Lifetime Achievement Award
American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
Senator William Proxmire Lifetime Achievement Award
William Proxmire was the United States Senator from Wisconsin from August,
1957 until January, 1989. From 1975 to 1981 and again from 1987 to 1989, he
served as Chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
Among his many accomplishments, he was the chief sponsor and was largely
responsible for the Consumer Credit Protection Act, major legislation that
for the first time created national framework for bringing fairness to
consumers entering into credit transactions. The Truth-in-Lending Act,
the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act are
just three of the laws comprised within the Consumer Credit Protection
Act whose protections we have taken for granted for several decades.
It is fitting that the American College of Consumer Financial Services
Lawyers chose to name its Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of Senator
Proxmire. Most of us have had careers devoted to educating, litigating,
explaining, interpreting and implementing the federal consumer protection
laws for which Senator Proxmire was responsible. The Senator William
Proxmire Lifetime Achievement Award is granted periodically by the
College to a person who has made significant contributions in the field
of consumer financial services over that person’s career.
Jim Brown (l), President of the American College, and
Lynne Barr (r) present Anne P. Fortney (c) with the
Lifetime Achievement Award on April 12, 2014