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Corporate Governance Seminar
J.D. Seminar 113 | 3 credit hours
Recent financial crises and scandals have focused public attention on the “problem” of corporate governance. Why were the conventional forces designed to check the agency problems that naturally arise in the public corporation insufficient? And what, if any, reforms are appropriate in response? This seminar will consider a broad range of governance issues under both state and federal law – the changing role of shareholders and shareholder voting, the empowerment of independent directors and institutional investors, increased responsibilities of “gatekeepers” such as accountants, bankers and lawyers, litigation reform, and the public-regarding responsibilities of corporate decision-makers. An effort will be made not only to examine developments in the law, but develop a critical capacity using theoretical and empirical insights about corporate behavior derived from economics, psychology and organizational theory.
Students may not receive credit for both this seminar and Corporate Governance.