Center for Business Law & Regulation
Center for Business Law & Regulation

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Lectures & Symposia

Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lecture

The Arthur W. Fiske Memorial Lectureship was created in 1988 by Alice Fiske White to honor her brother’s devotion to his alma mater and his abiding interest in legal education. Arthur Fiske was a 1931 graduate of Western Reserve’s Adelbert College, where he won prizes in oratory, extemporaneous speaking, and debate. He graduate from this law school in 1933, and went on to spend virtually his entire career—fifty years—as head librarian of the Cleveland Law Library Association. The Fiske endowment brings renowned lecturers of national or international reputation to the School of Law to speak on a subject of current legal interest.

2012 — Troy A. Paredes, Commissioner, Securities & Exchange Commission — "Securities Regulation"

Dean Lindsey Cowen Business Law Lecture
The Dean Lindsey Cowen Business Law Lecture was established in 2002, with a generous gift from the Ferry Family Foundation. The Cowen lecture, delivered annually, includes a major public address by an expert from the academy, legal and business communities, or government on a key topic in the field of business law and regulation. The speaker is in residence for several days to encourage direct interaction with law students and faculty. This lectureship offers a lasting tribute to Lindsey Cowen who served as a professor and dean of the law school from 1972 through 1982. Under Cowen's leadership, the law school grew, both in endowment and reputation.

2011 - Todd J. Zywicki, Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law - "The Mortgage Crisis and the Flawed Response of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau"

2010 - William E. Kovacic, Federal Trade Commission “The United States and the Future Development of Global Competition and Consumer Protection Policy”

2009 – Paul Clement, former Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice – "The Roberts Court as a Business Court"

2008Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit – "Is Corporate Law Still a Race to the Top?"

2007Douglas H. Ginsburg, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit – "Appellate Courts and Independent Experts”

2005Richard Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago – “Justified Monopoly? Common Strands in the Regulation of the Pharmaceutical and Telecommunications Industry”

2004 – Nobel laureate Vernon Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Law at George Mason University, “Economics, Market Behavior, and the Law” 

George A. Leet Business Law Symposium
The George A. Leet Business Law Symposium endowment was established in 1999 to provide a national forum on business law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The symposium, which is held in alternate years, generates knowledge for our students as well as scholars, lawyers, and business people across the country. George Leet, a dedicated and generous supporter of Case, is a graduate of Adelbert College (1940) and the Case School of Law (1946).

2012-2013 - "Executive Compensation: New Developments and Emerging Trends"
Professor Jesse Fried, Harvard Law School

2010-2011 - "The Changing World of Securities Regulation"
David M. Becker, Gen Counsel/Sr. Policy Director, SEC; John C. Coffee, Jr., Berle Professor, Columbia University Law School

2008-09 – "Institutional Investors in Corporate Governance: Heroes Or Villains?"
Professor Edward B. Rock, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Professor Robert B. Thompson, Vanderbilt University; John Wilcox, former Senior VP and Head of Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF

2006-07“Lawyers in the Crosshairs: The New Legal and Ethical Duties of Corporate Attorneys,” featuring SEC Associate General Counsel Richard Humes, Professor Geoffrey P. Miller (NYU), former SEC Commissioner Professor Harvey J. Goldschmid (Columbia University), and Professor Thomas Morgan (GWU Law School).

2004-2005"Corporate Governance:Directors vs. Shareholders?” featuring SEC Commissioner Roel Campos, Lucian Arye Bebchuk (Harvard), and Jonathan Macey (Yale).

2002-2003“The Role of Lawyers in Strategic Alliances,” featuring Stephen Fraidin Rachelle C. Sampson.

Norman A. Sugarman Lecture
Each year the law school hosts a distinguished professor, judge, or practitioner from the field of taxation. Recent Sugarman lecturers have included Renato Beghe, Judge of the Tax Court of the United States Marvin Chirelstein, Columbia University, and William F. Nelson, Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.

