Widener Law’s annual Pileggi lecture to focus on “unsettled and unsettling” corporate law
Public Relations - Published: November 7, 2012
2012PileggiNewspromo235pxWidener University School of Law is pleased to announce that Lyman P.Q. Johnson, the Robert O. Bentley Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, will deliver the 2012 annual Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law.

He will present “Unsettled and Unsettling Issues in Corporate Law,” at a breakfast event Friday, Nov. 9 in the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel du Pont at 11th and Market Streets in Wilmington. Johnson will then deliver an encore version of the lecture to students on Widener’s Delaware campus at 11 a.m. in Polishook Hall room 203.

Johnson, who also holds the LeJeune Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, will question the role of the business judgment rule in fiduciary litigation and whether Delaware law should permit a pluralistic approach to corporate purpose in the for-profit sector.

Johnson is a nationally known scholar whose work focuses on business associations, securities regulations, corporate finance and business planning. His scholarship has been cited by judges in their decisions, presentations and scholarly writings. His article on the business judgment rule was voted by American corporate law professors to be one of the “top 10” corporate and securities law articles in the country in 2005. He holds an undergraduate degree from Carleton College and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

The annual Pileggi lecture event is presented by Widener Law and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, one of three law journals on the school’s Delaware campus. The series has attracted many renowned speakers in the area of corporate law since the first Pileggi lecture in 1986. This year’s program has been approved in Delaware for one continuing legal education credit (no ethics) and in Pennsylvania for one substantive continuing legal education credit (no ethics).

There is no cost to attend the breakfast or lecture. 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.

Those interested in attending should call 302.477.2014. Seating is limited.