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Guest Speakers

To facilitate the exchange of ideas, the Institute has brought business leaders, prominent practitioners and former regulators to campus as guest speakers.

Spring 2013

Class presentations:  

  • Laura S. Harper, Esq. MBA '90, JD '91, Assistant General Counsel, Managed Funds Associates, Derivatives Expert;
  • Ernest L. Schmider, Esq. JD '82, former President, PIMCO Mutual Funds;
  • Leonard J. Kennedy, Esq., JD '74, Senior Advisor and Counselor to Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau;
  • Charles M. Horn, Esq., JD '76, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP;
  • Ken Lefkowitz, Esq. '83, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed;
    Mark Underberg, Esq.  '77, 2012 Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, formerly Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison;
  • Steven C. Brown, Esq. '88, Bingham McCutcheon;
  • Marcia L. Goldstein, Esq. '75, Weil, Gotshal & Manges;
  • Mack F. Rossoff, Rossoff & Co.;
  • James Modlin, A.B. '82, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

G. Rickards, author of Currency Wars:  The Making of the Next Global Crisis, New York Times and National Best Seller, February 25, 2013.

Gordon G. Chang, AB A&S '73, JD '76, Forbes.com columnist and author, "China's Economy:  Prospects for 2013," and "China's Historical Political Transition , Faltering Economy and New Strategic Arc," April 8, 2013.

Dr. Charles Murray, the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, "Coming Apart at the Seams:  American's New Cultural Divide," April 15, 2013.

FALL 2012

"Anatomy of a Deal Negotiation: Mock M&A"
October 29, 2012, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Room 290, Myron Taylor Hall
Mock deal negotiation around the acquisition of a private company by M&A attorneys Joel I. Greenberg, Lynn Toby Fisher, Mark Kingsley, Derek M. Stoldt, and Sara Adler from Kaye Scholer LLP

"Executive Compensation Gone Global - Inside the Practice and the Career Opportunities"
November 8, 2012, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Room 390, Myron Taylor Hall
Executive compensation is not only making regular headlines (due to excesses and abuses), but is also a growth area in law -- from planning to litigation. Our discussion will provide insights into why this practice area is growing domestically and globally, and thereby presenting opportunities for new lawyers. Our speaker, Mark Poerio, '84, has 25 years of experience as outside counsel for this and ERISA, is active in Paul Hastings recruiting, and heads up DC mentoring.

"New Voices on Financial Market Regulation"
September 29, 2012, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, Room 241, Myron Taylor Hall
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.

Spring 2012

"The Three Most Important Trends in China"
Gordon Chang, '76, Forbes.com columnist and author
April 19, 2012, 12:15 pm - 1:20 pm, Room G90, Myron Taylor Hall

"Bank Bail-Outs After the Financial Crisis: The Way Forward"
Neil Radey, Managing Director of Credit Suisse, General Counsel for the Americas and the Asset Management Division, and Co-General Counsel for the Investment Banking Division
April 9, 2012, 1:15 pm - 1:25 pm, Room G90, Myron Taylor Hall

Fall 2011

"From Law School to Wall Street:  Lessons Learned in the Private Equity Business Over the Last Two Decades"
Paul Levy, Founding Partner, JLL Partners
October 17, 2011

"From Riches to Rikers: An M & A Lawyer Becomes a Public Defender"
Blaine (Fin) Fogg, Of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom and President of Legal Aid Society of New York City
November 1, 2011

Spring 2011

"Fixing Wall Street: Too Much Or Not Enough?
David Officer, Former Vice Chairman and COO, Dreyfus; Carol Ann Bartlett, Chief Compliance Officer, Royal Bank of Canada; Steven Kaplan, Commissioner of Banking, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Richard Walker, General Counsel, Deutsche Bank
April 7, 2011, 12:00 pm - 1:10 pm, One World Room, Anabel Taylor Hall

"A Report from the Front Lines: Doing Business in a Changing Middle East"
Michael Hancock, Group General Counsel of Qtel International (Qatar Telecom)
April 5, 2011, 4:00 pm, Room 285, Myron Taylor Hall

"China: Law, Rule of Law, and Business in the World's Most Fascinating Economy"
Gordon G. Chang '76, Forbes.com columnist and author
March 7, 2011, 4:00 pm, Room 285, Myron Taylor Hall