Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law given by scholar with Delaware roots
Public Relations - Published: November 26, 2013
Widener Law welcomed home one of Delaware’s own for the 2013 Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law.

Guhan Subramanian, the Joseph Flom Professor of Law & Business at Harvard Law School, gave the lecture Friday, Nov. 22 at a breakfast in the Hotel du Pont, Wilmington. He repeated the talk later that morning for students in Polishook Hall on the Delaware campus.

Subramanian, who also serves as the Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at Harvard Business School, grew up in Hockessin, Del., the son of a father who worked for DuPont and a mother who worked for Wilmington Trust. He said he was pleased to return to the First State and join the distinguished list of 28 speakers who came before him.

“I’m deeply honored to give this lecture,” he said. “I’m humbled to be among them.”

Subramanian spoke about “Delaware’s Choice.” His remarks centered on the state’s antitakeover statute, its constitutionality and the merits of amending it to strengthen it against a possible legal challenge.

“We all know Delaware is the corporate law of this country and it’s important that we all get it right,” he said.

Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor Leo E. Strine Jr., a long-time friend of Subramanian, introduced him at the breakfast. The men worked together in the office of then-U.S. Rep. Tom Carper in the 1980s. He lauded Subramanian as an intelligent scholar who cares deeply about his teaching.

“This is a very special lecture series and it really has brought to our state some of the most distinguished minds in corporate law,” Strine said.

Subramanian noted in his breakfast talk that his first academic article was published in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. Later that morning, at Subramanian’s encore lecture for students, Journal Editor-in-Chief Brittany M. Giusini presented him with the journal edition that included his article.