative Convenience with the Rights of Beneficiaries, 73 Minnesota Law Review 1143 (1989), reprinted in 28 West's Social Security Reporting Service 887 (1990) (note)

Other Publications

Keeping the Baby, If Not the Bathwater: Learning the Right Lessons from the Subprime Crisis, 22:3 Communities & Banking 16 (Summer 2011)

Will Consumer Protection Actually, if Partially, Prevail?, Insurance and Financial Services Committee Newsletter (American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law) (Feb. 2010)

Preacquired Account Marketing and the OCC, The Advocate (National Association of Consumer Advocates) (Jan. 2010)

Foreclosures: Defenses, Workouts, and Mortgage Servicing (National Consumer Law Center, 2d ed., 2008 supp.) (contributor)

Teacher's Manual for Roger S. Haydock, David F. Herr & Jeffrey W. Stempel, Fundamentals of Pretrial Litigation (Thomson West, 6th ed., 2007) (contributor)

The Cost of Credit: Regulation, Preemption, and Industry Abuses (National Consumer Law Center, 3d ed., 2008 supp.) (contributor)

Regulatory Perspectives & Initiatives: State Attorney General Case Selection and Investigation, in 12th Annual Consumer Financial Services Litigation Institute (Practising Law Institute, 2007)

Regulatory Perspectives & Initiatives: State Attorney General Case Selection and Investigation, in 11th Annual Consumer Financial Services Litigation Institute (Practising Law Institute, 2006)

Government Enforcement Actions and Regulatory Oversight, in 10th Annual Consumer Financial Services Litigation Institute (Practising Law Institute, 2005) (with Tom James)

Testimony

Aggressive Sales Tactics on the Internet and Their Impact on American Consumers: Hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, 111th Cong., 1st Sess. (Nov. 17, 2009) (testimony)

The Proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency: Implications for Consumers and the FTC: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, 111th Cong., 1st Sess. (July 8, 2009) (testimony)

Consumer Protection and the Credit Crisis: Hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, 111th Cong., 1st Sess. (Feb. 26, 2009) (testimony)

COURSES

Comparative Consumer Protection
Consumer Protection Clinic
Consumer Protection and Transactions
Law in Practice
Pretrial Skills
Civil Procedure
Federal Jurisdiction