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CCLS hosts fifth academy, names distinguished fellow

Known as a national leader for promoting discussion about the complex and important relationships between business enterprises and their many stakeholders, the Center on Corporations, Law & Society will host the Fifth Annual Directors Training Academy June 15 and will have a Distinguished Faculty Fellow for the next academic year.

The Academy has become one of the Center on Corporations, Law & Society’s signature programs and is the premier full-day training institute in the Pacific Northwest dedicated to educating corporate board directors, their counsel and management about important issues in corporate governance.  The program combines top-flight faculty that include board directors and CEO’s from top publicly held companies, academics, corporate advisors and other experts while also providing opportunities for collaborative learning among the attendees  through small break-out sessions.

The theme for this year’s Academy, set for June 15, is “The Board’s Balancing Act: Managing Risk and Setting Strategy for Long Term Value.” In an era of continuing corporate scandals and intense scrutiny by regulators, shareholders, consumers and competitors, board directors have the challenging job of ensuring the business meets compliance standards, while at the same time focusing on building long-term value. This year’s Directors Training Academy, hosted in collaboration with the Albers School of Business and Economics and the National Association of Corporate Directors, will offer concrete tools to help public and private boards strike the right balance of ensuring compliance, evaluating and managing risk and guiding strategy through good governance practices.

Speakers include:

  • Phyllis Campbell, director, Puget Energy and Puget Sound Energy, Nordstrom and Alaska Air Group
  • C. Kent Carlson, partner, K&L Gates
  • Jeff Coopersmith, partner, DLA Piper, former deputy supervisor of the Complex Crimes Unit in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington
  • Rick Fox, director of Premera Blue Cross, aQuantive, and Flow International
  • Stewart Landefeld, partner and firmwide chair, Business Practice, Perkins Coie
  • Scott Mitchell, chairman & CEO, Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG)
  • Michael Morgan, shareholder, Lane Powell
  • Donna Nagy, C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law
  • Sally Narodick, director, Puget Sound Energy, Penford Corporation, Solutia, Inc., Cray and SumTotal Systems
  • Arlen “Arnie” Prentice, chairman & CEO, Kibble & Prentice; chairman, NACD, Seattle-Northwest Chapter
  • Steve Reynolds, chairman, president & CEO of Puget Energy and Puget Sound Energy; director of Oregon Steel Mills, Inc. and Intermec, Inc.
  • Hillary Sale, professor of law and F. Arnold Daum Chair in Corporate Finance and Law, University of Iowa College of Law
  • David Taylor, partner and firmwide co-chair, Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice, Perkins Coie.
  • Trish Zuccotti, senior vice president, CAO and controller, Expedia, Inc.

To add to the scholarship and symposia, the Center has named Kent Greenfield, a leader in the area of corporate law scholarship and a professor at Boston College Law School, Distinguished Faculty Fellow for the 2007-08 year.

Kent GreenfieldGreenfield is professor of law and Law Fund Research Scholar at Boston College Law School, where he teaches and writes in the areas of business law and constitutional law. His articles are widely cited, and he has been called “the leading figure” and “the most creative thinker” in the “stakeholder” school of corporate law scholarship. Greenfield has presented papers or lectured in 25 states and six countries. He is the author of “The Failure of Corporate Law: Fundamental Flaws and Progressive Possibilities,” and 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. 

“We are honored to have a scholar of Kent’s caliber working with the Center,” CCLS Director Dana Gold said. “He has already given much to the Center and the law school through his presentations and scholarship, and we are excited about collaborating with him on multiple projects over the coming year.”

Greenfield, who has worked informally with the Center since its inception, will engage in scholarship efforts and special projects to amplify the Center’s mission of fostering dialogue and scholarship on the role law plays in understanding the relationship between corporations and society. He will make periodic visits to Seattle throughout the year.

For more information on the Directors Training Academy and registration, please click here.


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