Harvard's Roe to Deliver Pileggi Distinguished Lecture at Widener Law
Published: September 5, 2007
roeWilmington, Del. - Does Delaware Compete? That is the question that Mark J. Roe, the David Berg professor of corporate law at Harvard Law School will address when he delivers the 2007 Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law at Widener University on Sept. 28.

The media is invited to cover Roe's lecture Friday, Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. in the du Barry Room of the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington. He will also speak to student on the Widener campus at 11 a.m. in Polishook Hall, Room 403. Reporters interested in attending the lecture at the Hotel du Pont are asked to contact the public relations office at Widener in advance so that we may anticipate your attendance for breakfast.

Roe's presentation "Does Delaware Compete?" will examine the first state's monopoly in the interstate charter market. It will also explore how a once-and-for-all exit of corporate America to another state would be catastrophic for Delaware's budget, and how federalization of core elements of corporate law could partially displace Delaware as the nation's corporate capital.

Roe joined the faculty at Harvard Law School in 1999 as the Olin visiting professor of corporate law, and in 2001, became the David Berg professor of corporate law. He has taught courses in antitrust, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, corporate finance, corporate governance, corporations and financial institutions. He is a fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute in Brussels, Belgium.

Before joining Harvard, he was the Milton Handler professor of business regulation at Columbia University School of Law, and previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and Rutgers University School of Law. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1975, he worked with the Federal Reserve System and practiced with Cahill Cordon & Reindel in New York, N.Y.

Roe's lecture is presented by the Widener University School of Law and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, the law school's prestigious law review. The lecture series has attracted many renowned speakers in the area of corporate law since the first Pileggi lecture in 1986.

This year's program has been approved in Delaware for one continuing legal education credit (no ethics) and in Pennsylvania for one substantive continuing legal education credit (no ethics). There is no cost to attend the breakfast or lecture. The event is made possible by the generosity of Francis G. Pileggi, a founding attorney of Pileggi & Pileggi and father of Widener Law alumnus Francis G. X. Pileggi, who conceived of the idea through a desire to create a corporate law forum for practitioners, judges and academics.

Those interested in attending should call 302-477-2145 or email djcl@widener.edu by Sept. 21. Seating is limited.