The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

A Book Discussion with Pulitzer-Prize Winner Jesse Eisinger
Thursday December 14, 2017

Overview

7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017

Room D 1009, The New School, 6 East 16th St.

Coorganized by the New York Financial Writers’ Assocation and the New School for Social Research

This panel features Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Jesse Eisinger, discussing his new book: The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, with a panel of experienced financial regulators.

Participants

Speakers:

Jesse Eisinger

Senior Reporter and Editor
ProPublica

Jesse Eisinger is a senior reporter and editor at ProPublica. In April 2011, he and a colleague won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of stories on questionable Wall Street practices that helped make the financial crisis the worst since the Great Depression. He won the 2015 Gerald Loeb Award for commentary.

William K. Black

Associate Professor of Law and Economics
University of Missouri-Kansas City

William K. Black, J.D. Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and former Executive Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention. He is a veteran financial regulator, previously serving as Litigation Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Deputy Director of the FSLIC, SVP and General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and Senior Deputy Chief Counsel of the Office of Thrift Supervision. He was also Deputy Director of the National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement. He the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One (University of Texas Press 2005), and has testified before numerous Congressional Committees on financial regulation, executive compensation and fraud in the lead-up to the financial crisis. Dr. Black was also a central figure in exposing Congressional corruption during the 1980’s Savings and Loan Crisis. He contributes regularly to the Huffington Post and also blogs at New Economic Perspectives.

Moderator: 

Vanessa Assae-Bille

Enforcement Attorney
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Vanessa is an enforcement attorney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She previously served as a Senior Attorney in the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and as a Trial Attorney and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.