Consumer Protection Fellow Begins Work

Nadine Ballard
Nadine Ballard

The National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) and the Center for the State Enforcement of Antitrust and Consumer Protection Laws (State Center) are pleased to welcome Nadine Ballard from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as the second NAGTRI/State Center Consumer Protection fellow this year. Funded by the State Center, the Consumer Protection Fellowship program is designed to provide consumer protection assistant attorneys general an extraordinary opportunity to develop expertise in a specific discipline in consumer protection, which would in turn provide tangible and meaningful assistance to his or her colleagues around the country. The fellow’s work can be divided into two major areas: research/publication and information sharing/liaison work. Grant funds will be used to cover housing and related costs for a three-month period. Nadine will be working in the NAAG office until the end of July.

Nadine is excited about the opportunities to attend congressional hearings and hear from national advocacy groups while in Washington. When working for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, she only spends a small amount of time researching and writing about legislative issues.

“It’s really a treat to be able to devote all of my time into one project,” she said.

She is currently researching and writing a paper that examines the roles of regulatory supervision and enforcement of the new financial regulatory legislation, including the Credit CARD Act of 2009.

“I hope the paper is something that can help support the enforcement role of the state Attorneys General in future consumer protection legislation,” Nadine said.

Nadine decided in high school that she wanted to enter the consumer protection field and has dedicated much of her career to working on such issues. Nadine has been with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office since February 2007 and served as the section chief in Consumer Protection from February 2007 to May 2009. She also worked there from 1980 to 1985. In addition, Nadine worked for the UAW GM Legal Services Plan for seven years, handling consumer litigation, and then served as a magistrate judge for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for 15 years.

She has been teaching consumer law at Sinclair Community College for six years, receiving a national award for Innovation in Distance Learning, and for the Ohio Judicial College for 15 years. Nadine has also co-authored Ohio Consumer Law, a practice manual, since 1986.

Although she is a native of Michigan, Nadine now resides in Dayton, Ohio where she enjoys spending time hiking with her dog, Ellie.

For more information on the NAGTRI/State Center Consumer Protection Fellow program, please contact Dennis Cuevas, NAAG project director and chief counsel, Consumer Protection Project, at dcuevas@naag.org.

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