Academic journal article Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

The Fourth Annual A.A. Sommer, Jr. Lecture on Corporate, Securities & Financial Law*

Academic journal article Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

The Fourth Annual A.A. Sommer, Jr. Lecture on Corporate, Securities & Financial Law*

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DEAN TREANOR1: Good evening. I am Bill Treanor, the Dean of Fordham Law School, and I would like to welcome you all tonight to the Fourth Annual A.A. Sommer Lecture.

This lecture series started in 2000. We began with Arthur Levitt, then had lectures from Mary Shapiro and, last year, SEC Commissioner Harvey Goldschmid. The lecture series has grown in conjunction with our Center for Corporate Securities & Financial Law, directed by Professor Jill Fisch with the assistance of Professor Caroline Gentile.

I am delighted to introduce tonight William McDonough, our Fourth Annual Sommer lecturer, who is Chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board ("PCAOB" or "Board").

I would like to recognize Professor Fisch, Professor Gentile, and Florencia Marotta, our Corporate Center Fellow, for all their work in putting together this evening's lecture. I would like to also recognize John Peloso of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which was Mr. Sommer's firm. Mr. Peloso has been so instrumental in the creation of this lecture series and in the creation of our Corporate Law Center, which is rapidly remerging as one of the nation's leading think tanks in the area.

I now turn matters over to Mr. Peloso. Thank you very much.


MR. PELOSO2: Good evening, everybody.

I am here simply for the lecture, but I am also at the podium on behalf of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to welcome you and Mr. McDonough to the Fourth Annual A.A. Sommer Lecture on Securities Law.

As I think many of you out there know, this lecture was established four years ago by Morgan Lewis as a way of interacting with Fordham Law School to stimulate the study of securities law and as a way of helping to get started a Center for Corporate securities Law here at Fordham, which has been done, as you just heard the Dean say.

We thought a good way to do that was to have a lecture in honor of our partner who is the one most identified with the securities world, Al Sommer. Al was a Partner of Morgan Lewis for many years before retiring in 1994. He was a practicing corporate lawyer all of his career, with some time out to be a very distinguished member of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and on the adjunct faculty of a number of law schools. He was very, very active in professional affairs-the list would be too long to go through. Some of it is in your program.

He was especially connected to the accounting industry from which he received in 2000 their Gold Medal of Honor Award for years of service to the accounting industry, making Mr. McDonough's presence here this evening particularly appropriate, for which we thank you.

Al was here for the first two lectures to introduce the speaker, but right before last year's lecture he passed away. I know his lovely wife Starr was going to be here, and she may be stuck in traffic. In any event, I like to think that Al will always be with us with these lectures because it really stands as a monument to his professional career.

Morgan Lewis is very proud of its affiliation with Al through the years. He was the founder of our securities practice and somebody from whom many of us learned a lot. We are really pleased to have sponsored this lecture in his honor.

Welcome, everybody.


PROFESSOR FISCH3: Good evening. On behalf of the Fordham Law School community, I am delighted to welcome you, and add my welcome, to the Fourth Annual A.A. Sommer, Jr., Lecture.

I would like to express the School's deep gratitude to the firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for their generosity in establishing the lecture.

Because we are commemorating the seventieth anniversary of the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2004, we have the honor of having the SEC Historical Society join us as well.

I would also like to express our gratitude to PCAOB Chairman William McDonough for agreeing to deliver this year's lecture. …

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