Fifth Third Bancorp CEO Kevin Kabat to Kickoff ILR Symposium


Kevin T. Kabat, vice chairman and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp, will present his “Perspectives on the Financial Crisis” at a dinner on April 4, 2013, kicking off the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s national symposium on “Law and the Financial Crisis.”

Kabat, who has been Fifth Third’s CEO since 2007, has won praise for his guiding of Fifth Third through the financial crisis. Kabat received his bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Purdue University. Fifth Third is a major presence in the central Indiana banking market and its employees are active participants in the life of the community. Fifth Third Bank and Fifth Third Foundation provided a $5 million gift for the Eskenazi Health Capital Campaign. The new facility is expected to open in December 2013.

The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. on April 4 in the Law School Atrium. The Symposium will follow the next day, also at the Law School.

Former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh will deliver the keynote address to begin the symposium, titled “Law and the Financial Crisis,” on April 5 in the law school’s Wynne Courtroom. Senator Bayh’s lecture will focus on his experience as a member of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs during the financial crisis.

Panel discussions during the event will feature distinguished national academic, government, and business leaders and examine the connection between law and the financial crisis by pursuing three inquiries: (1) law’s role in instigating the financial crisis; (2) law’s effectiveness in addressing the financial crisis; and (3) law’s potential in preventing the next financial crisis.

The symposium is sponsored by the Indiana Law Review, a legal periodical edited and managed by students of IU McKinney Law that publishes scholarly articles by professors, judges, and practitioners from throughout the country. Andrea Kochert is editor of a special issue of the Law Review that will contain the proceedings of the symposium.

To purchase tickets to the dinner on April 4, or to the symposium with CLE credit on April 5, register online.

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