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Consumer advocate

Paul Kantwill (BA '83, JD '86) has joined the School of Law after a long and distinguished career in public service. Most recently he served as an assistant director with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), leading the Office of Servicemember Affairs. Prior to joining the CFPB, Kantwill served as the director of the Office of Legal Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Personnel & Readiness. In that capacity, he served as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on a wide variety of consumer protection legal and policy issues, including the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Military Lending Act, and other financial/consumer issues affecting members of the armed forces and their family members.  Kantwill also served on active duty for 25 years with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

“It is a privilege to join my alma mater and its nationally recognized Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies to continue my work as an advocate for the consumer, which includes protecting our military,” said Paul Kantwill. "I look forward to working with Loyola’s incredibly talented law faculty and students to foster a deeper understanding of the complexity of issues related to consumer law.”

At Loyola, Kantwill will serve as a senior fellow with Loyola’s Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, where he will lecture, conduct research, and organize programing on consumer protection law, with an emphasis on protecting the needs of armed services members, veterans, and their families.

“These are perilous times for consumer protection in the United States,” said Spencer Weber Waller, Loyola’s Justice Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law and director of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. “Paul Kantwill has extensive government experience in all aspects of consumer protection and will be a valuable addition to the Institute’s work to protect consumers from deceptive practices in the market, as well as troubling federal enforcement trends.”

Loyola's Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies is a non-partisan academic institute devoted to research, publication, programs, and advocacy to promote a more competitive consumer friendly economy.  The institute will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2019.