Each spring, the Virginia Law & Business Review sponsors an academic symposium held at the University of Virginia School of Law. Topics of recent symposia have included: the impact of institutional investors on capital markets, the business of health care, and most recently, the JOBS Act.

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2014 Symposium

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In late February the Virginia Law & Business Review held its Spring 2014 Symposium on "Contemporary Debates in Corporate Law: Issues in Corporate Governance." The Symposium's panelists and speakers provided their thoughts and insights on contemporary issues regarding corporate governance. There were four panels at the symposium, with topics including: Incorporation and The Nevada-Delaware Debate; Shareholder Activism; Multi-District Litigation versus Exclusive Forum Bylaws; and a Round-Table Discussion. Former Chief Justice Myron Steele from the Delaware Supreme Court provided an excellent keynote address.

Corporate governance refers to the way by which corporations are directed and controlled. Incorporators, shareholders, boards of directors, and other stakeholders all play a role in helping corporations to succeed or fail. Despite the desire of the stakeholders to ensure that a corporation becomes and remains prosperous, tension often exists among these actors and governance must define how the corporation is run. There has been renewed interest in the corporate governance practices of modern corporations, particularly in relation to accountability, since the high-profile collapses of a number of large corporations in the early 2000s, making the symposium especially relevant to current business law practice.

Watch the Keynote Video

Myron T. Steele '70, recently retired chief justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware, addresses corporate governance in the wake of corporate collapses in the past decade during a Feb. 21 talk at the University of Virginia School of Law. Steele's talk was the keynote during this year's Virginia Law and Business Review symposium, which covered a wide range of corporate governance issues


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