College of Law to Host Financial Crisis Symposium Sept. 25

On Friday, September 25, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will host a free daylong symposium on the current financial meltdown.

“The Financial Crisis: Regulatory and Corporate Governance Critiques and Reforms” will feature College of Law faculty and guest speakers who will assesses the need to combine regulatory reform of the country’s financial system while reassessing the role that corporate governance played in the continuing financial crisis, according to Christian Johnson, a professor at the College of Law and organizer of the symposium.

Participants will address topics including Corporate Governance Failures: Protecting Against Recurrence and Precursors to a Crisis: Regulatory Failures. There will also be morning and afternoon panel participant roundtable discussions.

Speakers will include College of Law faculty members Johnson and andre douglas pond cummings, and guests Stephen Ramirez, from Loyola University; Regina Burch and Josephn Grant, both from Capital University; Cheryl Wade, from St. John’s University; and Tim Canova, from Chapman University School of Law.

According to Johnson, “The symposium will bring together scholars from across the country, uniquely combining research on reforms to the nation’s financial regulatory structure with studies of corporate governance failure that contributed to the financial crisis.”

Adds cummings: “We intend to debate and explore the recent actions, efforts and reforms undertaken by the current administration to evaluate whether these will protect the investing public and our capital markets from recurrence. Our event slate represents an incredibly diverse group of intellectuals that will engage in spirited discussion and proposed forward-thinking solutions.”

The September 25 event is free and open to the public, including U of U students.  No pre-registration is required. See the official event page for more information, or call 801-581-7356.

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