Over the last several years, Cornell Law School has expanded its course offerings to provide students with extensive exposure to transactional law. In addition to a range of deal seminars and practica, the Law School has created opportunities for students to collaborate on a one-on-one basis with experienced practitioners such as James J. Junewicz, a partner at Winston & Strawn’s Chicago and New York offices, who specializes in securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.
During the fall 2013 semester, then third-year law student Matthew Aglialoro jumped at the chance to pursue a “directed writing” under Professor Junewicz’s supervision. “Business Organizations and Securities Regulation gave me a strong foundation, but I wanted to find a way to hone in on a specific topic. The directed writing with Professor Junewicz gave me a chance to take advantage of his expertise and ultimately to explore and write about an interesting area of the law.”
Aglialoro’s article explores the intersection of national security concerns and federal and state law regarding the disclosure of material information and corporate governance in connection with foreign investment in the United States. The article argues that current laws are overly burdensome and unfairly applied. Aglialoro recommends wide-reaching reform of the current law, including deregulation of certain U.S. industries and the institution of an independent panel to review inbound investments.
Aglialoro continued work on the article after graduating in May 2014, and decided to submit it for publication. “In less than a week,” he notes, “I heard from multiple journals expressing interest in my work.” Ultimately, he accepted an offer of publication from the University of Cincinnati Law Review.
“Over the past five years, Cornell Law School has moved to the forefront of legal education in the transactional area, and I’ve been happy to be a part of it,” notes Professor Junewicz, who also teaches a Deals Seminar on Capital Markets Transactions. “Matthew wrote a terrific paper, and I’m happy to see that it will be published.”
Aglialoro attributes his publication to Professor Junewicz’s guidance. “I cannot emphasize enough how rewarding it was to work with a prominent practitioner. The input I received was the single greatest reason this article was selected for publication.”