- Associate Professor of Law
Professor Prentiss Cox (’90) writes and teaches in the area of consumer protection law, public civil law enforcement and legal practice skills. He is Co-Director of Law in Practice, which is a required 1L course that teaches integrated doctrinal and professional skills learning.
Professor Cox was manager of the Consumer Enforcement Division in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office prior to joining the faculty in 2005 and was a judicial clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He prosecuted numerous nationally recognized cases involving subprime mortgage lending, foreclosure, banking 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 topics. Professor Cox has drafted and testified for numerous consumer protection statutes and rules related to mortgage lending, foreclosure fraud, telemarketing sales practices, private attorney general enforcement, and other consumer protection laws.
He has served as a trainer and consultant for state and federal government agencies and for developing nations. He is a member of the Consumer Advisory Board of the U. S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Board of Directors of the State Center for Antitrust and Consumer Protection Enforcement, among other service activities. Professor Cox has been selected as a Minnesota Super Lawyer and received numerous University service and teaching awards.
For more information, download Professor Cox’s curriculum vitae.
- Law in Practice (West Academic Publishing, 2014)
- Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade Practice Regulation in Minnesota (Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 1st ed., 2007; 2d ed., 2009) (editor)
- Statutory Fraud Laws, in Minnesota Business Torts Deskbook (Edward T. Wahl, ed., Minnesota State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, 2008; 2d ed., 2009)
- 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)
- 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 (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)
Editorials, Commentary & Letters
- Help banks, one last time, and help us all, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dec. 4, 2010 (op-ed)
- 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)
- 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)