"The Failure of Corporate Law"

A leader in the area of corporate law scholarship who has been named Distinguished Faculty Fellow for Seattle University School of Law’s Center on Corporations, Law & Society will speak at the law school Monday, April 2.

Kent Greenfield, professor at Boston College Law School, will present “The Failure of Corporate Law: Fundamental Flaws & Progressive Possibilities” at 4 p.m. at Sullivan Hall on the corner of 12th and Columbia. A reception will follow. The event is free of charge and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested to Rebecca Parker at parkerr@seattleu.edu.

Greenfield is the author of “The Failure of Corporate Law: Fundamental Flaws and Progressive Possibilities,” in which he argues that corporations have lost their previous sense of civic responsibility and any potential as vehicles for positive social change. He says most corporations are prevented by law to take into account the interests of the public, including shareholders, workers, creditors and the communities in which corporations operate. Greenfield proposes several practical and progressive reforms that are designed to give the public a larger voice in how corporations are governed. These changes would enable corporations to serve the interests of society, not just those of shareholders and company executives, he says.

Greenfield, who writes in the area of business and constitutional law, is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court and to Judge Levin H. Campbell of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling, in Washington, D.C., before joining the faculty of Boston College Law School in 1995.

His articles are widely cited, and he has been called “the leading figure” and “the most creative thinker” in the progressive, stakeholder school of corporate law scholarship. Greenfield has presented papers or lectured in 25 states and six countries. He is also the founder and president of the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), an association of three dozen law schools and other academic institutions organized to fight for academic freedom and against discrimination.

For more information on Greenfield or his lecture, contact CCLS Director Dana Gold at (206) 398.4252 or goldd@seattleu.edu.

On Friday, March 30, Greenfield will speak about his new book at a lunch lecture co-sponsored by the Center on Corporations, Law & Society and the American Constitution Society in downtown Seattle at the law firm Perkins Coie, located at 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800. Attendance is free of charge; lunch can be purchased for $10. To RSVP for this event, visit www.acslaw.org/chapters/lawyer/pugetsound/rsvp.

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