Typically held every December, the Bank Counsel Conference is a one-day event offered by the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA) that provides members an opportunity to learn about state and federal banking regulations. They also hear speakers discuss court decisions and banking legislation that may have changed during the year. One board member who usually speaks at these conferences is Bruce J. Baker, the IBA's vice president and general counsel. Mr. Baker has occupied this position since 1999, representing the concerns of more than 700 banks, thrifts, and trust companies.

Held in downtown Chicago, the conference covers varied topics, such as high-tech banking methods and their impact on the financial industry. In 2012, Bruce J. Baker spoke about recent developments regarding litigation and banking law within the state. He also discussed voidable mortgages, new trust laws, and Dodd-Frank updates. Certified regulatory compliance managers (CRCM) or Illinois attorneys who attend the conference may be eligible to receive continuing education credits for their participation.

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