Lectures & Symposia

Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law

We are honored to present the free Pileggi lecture series to the Delaware Bench and Bar annually each fall. The Pileggi lecture series provides a unique and stimulating opportunity for crossover between academics and practitioners. This event is eagerly anticipated by the Delaware Bar, especially by the members of the bench on the Court of Chancery and on the Delaware Supreme Court.

We take great care in selecting the lecturer, and focus on their esteemed role as a leading voice in corporate law. Historically, the lecturer discusses unsettled and developing issues within their field.

 The 31st Annual Pileggi Lecture:

“Shareholder Activism: The Triumph of Delaware’s Board-Centered Model and the New Role for the Board of Directors”

Presented By: Professor Jeffrey N. Gordon

Professor Gordon’s Pileggi Lecture is entitled Shareholder Activism: The Triumph of Delaware’s Board-Centered Model and the New Role for the Board of Directors.”  He will argue that Delaware jurisprudence should embrace shareholder activism and reject the poison pill as a managerial defense measure against activist campaigns.  Rather, the focus should be on broadening the role of directors as credible monitors and, if necessary, defenders of the firm’s business strategy and chosen time horizon.

Professor Jeffrey N. Gordon is the Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and co-director of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership and the Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy. He is also a visiting professor at Oxford University and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute.  He has written extensively on corporate law topics, including The Agency Costs of Agency Capitalism: Activist Investors and the Re-valuation of Governance Rights and co-authored The Law and Finance of Corporate Acquisitions and The Principles of Financial Regulation (forthcoming)

Ruby R. Vale Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series

Presented by the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law; Sponsored by the Vale Foundation

The Ruby R. Vale lecture series is intended to bring judges, practitioners and other distinguished public servants to the law school to showcase their work and strengthen connections with the Delaware Law School community. It is designed to shine a spotlight on leaders within the Delaware bench and bar who are nationally known. The event is open to the law school community and the general public.

2015-2016 Distinguished Speakers:

Fall 2015: Justice Randy J. Holland, “Delaware Fiduciary Duties: Case Dispositive Pre-Trial Motions.”

Spring 2016: Frederick H. Alexander, “Adding Ethics to the Fiduciary Relationship.”



“Law Professors as Expert Witnesses”

The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law are honored to present a spring corporate law symposium to the Law School on April 24, 2015, in the Ruby R. Vale Courtroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To Register, please click here.

Great care was taken in selecting the panel members and focusing on their esteemed roles as leading voices in the legal community.  This year the symposium will be on the following topic: Law Professors as Expert Witnesses.”

The symposium panel members will include:

The View from the Bench
Chief Justice Leo E. Strine, Jr., Delaware Supreme Court
Judge Kevin Gross, Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
President Judge Jan R. Jurden, Superior Court of DelawareThe View from Trial Counsel
Thomas J. Allingham, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Wilmington, DE
Parvin Moyne, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
Kenneth J. Nachbar, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, Wilmington, DE

The View from Academia
Professor Andrew L. Strauss, Widener Law Delaware (Dean-elect, University of Dayton Law School)
Professor Arthur Laby, Rutgers-Camden Law School
Professor Edward Rock, University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Ethical Perspective
Professor Stephen Gillers, New York University Law School
Lawrence J. Fox, Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Philadelphia, PA
Professor Nancy Moore, Boston University Law School

The View from the Bench:  This panel will examine the utility of expert testimony from law professors—where it has been helpful, where it has been less than helpful, where it might be useful but has not yet been presented, and where it is unwelcome.

The View from Trial Counsel:  This panel will discuss how to evaluate whether, when, and how to use law professors as expert witnesses, and how to address the obvious problem of how not to invade the law-determining function of courts.

The View from Academia:  This panel brings together the views of law school administrators and professors who have acted as expert witnesses on issues such as the appropriate place or extent, if any, of work as expert witnesses in relation to academic obligations and any other considerations relevant to the mission of the law school.

 The Ethical Perspective:  This panel will explore considerations of professional responsibility in relation to law professor service as an expert witness, such as:  do the Rules of Professional Conduct apply to lawyers who work in this capacity, and if so, how and to what extent?  Are there obligations of competence, diligence, the reasonableness of fees?  Are there issues of conflict of interest, or obligations of candor to the tribunal, and if so, what are they?