In Loving Memory

Ralph J. Rohner, 1938 - 2020

In 2020, the College, and our profession, lost one of its most significant and beloved leaders, Ralph J. Rohner. Ralph was instrumental in giving shape and direction to a new field of law, consumer financial services, from its inception. He helped build the institutions that grew to support the field. He influenced the substantive law that defines the field. He taught and mentored many of the field’s eminent practitioners. He honored us by serving as president of the College. We honored him by awarding to him the College’s Lifetime Achievement Award. No single writing can capture completely the enormity of his contributions. However, clicking here will link you to a narrative of those contributions, which the College created, and here to reach the obituary prepared by the Catholic University, at which he taught for decades and served as Dean of its law school.

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers was established to:

  • promote public understanding of consumer financial services law through education;
  • advance the quality of consumer financial services law and its practice;
  • enhance the professional development of its members; and
  • accord recognition to contributors to the field.

Our members include academics, present and former federal and state regulatory and enforcement officers, authors in the field, private practitioners, counsel for financial institutions and other service providers, and representatives of consumer protection organizations. Our members nominate attorneys who have made significant contributions to the field of law for admission to the College.