2011 - Patricia Cain, Inez Mabie Distinguished Professor, Santa Clara University & Aliber Family Chair in Law Emeritus, University of Iowa
2010 – John Tiley, Professor of Tax Law; Fellow, Queens College, University of Cambridge
2007 George K. Yin, Edwin S. Cohen Distinguished Professor of Law & Taxation, University of Virginia
2006Richard Vann, Challis Professor of Law, University of Sydney
2005Douglas A. Kahn, Paul G. Kauper Professor, University of Michigan Law School
2004Donald L. Korb, Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
2003Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service
2002Martin D. Ginsburg, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
2001Mark A. Weinberger, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy
2000Kenneth J. Kies, Former Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation
1999Bernard Wolfman, Fessenden Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
1998Judge Renato Beghe, United States Tax Court
1997Marvin A. Chirelstein, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
1996Kenneth J. Kies, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation
1995David S. Bradford, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
1994Eric Solomon, Assistant Chief Counsel (Corporate), Internal Revenue Service
1993 – Boris I. Bittker, Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale Law School
1992Terrill Hyde, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Washington, D.C.
1991William D. Andrews, Eli Goldston Professor of Law, Harvard University
1990Herbert C. Chabot, United States Tax Court
1989Bernard Wolfman, Fessenden Professor of Law, Harvard University
1988Don J. Pease, Ways & Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
1987 – John K. McNulty, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
1986William F. Nelson, Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
1985John F. Tiley, Queens’ College, Cambridge University
1984Barber S. Conable, Jr., Ways & Means Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
1983William S. McKee, King & Spaulding, Washington, D.C.
1981Donald Alexander, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service
1980Marvin A. Chirelstein, Professor of Law, Yale University

Additional Lectures and Symposia
In addition to the endowed lectures above, the Center hosts numerous public lectures, faculty workshops. Prior programs include:

Supreme Court Preview Symposium
2007-08: “Scheme Liability, Section 10(b), and Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific Atlanta,” co-sponsored by the Corporate Law Practice Group of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies – The symposium examined Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific-Atlanta, arguably the most important securities law case to reach the Court in a decade, shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case on October 9, 2007. The Court considered whether primary liability under Section 10(b) extends to third-parties, such as auditors, attorneys, or vendors, who engage in allegedly fraudulent transactions with a public corporation. In Central Bank of Denver v. First Interstate Bank of Denver (1994), a divided Supreme Court rejected claims of secondary liability under Section 10(b). Stoneridge called upon the court to revisit Central Bank and reconsider the limits on liability for third-parties in securities litigation.

2004-05: "Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal and the Constitution – Legal and Policy Perspectives" – In anticipation of Supreme Court arguments in Kelo v. City of New London, the Center hosted a symposium on the legal and policy aspects of eminent domain. The conference was co-sponsored with the Environmental Law and Property Rights Practice Group of the Federalist Society, and featured a wide-ranging discussion of issues related to eminent domain and urban renewal. Speakers included Professor Thomas Merrill (Columbia), Eric Claeys (St. Louis University), Bert Gall (Institute for Justice), Peter Byrne (Georgetown), Sam Staley (Reason Public Policy Institute), and others.

Environmental Policy Lecture Series:
2007-08: "An Environmental Break Through? The Challenge of Climate Change, the Death of Environmentalism, and the Politics of Possibility." Speakers were Ted Nordhaus, Chairman, and Michael Shellenberger, President, The Breakthrough Institute. Center Director Jonathan Adler and Ted Steinberg, Professor of History and Law at Case Western Reserve University, provided commentary.

2003-04: Through a relationship with PERC—The Center for Freemarket Environmentalism, the Center presented lectures by leading scholars in environmental policy, economics, and public affairs. Speakers included Robert Nelson, Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Maryland and PERC Executive Director Terry Anderson. Nord Family Foundation cosponsored the series, which was published in Case Western Reserve Law Review, Volume 55, Issue 1, "Symposium: The Roles of Markets and Governments."

Since its founding in 2003, the Center has also sponsored lectures and events at the law school on a wide-range of topics, including: James Bennett, Anglosphere Institute (future success of the values of English-speaking nations); Don Kates (gun ownership as a deterrent to genocide); naturalist Wallace Kaufman (environmental issues in transition economies); Steven Bank, UCLA (tax); and Ahmed Taha, Wake Forest (conflict of interest and the SEC).