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Innovation, Influence, and Impact through the Rock Center for Corporate Governance

Through a center focused on innovation and collaboration, Stanford Law is shaping the future of corporate governance. 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. 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.

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.

In addition to integrating cutting-edge scholarship, empirical research, and policymaking, Stanford Law aims to raise professional and public awareness and promote informed public policy at the intersection of law, economics, and business. Each year, law firms and corporations provide critical support for research, teaching, and program development through the Rock Center Affiliates Program. In return, affiliates and their clients have access to the law school’s high-value executive education programs—including Directors’ College and the Stanford Institutional Investors Forum—and participate as strategic partners in policy and research projects, such as the Stanford Law School’s Securities Class Action Clearinghouse. For more information and a list of current affiliates, please visit the Rock Center Affiliates Program webpage.