Lynn Stout Memorial Conference

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Lynn Stout Memorial Conference

Preliminary Agenda

February 1, 2019

The Cornell Club (The Ivy Room)

6 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017



9:00 – 9:15 a.m.                     Opening Address – Dean Eduardo Peñalver,

                                                                                                  Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law


9:15 – 10:15 a.m.                    Panel 1 - “Citizen Capitalism”


This paper-presentation panel focuses on Lynn Stout’s latest book project of the same name, in which she and her co-authors advanced a proposal for creating a universal fund based on a universal share ownership scheme, as a way of giving citizens an active voice in both public and corporate governance.


Tamara Belinfanti, Professor of Law, New York Law School and Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director, Clarke Program on Corporations & Society, Cornell Law School

Robert Hockett, Edward Cornell Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Nelson Tebbe, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School – moderator


10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        Panel 2 - Corporate Law and Governance


This paper-presentation panel focuses on the fundamental issues in corporate law and corporate governance, including the nature of the corporation, corporations’ rights, problems in corporate governance, and new developments in corporate law.


Margaret M. Blair, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise Vanderbilt University

Elizabeth Pollman, Professor of Law, William M. Rains Senior Research Fellow Loyola Law School | Los Angeles

David Ciepley, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Denver

Kent Greenfield, Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, Boston College

Diogo Magalhaes, Visiting Fellow, Cornell Law School

Josephine Nelson, Associate Professor of Law, Villanova University – moderator


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.                  Lunch


1:15 – 2:45 p.m.                     Panel 3 - Markets and Prosociality


This paper-presentation panel focuses on issues of behavioral law and economics, the role of ethics in financial and corporate markets, the impact of financial speculation on market stability and financial crises, and the latest problems in derivatives regulation.


Frank Partnoy, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law | University of California

Erik Gerding, Professor of Law, Colorado Law | University of Colorado, Boulder

Cynthia Williams, Professor of Business Law, Osgoode Hall Law School | York University

Claire Hill, James L. Krusemark Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Saule Omarova, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School – moderator


2:45 – 3:00 p.m.                     Coffee break


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                   Plenary Panel 1 - The Future of Scholarship on

                                                                                         Corporate Law and Finance


This discussion panel focuses on the key trends in, and key challenges facing, the academic community working in this field – and the place of Professor Stout’s intellectual legacy in this process.


William W. Bratton, Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics,  University of Pennsylvania Law School

John C. Coffee, Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law and director of the Center of Corporate Governance, Columbia Law School

Jill E. Fisch, Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Donald C. Langevoort, Thomas Aquinas Reynolds Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Jonathan R. Macey, Sam Harris Professor of Corporate Law, Corporate Finance and Securities Law, Yale Law School

Edward Rock, Martin Lipton Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Robert B. Thompson, Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law, Georgetown University Law Center


4:00 – 4:45 p.m.                     Plenary Panel 2 - The Engagement Challenge


This discussion panel focuses on the key challenges facing scholars of corporate law and finance in their efforts to engage in policy entrepreneurship, promote socially beneficial change, and build bridges with non-academic audiences – and the long-term impact of Professor Stout’s legacy of activism and mentorship.


Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law, George Washington University

Jeffrey N. Gordon, Richard Paul Richman Professsor of Law, Columbia University Law School

Donna M. Nagy, Executive Associate Dean, C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University | Bloomington

Charles R.T. O’Kelley, Professor and Director, Berle Center on Corporations, Law and Society, Seattle University School of Law

Hillary A. Sale, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center



4:45 – 5:00 p.m.                     Concluding remarks



February 2, 2019


10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.         Lynn Stout Memorial Service

                                                        St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church Wall Street

                                                        209 Broadway, New York, NY 10007


Lynn Stout Memorial Service organized by Cornell Law School and with the generous support of St. Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church