Berle X: Berle and His World

11 05 2018


I’m sharing the program of the Berle X conference, which will be held next week at the Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law & Society in Seattle. Needless to say, I am very excited to be presenting along such distinguished scholars.


Berle X: Berle and His World


May 17-18, 2018


MAY 17 and 18, 2018 at Seattle University School of Law


Thursday, May 17, 2018

7:30 am
Continental Breakfast

8:10 am
Chuck O’Kelley, Director, Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law & Society

8:15 am
Keynote Address
The Honorable Leo E. Strine, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware

9:15 am
Bernard Beaudreau, Professor of Economics, Laval University
Technological and Institutional Crossroads: The Life and Times of Adolph A. Berle Jr.

10:15 am


10:30 am
Mark Hendrickson, Associate Professor of History, University of California, San Diego
“In time of stress, a civilization pauses to take stock of itself:” Adolph A. Berle from the New Era to the New Deal

11:30 am
Jessica Wang, Associate Professor of U.S. History, University of British Columbia
Looking Forward in a Failing World: Adolf A. Berle in the Interwar Years
12:30 pm


1:30 pm
Eric Hilt, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College

Berle’s “New Concept of the Corporation” in Historical Perspective

2:30 pm
Brian Cheffins, Professor of Law, University of Cambridge
The Rise and Fall (?) of the Berle-Means Corporation

3:30 pm


3:45 pm
Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance, University of San Diego
Everything New is Old Again: Berle and Corporate Finance

4:45 pm
Chuck O’Kelley, Professor of Law, Seattle University
From Madonna to Caesar: The Berle-Dodd Debate in Context

5:45 pm
Conclusion of Day One

6:30 pm
Cocktails followed by dinner at the Rainier Club.  Dinner will be served at 7:30 pm.  Business Casual attire is requested
Friday, May 18, 2018

7:30 am
Continental Breakfast


8:15 am
Andrew Smith, Senior Lecturer in International Business, University of Liverpool
Jason Russell, Associate Professor of History, Empire State College, SUNY
Kevin Tennent, Lecturer in Management, University of York  
Berle and Means’ The Modern Corporation and Private Property: the Military Roots of a Stakeholder Model of Corporate Governance

9:15 am
Jesse Tarbert, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Loyola University Maryland
Corporate Lessons for Public Governance: Wall Street Elites and the American State after World War One

10:15 am


10:30 am
Bill Bratton, Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professsor of Law, University of Pennsylvania
Gardiner Means and The Modern Corporation’s Missing Chapter

11:30 am
Elizabeth Pollman, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Quasi Governments and Inchoate Laws: Berle’s Vision of Limits on Corporate Power

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Harwell Wells, Herman Stern Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Berle and the ‘Modern Legal Profession’

2:30 pm
Bob Thompson, Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law, Georgetown University
Berle: After the Trifecta

3:30 pm

Session H
3:45 pm
Nick Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism, Columbia University
Berle and the Twentieth Century

4:45 pm
Ewan McGaughey, Lecturer, King’s College, London, and Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge
Democracy in America at Work: Ending the Enron Economy

5:45 pm
Closing Remarks and Thoughts



Berle X Symposium Presenters:

Bernard Beaudreau, Laval University
William BrattonUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School
Brian R. CheffinsCambridge University Law School
Mark HendricksonUniversity of California, San Diego
Eric Hilt, Wellesley College
Nicholas LemannColumbia University in the City of New York
Ewan McGaughey, King’s College, London and University of California, Berkeley
WIlliam NovakUniversity of Michigan
Chuck O’KelleySeattle University School of Law
Frank Partnoy, University of San Diego School of Law
Elizabeth Pollman, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Jason Russell, Empire State College
Andrew Smith, University of Liverpool
Leo Strine, Chief Justice, Delaware Courts
Jesse Tarbert, Loyola University, Maryland
Kevin Tennent, University of York
Robert B. Thompson, Georgetown University Law School
Jessica Wang, University of British Columbia
Harwell Wells, Temple University Beasley School of Law





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