John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance

2010 Events

Thurs, Nov. 18, 2010
John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker Series

Bill Gradison Member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board,
Member of the U.S. Congress (1975-1993), Former Senior Public Policy Counselor Patton Boggs, LLP

The University of Delaware’s John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker Series welcomed Bill Gradison to Delaware for a luncheon and address in which Bill shared his unique perspective on regulation, politics and Washington, DC.

Before joining the PCAOB, Mr. Gradison was senior public policy counselor with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Patton Boggs from 1999 to 2002. He previously served as president of the Health Insurance Association of America for six years. Mr. Gradison held elective office for more than 30 years. Before being elected to the U.S. Congress from his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, he was a member of the Cincinnati City Council for 13 years, serving as Vice Mayor and Mayor. During his 18 years in Congress, from 1975 to 1993, Mr. Gradison was the ranking member of the House Budget Committee and the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means.

Mr. Gradison addressed the current political climate in Washington, trends in corporate law and governance and the oversight of the accounting profession.


Fri., Nov. 12, 2010
Weinberg Center Annual Corporate Governance Conference: “Dodd-Frank and the New Corporate Board”

  1. Frank Zarb, Managing Director, Hellman & Friedman, Former Chairman & CEO of NASDAQ, Former Chairman & CEO of Smith Barney, and “Energy Czar” under President Ford
  2. There du Pont, President, Longwood Foundation, Board Member, DuPont Corporation
  3. Harvey Goldschmid, Columbia University School of Law, Former SEC Commissioner
  4. Ken Daly, CEO, National Association of Corporate Directors
  5. Joann Lublin, Management News Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  6. Ann Yerger, Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors

Updated Conference Papers:

“Do Independence and Financial Expertise of the Board Matter for Risk Taking and Performance?” By Rohan Williamson (Georgetown University), Bernadette Minton (The Ohio State University), and Jérôme P. A. Taillard (Boston College) Download

“Investment Bankers’ Culture of Ownership?” By Sanjai Bhagat (University of Colorado at Boulder) and Brian Bolton (University of New Hampshire) Download

“Is Delaware’s Antitakeover Statute Unconstitutional? Evidence from 1988-2008” By Guhan Subramanian (Harvard Law School), Steven Herscovici (Analysis Group, Boston MA) and Brian Barbetta (Analysis Group, Boston MA) Download

“Measuring Board Co-option and Predicting Corporate Outcomes” By Jeffrey Coles (Arizona State University), Naveen Daniel (Drexel University), and Lalitha Naveen (Temple University) Download

“Tweaking Governance for Small Companies After Dodd-Frank” By James D. Cox (Duke University School of Law) Download

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Tues., October 19, 2010
Symposium on Citizens United

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Thurs., Apr 29, 2010
TARP and Government Ownership of Publicly Traded Companies – Impact on Shareholder Value and Director Fiduciary Duties

  1. Brandon Becker, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Office, TIAA-CREF
  2. Jeff Gordon, Alfred W. Bressler Professor of Law; Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Professorship, Columbia Law School
  3. The Honorable Randy Holland, Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware
  4. Rob Hull, Chief Financial Officer, Providence Equity. LLP
  5. Labe Jackson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clear Creek Properties, Inc.
  6. Robert Jackson, Attorney Advisor, Department of the Treasury
  7. Robert McCormick, Chief Policy Officer, Glass Lewis & Company
  8. Morris Offit, Chairman Offit Hall Capital Management LLC; Director, AIG
  9. Roberta Romano, Oscar M. Ruebhausen Professor of Law and Director, Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law
  10. Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, California State Teachers’ Retirement System


Thurs., Mar. 25, 2010
The Caremark Compliance Approach to the Prevention of Corporate Fraud and Other Forms of Illegal Conduct – Success or Failure?

  1. Christine Bachrach, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, HealthSouth, Inc.
  2. Christopher Bruner, Associate Professor of Law, Washington & Lee School of Law
  3. Odell Guyton, Compliance DIrector, Microsoft
  4. The Honorable Jack B. Jacobs, Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware
  5. William Lafferty, Partner, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnel, LLP
  6. Brady Long, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Pride International
  7. John Maupin, President. Morehouse School of Medicine; Director HealthSouth, Regions Financial Corp., LifePoint Hospitals, Inc.
  8. Mark Mendelsohn, Deputy Chief, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice
  9. Alan Palmiter, Professor, School of Law-Wake Forest University
  10. Roy Snell, CEO, Health Care Compliance Association


Tues., Mar. 16, 2010
John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speakers Series with John White

On Tuesday, March 16, 2010, as part of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance’s Distinguished Speaker Series, John White presented his thoughts and insight into the current economic crisis, focusing on financial reporting reform as well as proxy access. Mr. White is a partner in the corporate department of Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP, where he is Co-Chair of the Corporate Governance and Board Advisory practice. From March 2006 through December 2008, he served as Director of the Division of Corporate Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the division responsible for overseeing disclosure and reporting by public companies within the United States.

Mr. White advised the audience that a “one size fits all” approach to governance reform may not be an ideal solution. Contrasting current legislative proposals regarding governance with the reforms adopted by and after Sarbanes-Oxley, Mr. White noted that the financial reporting reform agenda coming from SOX has been largely effective. By contrast, look to the UK, he posited, where many of the corporate governance reforms sought today have been in place for several years–yet the UK was not spared the effects of the financial crisis.

Mr. White remains skeptical in his assessment of whether the proposals currently contained in the Dodd Bill for example would, if in place, have done much to prevent the credit crisis. Perhaps a more advisable solution, he said, lies in a private ordering approach unique to individual corporations in their respective industries rather than mandates handed down from the federal government.

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