Center for the Study of Business Law & Regulation

A Range of Exciting Programs

The Center’s programs bring together scholars, practitioners, regulators, and judges to study how best to improve the functioning of a market-based economy. Among the programs regularly held are:

The Brooklyn Journal for Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law annual symposium draws academics, government officials, and practitioners to the Law School to discuss timely issues in the field. The inaugural symposium of the Center will reflect on the Consumer Protection Bureau after its first year of operation.

The Barry L. Zaretsky Roundtable Series honors the late Professor Barry L. Zaretsky, a beloved mentor, distinguished scholar of bankruptcy and commercial law, and a dedicated classroom teacher. His work inside and outside the classroom bridged the worlds of theory and practice in these fields. The roundtable program joins a distinguished panel of practitioners, judges and academics to discuss cutting-edge bankruptcy and commercial law topics. Students also join the conversation, spurring further exploration of difficult questions in this area.

The Abraham L. Pomerantz Lecture commemorates the life and work of Abraham Pomerantz, a 1924 graduate of the Law School. He is considered by many to have been the "dean of the class action bar." Pomerantz pioneered suits by small shareholders against officials of big corporations and specialized in so-called derivative suits, in which the company receives the award and passes it on to all stockholders. The biennial lecture focuses on topics of corporate securities law and related issues of professional responsibility that brings nationally-recognized scholars to the Law School to debate a timely topic. The law firm of Pomerantz LLP, of which Abraham Pomerantz was the founding partner, provides continuing support for this series.

Past Programs and Events

  • 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.

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  • Modern securities markets move at record speed, but fast-moving markets also can be dangerous. Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and the co-director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law at the University of San Diego Law School, discussed his research on snap decisions and how securities regulation should take into account the speed of decision making.  

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    Read Portnoy's article in the Brooklyn Law Review.

  • The symposium examined new methods of leveraging enforcement by both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice and analyzed whether more vigorous law enforcement techniques have been effective or have created new problems.  

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Bill Heller

View video of the Conversation with Bill Heller, General Counsel to the New York Giants

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Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation
Brooklyn Law School 
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Brooklyn, NY 11201

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