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

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

facebook linked in rss feed youtube itunes

Lawyers in the Crosshairs: The New Legal and Ethical Duties of Corporate Attorneys

2006 George A. Leet Business Law Symposium
Friday, October 13, 2006 * Moot Courtroom A59 * WEBCAST available for viewing on demand after the event

New laws impose novel burdens on corporate lawyers to report possible legal problems up the corporate chain of command and in some cases to withdraw from representing a client and divulge evidence of client misdeeds. These new duties seem to clash with the traditional notion that lawyers owe an overriding duty to the client. This Symposium will discuss what the new law is, where it is headed, and how attorneys can best satisfy their legal obligations while serving the interests of the client.

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 was a dedicated and generous supporter of the University for many years. A graduate of Adelbert College (1940) and Case Western Reserve University School of Law (1946), he spent almost his entire career with the National Labor Relations Board, first as attorney-advisor to a board member, then as assistant executive secretary (1953), associate executive secretary (1961), and senior associate executive secretary (1972). He retired in 1980. In 1998, Mr. Leet received the University’s Newton D. Baker Distinguished Alumni Award for exceptionally meritorious service to Case Western Reserve University. He was a founding member and a past president of the Washington, D.C. alumni chapter, was inducted into the law school’s Society of Benchers in 1989, and served as a longtime member of the Law Alumni Association Board.

Symposium Chair and Moderator
George W. Dent, Jr.
Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Business Organizations Law, Case School of Law

Co-Directors of the Center for Business Law & Regulation
Andrew P. Morriss
Galen J. Roush Professor of Business Law and Regulation, Case School of Law
Jonathan Adler
Professor, Case School of Law

Format - The symposium will consist of three panels, each lasting one and one-half hours. Each panel will have a principal speaker who will talk for 30-35 minutes and two commentators who will talk for 10-15 minutes each. The remaining time will be reserved for audience participation and discussion.

Welcome and Introduction
Professor George W. Dent, Jr., Case School of Law

Panel One - "Current Ethical Issues for Securities Lawyers"
Richard Humes, Esq.,
Associate General Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission
     Geralyn M. Presti, Esq., Senior VP, General Counsel, Assistant Secretary, Forest
     City Enterprises, Inc.
     Robert N. Rapp, Partner, Calfee Halter and Griswold

Panel Two - "Gatekeeping by Contract: Policing Corporate Misconduct by Voluntary Agreement"
Geoffrey P. Miller,
Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law, Director, Center for the Study of Central Banks, New York University School of Law
     Joseph W. Bauer, Esq., VP and General Counsel, The Lubrizol Corporation
     Robert C. Hockett, Assistant Professor, Cornell Law School

Panel Three - "Lawyers as Gatekeepers: A Rationale and Tentative Appraisal"
Harvey J. Goldschmid,
former SEC Commissioner, Dwight Professor of Law,
Columbia Law School
    John P. Dunn, Partner, Jones Day
    Thomas D. Morgan, Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law,
     George Washington University Law School

Publication - The symposium will be published in Case Western Reserve Law Review Vol. 57. For single issue purchase or subscription info: