Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Eric L. Talley, delivered the 2008 annual Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law to a packed du Barry Room at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington on Friday, Oct. 10.
Talley’s lecture, “How Complexity Simplifies Corporate Law, Governance, and Incentives,” was presented by the law school and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. The lecture series has attracted many renowned speakers in the area of corporate law since the first Pileggi lecture in 1986. The event is made possible by the generosity of Francis G. Pileggi, a founding attorney of Pileggi & Pileggi and father of Widener Law alumnus Francis G.X. Pileggi, who conceived of the idea through a desire to create a corporate law forum for practitioners, judges and academics.
Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Eric Talley delivers the 2008 annual Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington.
Professor Talley also took time to speak with students, faculty and staff in Polishook Hall on the Delaware campus.
Seated from left, Law Dean Linda L. Ammons, 2008 annual Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecturer Eric Talley, Francis G. Pileggi, Widener's Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate Law Lawrence A. Hamermesh, Widener Law Professor Ann E. Conaway. Standing from left, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law Managing Editors Joel D. Corriero and Craig J. Springer, the Rev. Anthony Pileggi, Widener Delaware campus Vice Dean Russell A. Hakes, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law Editor-in-Chief Kevin Gallagher and Francis G.X. Pileggi, '86.
Among the dignitaries who attended the breakfast were U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack B. Jacobs, Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Jr., retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice William T. Quillen, Judge Kent Jordan of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Kevin Gross of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
“The history of the Pileggi Lecture is that we select the best of the best,” Jacobs said, introducing Talley after the crowd had learned he assists Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate Law Lawrence A. Hamermesh in the selection of the speaker. “Professor Talley walks with a very distinguished crowd.”
“It’s a terrific honor to be here,” Talley said, noting he had reviewed the list of previous lecturers. “I couldn’t believe the length and breadth and the astounding credentials of a lot of those individuals.”
Following the breakfast, Talley traveled to the Delaware campus, where he addressed students, faculty and staff members on the same topic.