Newsletter Vol.1 Issue 2
I am delighted to welcome you to the second annual issue of Corporate Center Minutes, the e-newsletter for the Corporate Law Center at Fordham Law. Here you will find updates on the Center’s recent events and preview our upcoming calendar.
Fordham Corporate Law Center, established in 2001, is the law school’s nexus for discourse on issues of business and financial law and policy. The Center’s public lectures bring speakers of national and international renown to the law school. In addition, the Center serves as a think-tank for academic discussion of business and financial law through conferences and policy round-tables. Finally, the Center serves as a resource for Fordham Law students, connecting them to our distinguished alumni through our Business Law Practitioners Series and mentoring programs.
Corporate Center Minutes highlights the Center’s many achievements and ongoing developments. We hope you will take the time to learn more about us and look forward to welcoming you at our programs.
Sean J. Griffith
Director, Fordham Corporate Law Center
T.J. Maloney Chair of Business Law
The Center co-sponsored the Gannon Lecture with the Fordham Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, continued our endowed lectures on corporate, securities and financial law, and introduced two new initiatives: the Corporate Compliance Conference and a Forum on “Representation Without Accountability.”
• The Gannon Lecture
• 12th Annual A. A. Sommer, Jr. Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law
• 12th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law
• Corporate Compliance Conference:
• Representation Without Accountability
The Center’s Murphy conference, considered by many as the best corporate law conference in the U.S., brought together top scholars and preeminent practitioners to discuss, debate and learn about current issues in corporate law. Four panels were moderated by faculty from Fordham Law School and George Mason University School of Law. The Center was particularly proud to have sponsor Eugene F. Murphy in attendance.
• Eugene P. and Delia S. Murphy Conference on Corporate Law: Emerging Issues in Corporate Governance
Keynote Speaker: Justice Jack B. Jacobs, Supreme Court of Delaware: “Does the New Corporate Shareholder Profile Call for a New Corporate Law Paradigm?”
Martin Gelter (Moderator): “Labor, Pensions, and Comparative Corporate Governance”
Sean J. Griffith & Alexandra D. Lahav (Moderators): “Multi-Jurisdictional Merger Litigation”
Bruce H. Kobayashi (Moderator): “Business Associations and Private Law Making”
Richard Squire (Moderator): “How Collectivized Settlements Camouflage the Costs of Shareholder Lawsuits”
Now in its second year, the program invites distinguished international scholars to present current research to Fordham Law faculty, students and alumni. A lively interchange between the audience and the speaker follows the presentation. Following is a list of this past year’s speakers:
• M & A in Brazil: Legal and Economic Aspects
• The Law & Finance of Share Repurchases
• Minority Directors in Listed Corporations: A Comparison of U.S. and European Recent Developments
• Recent Developments in Italian & European Small Business Companies
• We are the National Champions: Understanding the Mechanisms of State Capitalism in China
• Microcredit: Money, Morality, and Myth
International In-House Counsel Breakfast Forum
The new breakfast series, moderated by Fordham Law Adjunct Professor Kent Bernard, invited in-house counsel of large multinational organizations to talk with students about their in-house practice. Speakers included:
• Sal Colletti ’85, Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer, Inc.
• Anne Nielsen, Vice-President and Associate General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb
• Dorothy Watson, Vice-President and Legal Head of Alcon Integration, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Regulating Over-the-Counter (OTC) Derivatives
This year’s annual Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law’s symposium examined the new regulations imposed on OTC Derivatives in light of the Dodd-Frank Act. The panel of notable scholars and practitioners examined the efforts of the SEC, CFTC and other regulatory agencies to eliminate bilateral derivatives trading and move derivatives trading onto centralized clearing houses and exchanges.
The Business Law Practitioners Series is an informal lunch-time program for Fordham law students interested in business and business-law. Distinguished alumni share career insights and experiences and students gain an appreciation for the breadth of careers for which their legal education prepares them. The Center thanks Jessica Forbes ’88 for her generosity in sponsoring the Spring 2012 series.
• Corporate Ethics & Compliance: The Billion Dollar Factor in the Business Equation
• How to increase your chances of professional success in any economic climate
• Law School: A Foundation for Entrepreneurs
• Lessons on Applying a Law Degree and Early Legal Practice to a career in Financial Services
• Asset Management and the Changing Legal and Regulatory Environment
• Role of the General Counsel in large hedge funds
• A Career in the Formation of Private Investment Funds
• The Business of Law: career opportunities outside legal practice
• Commercial Real Estate After the Great Recession
• Why it’s important to develop good relationships with one’s regulators
Committee on Diversity in Business Law
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If you are interested in learning more about the committee or would like to participate in the mentor program, please visit the Committee on Diversity in Business Law’s webpage or
The Corporate Law Center and the Journal of Corporate & Financial Law work collaboratively on programs including the Journal’s annual symposium, and the Fordham Corporate Law Forum (blog). According to the 2011 rankings released by the Washington and Lee University School of Law, the Journal of Corporate & Financial Law is the #1 ranked student-edited Banking & Finance journal in the United States, and is ranked eighth for Corporations and Associations.