Charles R.T. O'Kelley and the Honorable William B. Chandler, III shake hands at the opening of the 2009 symposium In Berle's Footsteps

The Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law & Society

From the Director, Professor Charles R. T. O'Kelley

It is a privilege to follow in Adolf A. Berle, Jr.'s footsteps. As did Berle, the Center focuses on the nature of the modern corporation and its impact on individuals and society. Moreover, in Berle's words, our larger goal is to "carry on the work of discovering intellectual tools and philosophic principles, in the hope of enlarging the capacity of generations yet unborn to confront conditions and dangers no dawn has yet revealed."

About the Center

The Center facilitates the study of the constantly evolving American and global economic system, the ongoing struggle for power between and among corporations, governments, individuals, and society, and the role of law in mediating and shaping the nature of our economic relations and institutions.

To that end, the Center

  • sponsors the annual Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Symposium on Corporations, Law and Society
  • hosts distinguished visiting faculty
  • collaborates with Centers and scholars around the world to facilitate groundbreaking interdisciplinary scholarship

For more information about the center, please contact Julie McClure at

Contact the Berle Center

Sullivan Hall
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Charles R.T. O'Kelley

Julie McClure
Administrative Director
Phone: 206.398.4282


Justin O'BrienThe Berle Center is pleased to welcome Distinguished Visiting Scholar Justin O'Brien, a specialist in the dynamics of financial regulation. Professor O'Brien is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Director of the Centre for Law, Markets, and Regulation at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is working on a biography of James M. Landis, the key architect of the New Deal disclosure paradigm. "The Triumph, Tragedy and Lost Legacy of James M. Landis: A Life in Full" (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2014) traces the critical importance of the normative dimension of regulatory politics.