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    09.26.13 Abraham L. Pomerantz Lecture Presented by Professor Hillary Sale: Corporate “Publicness”
    Prof. Hillary Sale

    Thursday, September 26, 2013
    5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Reception to follow.

    250 Joralemon Street
    Brooklyn, New York

    RSVP online by September 24.

    About the Lecture
    Corporations file public documents and through them tell stories about their governance and choices. These documents and statements are vetted and framed to attain the desired effect. Yet, the reality is not always as it seems, and the outcomes are not always within the control of the companies making the disclosures.

    This lecture will address the theory of “publicness,” a term that encompasses the shift in corporate governance from shareholders, officers, and directors to a larger set of actors beyond those on Wall Street. An understanding of publicness and its impact requires thoughtfulness about non-traditional corporate actors, including the media, bloggers, Congress, regulators, and the citizens of Main Street. The lecture will explore the role that non-regulators can play in constraining the choices of corporate actors – through both the pressure for increased regulation and an insistence on publicness itself.

    Hillary A. Sale
    Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management
    Washington University School of Law

    Professor Hillary A. Sale is the Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Washington University in St. Louis.  Professor Sale teaches courses in Corporations, Corporate Governance, and Securities Regulation at Washington University School of Law, a course in Business, Governance, and Law at the Olin School of Management, and leadership and governance courses to executives and Executive MBAs.  

    She is an expert on and frequent speaker to industry and academic audiences about corporate governance, securities regulation, and leadership. Professor Sale is also a leading scholar in these areas and has authored many articles, three of which were selected by Corporate Practice Commentator as among its annual “top ten” corporate and securities law articles.  Professor Sale is co-author (with John C. Coffee, Jr.) of the casebook Securities Regulation, now in its 12th edition, along with a statutory supplement for securities laws and regulations.  She has also written a book chapter in The Iconic Cases in Corporate Law, discussing the In re Caremark International Inc., Derivative Litigation case and the role of good faith in the corporate fiduciary framework.

    In addition to her membership on the Executive Committee of DirectWomen and role as Co-Chair of the DirectWomen Institute, Professor Sale is a member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Association of Law Schools (“AALS”) Committee on Sections and the Annual Meeting.  Professor Sale’s previous appointments include her positions as: Chair and member of the Executive Committees of the AALS Section on Business Associations and Securities Regulation, member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Section of Business Law, and member of the University of Iowa Sarbanes-Oxley Advisory Committee.  

    Professor Sale was awarded the David M. Becker Professor of the Year Award by Washington University School of Law students in 2010, and she was the recipient of the Missouri Women’s Justice Award in 2011.  Prior to joining the Washington University faculty, Professor Sale taught at University of Iowa – College of Law, where she was the F. Arnold Daum Chair in Corporate Finance and Law and recipient of the University President’s Collegiate Teaching Award.  Prior to entering academia, Professor Sale held several positions with government entities in Massachusetts, including her position as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Evelyn F. Murphy.   Professor Sale also served as a law clerk to The Honorable Richard S. Arnold, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced with the law firm of WilmerHale, LLP.  Professor Sale graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and holds a master’s degree in Economics from Boston University, where she also completed her B.A., summa cum laude.  

    Commentators
    John C. Coffee, Jr.
    Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia University Law School

    Jill E. Fisch
    Perry Golkin Professor of Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School

    Moderator
    James A. Fanto
    Professor of Law
    Co-Director, Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation, Brooklyn Law School

    Co-Sponsors
    Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation, and the Brooklyn Law Review

    The Pomerantz Lecture honors the life and work of Abraham L. Pomerantz, a 1924 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. The lecture series focuses on topics of corporate securities law and related issues of professional responsibility.The law firm of Pomerantz Grossman Hufford Dahlstrom & Gross LLP, of which Abraham Pomerantz was the founding partner, provides continuing support for this series.

    Learn more about Abraham Pomerantz and past Pomerantz Lectures.
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