Academic journal article Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

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

Academic journal article Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law

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

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DEAN TREANOR:1 Good evening. I am Bill Treanor, the Dean of Fordham Law School, and it is my pleasure to welcome you tonight to the Fifth Annual A. A. Sommer, Jr. Lecture on Corporate, Securities & Financial Law.

Fordham Law School, with the support of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, inaugurated the A. A. Sommer, Jr. Lecture Series in the fall of 2000 with the timely insights of the Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or the "Commission") then-Chair Arthur Leavitt.2 Since then, the Sommer Lecture has continued to bring to Fordham such heavyweights as Mary Schapiro,3 President of National Association of Securities Dealers ("NASD") Regulation, Inc., SEC Commissioner Harvey Goldschmid,4 and last year William McDonough of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.5

Tonight we continue this great tradition with one of the most influential figures in the brave new world of corporate accountability. It is my great honor to welcome Richard G. Ketchum, who in eight brief months as Chief Regulatory Officer of the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE" or "Exchange") has made important strides in restoring confidence in the world's largest equity market.

In addition to his important work at the NYSE, Rick is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Fordham Center for Corporate, Securities and Financial Law (the "Center"),6 and an adjunct faculty member. We are pleased to call him a true friend of the Center and are grateful for his generosity of time and expertise.

The growing dialogue on corporate law and governance through the Sommer Lecture cemented the creation of the Center. Under the direction of Professor Jill Fisch, with the assistance of Professor Caroline Gentile, the Center has grown along with this lecture series over the past four years, continually shedding new light on an increasingly complex corporate environment.

I would like to recognize Professor Fisch, Professor Gentile, and Beth Young, for all their work in putting together this evening's lecture. Thank you, all.

They have also been working diligently to orchestrate the upcoming Albert A. DeStefano Lecture, and it is my pleasure to announce to you that New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer will deliver that address here on April 11, 2005. We will continue to share details with you about this event and other Center events that continue to further the discussion on issues that affect us all.

Now I am honored to introduce a dedicated alumnus and great friend of Fordham Law School, a man whose remarkable commitment to the vision of the Center is a large part of the reason we are here tonight. John Peloso is Senior Counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which is the same firm where Mr. Sommer practiced. In fact, Mr. Sommer recruited John Peloso to work there. So it is particularly appropriate to turn matters over to him at this point.

John has been instrumental both in creating this lecture series and increasing the profile and work of the Center. All of us at Fordham Law School, and all of us at Fordham University, are profoundly in his debt. It is my pleasure to introduce to you John Peloso.

MR. PELOSO:7 Good evening, everybody.

My role here this evening is simply on behalf of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to welcome you to this Fifth Annual A. A. Sommer, Jr. Lecture. As most of you know, the lecture series was established five years ago by Morgan, Lewis as a way of interacting with Fordham Law School to stimulate the study of corporate and securities law and as a way of jumpstarting the Center here at the Law School.

We thought a good way to do that was to identify this lecture in the name of our partner who was most identified with the securities world. Al Sommer was a partner at Morgan, Lewis for many years before retiring in 1994. He was a practicing corporate lawyer for most of his career, but took time out to become a distinguished member of the SEC. …

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