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      Visiting Scholar Program Returns to Delaware Law School

      David H. Webber

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      Professor David H. Webber of Boston University School of Law will serve as the 2016 scholar.

      Delaware Law School is looking forward to the return of its annual program featuring a visiting scholar in residence in corporate and business law. Professor David H. Webber of Boston University School of Law will serve as the 2016 scholar.

      Webber will give the lecture “Rethinking ‘Political’ Considerations in Investment” on Monday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. at The Wilmington Club off Rodney Square. He will address the law school community the following day at noon in the Alfred Avins Special Collections Library room of the Main Law Building.

      Webber’s talk is presented by Delaware Law School, the Ruby R. Vale Foundation and The Delaware Counsel Group LLP, Attorneys at Law, a Wilmington-based law firm that advises nationally and internationally on Delaware corporate and alternative-entity transactions.

      The school’s Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law strives to serve as a forum for interaction between business law scholarship and practice. The institute maintains that the law profits from actively engaging lawyers, judges, legislators and scholars who practice, study and define it. Institute Director and Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law Lawrence A. Hamermesh said the school is looking forward to the events.

      “Our scholar in residence program was designed to create a forum for scholarly interaction between the Delaware bench and bar and younger law professors who are establishing solid reputations in corporate and business law,” Hamermesh said. “This program has created strong bonds between our speakers and the Delaware legal community. We look forward to hearing Professor Webber’s scholarly insights and hope to enrich his work with feedback.”

      Webber is a leading expert on securities and investment law. His research on shareholder activism, corporate governance and shareholder litigation has frequently been cited by courts and academics. His work is increasingly focused on the intersection of politics and investment. Public pension and labor union funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, and socially responsible investors are increasingly using their shareholder power to pursue ends not traditionally pursued by investors. As the size and power of such investors continues to grow in the 21st century, they will change the way markets and companies operate, challenging traditional legal constraints on investor behavior. Webber will address some of these issues at the events, and in a forthcoming book, to be published by Harvard University Press.


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