Widener Law’s annual Pileggi lecture turns 25
Public Relations - Published: October 21, 2009
Widener Law marked its 25th anniversary of the Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law this month with a packed house at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington. Edward B. Rock, the Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, delivered the lecture “When the government is the controlling shareholder: Implications for Delaware.”

He began by explaining how Delaware corporate law is a “national and international treasure” that is looked to from all over the world. “To have the opportunity to talk to you with so many judges here, former students here, friends here, is a real pleasure,” Rock said.

More than 120 people filled the hotel’s du Barry Room for the event. The breakfast and lecture are made possible through 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.

After his talk at the hotel, Rock traveled to the Delaware campus and repeated the lecture for more than 100 students who gathered in Polishook Hall. Lawrence A. Hamermesh, the Ruby R. Vale professor of corporate and business law and director of the Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law, introduced him to the students.

“What started out as an inauspicious event is now a very big deal,” Hamermesh said, explaining a bit of the lecture’s history.

The lecture is presented annually by the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. Law Dean Linda L. Ammons told the crowd at the hotel she proudly brings the journal along with her on business travel, including on a trip to Italy this past summer. Ammons noted it is the most-cited, student-edited journal and the 10th-most-cited specialty journal.