Press Release

Morgan Lewis to Host Fordham Law’s Annual Sommer Lecture Featuring Columbia Law Professor John C. Coffee, Jr.

October 30, 2017

NEW YORK, October 30, 2017: Morgan Lewis is proud to support the 18th Annual A.A. Sommer, Jr. Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law at Fordham University School of Law on November 8, featuring John “Jack” C. Coffee Jr., Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School.

The Sommer Lecture is one of Fordham Corporate Law Center’s most significant and influential programs, inviting leading regulators and policymakers to share with the law school and the business community insights into critical issues confronting global financial markets. The lecture was established in 2000 by Morgan Lewis in tribute to the firm’s distinguished former partner, Al Sommer, who helped start the firm’s securities regulatory practice more than 35 years ago.

Morgan Lewis partner Ben A. Indek will introduce Professor Coffee, whose lecture titled “The Agency Costs of Activism” will address the rise of hedge fund activism. A fellow at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Professor Coffee has served as a reporter to The American Law Institute for its Corporate Governance Project; on the Legal Advisory Board to the New York Stock Exchange; and as a member of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s advisory committee on the capital formation and regulatory processes. He has authored and edited several widely used casebooks on corporations and securities regulation as well as various scholarly books, and has been repeatedly listed by the National Law Journal as among its “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”

The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place on campus at 150 West 62nd Street, in the Costantino Room (2nd floor, Room 2-02) at 6:30 pm. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.