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Minnesota Law Review Symposium to Focus on Financial Crisis, Aftermath

SEPTEMBER 13, 2010—The University of Minnesota Law School’s Minnesota Law Review will host its annual symposium, "Government Ethics and Bailouts: The Past, Present, and Future," from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2010, in Room 25 of Mondale Hall, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Panelists with diverse backgrounds, expertise, and points of view from prestigious legal and governmental institutions will address complex legal and ethical issues related to the financial crisis and government bailout of private industry. Commissioner Troy Paredes of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a noted scholar of securities regulation and corporate governance, will deliver the lunchtime keynote address.

Robert Hoyt, former general counsel for the U.S. Department of the Treasury under Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, will provide insights into ethics in times of crisis. Paul Atkins, former SEC Commissioner, and Jack Katz, former SEC Secretary, will lead discussions on transparency as a fundamental regulatory principle and analyze who benefited from the bailout.

Leading corporate law scholars, including Steven Davidoff, "The Deal Professor" of the New York Times "DealBook," and Stephen Bainbridge, widely read political and legal blogger, will analyze hot-topic ramifications of the bailout, including federal corporate ownership and Dodd-Frank. Economics and law professor William Black and contracts and business law expert Jeffrey Lipshaw will discuss the question: Did capitalism fail? Leading government ethics scholars Kathleen Clark and Richard Painter will address conflicts of interest as they relate to bailout contractors and the erosion of personal responsibility in government and banking. Lisa Fairfax, co-chair of the ABA Governmental Corporation Law Committee, will consider additional questions regarding government bailouts, corporate governance, and directors’ fiduciary duties.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to engage with both recognized governmental and scholarly authorities regarding recent federal legislation that has had, and will have, far-reaching consequences for businesses, attorneys, and governmental actors. Attendees, panelists, and legal scholars will have the opportunity to continue this dialogue at a reception following the symposium.

Click here for more details and registration information. Students and faculty may register for free. Questions may be directed to Nicole Elsasser ('11), Minnesota Law Review Symposium Articles Editor, at elsa0011@umn.edu or 651-328-3609.