On September 29, Cornell Law School and the Clarke Business Law Institute (BLI) hosted “New Voices in Financial Market Regulation,” an academic roundtable conference. The event brought together some of the finest junior legal minds in the country to discuss their research with leading scholars in the field from Cornell, Georgetown, Columbia, and Vanderbilt.
“In the wake of the 2008 crisis, it has become clear that legal experts, as much as economic experts, had failed to keep up with the risks that were developing in our nation’s financial system,” says conference organizer Lynn Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Cornell. “This conference was designed to encourage and promote the best in emerging legal scholarship on the problem of regulating financial markets and financial institutions.”
The conversation spanned a range of pressing topics, including the complexities of regulating derivatives markets, the role of insurance regulation in consumer protection, and ways to reform the banking system.
Among the Cornell participants joining Stout were BLI professors Robert Hockett and Chuck Whitehead. Other participating scholars included Margaret Mendenhall Blair, the Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise at Vanderbilt Law School; Jeffrey N. Gordon, the Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy at Columbia Law School; and Adam J. Levitin, the Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.