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Annual Sommer Lecture to Feature SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce

November 07, 2019

NEW YORK, November 7, 2019: Morgan Lewis, Fordham Law School, and the SEC Historical Society are proud to support the 20th Annual A.A. Sommer Jr. Lecture on Corporate, Securities, and Financial Law on November 14, featuring US Securities and Exchange Commissioner Hester Peirce.

This year’s program will feature a fireside chat with Commissioner Peirce and Morgan Lewis partner Ben Indek. The conversation will include a discussion of the SEC’s enforcement program, the regulation of digital assets, and the interplay between innovation and regulation, among other topics. 

Ms. Peirce was appointed to the SEC by President Donald Trump and was sworn in on January 11, 2018. Prior to joining the SEC, she served as senior research fellow and director of the Financial Markets Working Group, now Program on Financial Regulation, at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. While at the Mercatus Center, her research explored how financial markets foster economic growth and prosperity, and the role well-designed regulation plays in protecting investors and consumers while promoting financial stability and innovation.

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 business and legal 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 was SEC commissioner from 1973 to 1976 before starting the firm’s securities regulatory practice 40 years ago.

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