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The Institute hosts conferences that leverage Cornell Law School's position as an academic forum to address important business law topics. Many of the conferences will be limited in size to facilitate candid discussion and will take place in Ithaca, New York City, and other venues.

Winter/Spring 2013

Symposium on Law, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
February 8, 2013, Cornell Club, New York City

In line with the new Cornell NYC Tech campus, this all-day conference focused on legal issues that affect innovation and entrepreneurship. There were four panels during the day. The panels included academic authors and non-academic commentators. The conference papers were published in the September 2013 issue of the Cornell Law Review.

Panel 1 was on Capital Markets with speakers Donald C. Langevoort, Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Robert B. Thompson, Peter B. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law at Georgetown University Law Center.  Commentator was Anna T. Pinedo, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Panel 2 was on Intellectual Property with speakers John F. Duffy, Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law and Armistead M. Dobie Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Oskar Liivak MA '97, PhD '00, Associate Professor, Cornell Law School, with Commentators Lawrence W. Granatelli JD '84, Partner, Fenwick and West LLP, and Marshall Phelps JD '69, Former Vice President, IBM, and former Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft.

Daniel P. Huttenlocher, Dean of Computing and Information Science and Dean of Cornell NYC Tech gave the lunchtime Keynote talk.

Panel 3 began the afternoon session with a discussion of Venture Capital with speakers Katherine Litvak, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law; Michael Klausner, Nancy and Charles Munger Professor of Business and Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Stephen J. Venuto JD '96, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; and Jesse Fried, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.  Commentators for this panel were Jim Fulton, Partner-in-Charge, New York Office, Cooley LLP; Eric Young BS '78, Co-Founder and Partner, Canaan Partners; and Josh Wolfe BS '99, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Lux Capital Management.

Panel 4 addressed Law and Innovation with D. Gordon Smith, Glen L. Farr Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University.  Panelists were Greg Pass BA '97, Entrepreneurial Officer, Cornell NYC Tech, Cornell University; Colin Hill MS '00, Founder and CEO, GNS Healthcare, Inc.; and Steven C. Browne JD '88, Co-chair, Corporate Practice Area, Bingham McCutcheon LLP.

Past Conferences

"New Voices on Financial Market Regulation"
September 29, 2012, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, Room 241, Myron Taylor Hall
Professor Lynn Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law, hosted this conference including Adam Levitin, Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Yesha Yadav, Assistant Professor Law, Vanderbilt Law School; Daniel Schwarcz, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota School of Law; Simone Sepe, Associate P, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona; Kathryn Judge, Associate Professor, Columbia Law School; Saul Omarova, Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Jeffrey Manns, George Washington University; Jeffrey Gordon, Columbia; and Margaret Blair, Vanderbilt University.  Other Cornell Law participants included Professor Charles Whitehead, Professor Robert Hockett, and Visiting Professor Gina-Gail Fletcher.

Financial Regulatory Reform in the Wake of the Dodd-Frank Act
October 28, 2011, New York City
Cornell Law School hosted an all-day conference in New York City on issues facing financial regulatory reform following passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. The conference featured luminaries from the worlds of law, finance, government, and academia, as well as forty law students who traveled from the Ithaca campus. The speakers' viewpoints often clashed, but were candidly discussed in a discourse that reflected the conference's academic setting.