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Innovation, Influence, and Impact

Through a center focused on innovation and collaboration, Stanford Law is shaping the future of corporate governance. The center’s programs—and the leading researchers, legal practitioners, and business and policy experts they attract—provide a broad range of learning opportunities for students pursuing a future in any field affected by law, economics, and business.

Stanford Law convenes some of the brightest minds in discussions that shape the frontier of law, economics, and business through the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Led by Faculty Director Dan Siciliano ’04, the center provides an environment in which economists, lawyers, financial experts, political scientists, engineers, and practitioners meet and work together.

Tapping Stanford Law’s distinguished faculty, the center serves as a focal point for sustained empirical research on corporate governance through specialized databases and innovative empirical research projects. Students often collaborate on faculty research.

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Rock Center conferences and seminars attract leading academics, regulators, and legal and business professionals and help advance intellectual understanding of corporate governance and behavior. The center is developing materials to strengthen corporate governance as an independent area of teaching and scholarship in business and law schools worldwide. Its lectures, workshops, and classes led by respected visitors from Silicon Valley’s law, business, and venture capital communities give students the chance to learn from the best practitioners in the field.

Stoneridge Liability Panel Discussion

Stoneridge Investment v. Scientific-Atlanta, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2008, has been called “the most important securities case in a generation,” establishing new rules regarding a company’s liability to investors in private securities class action suits. How will the landmark decision affect the SEC’s enforcement priorities? What action might Congress take in response? Should firms that do business with or advise public companies do anything differently to fit within the Stoneridge rule? Students in the law, economics and business program had the opportunity to explore these and other timely questions in April 2008, when Professor Joe Grundfest moderated a discussion with a panel of experts, including a member of the defense team who briefed Stoneridge, and the SEC’s Deputy General Counsel for Litigation and Adjudication.