Securing the Ballot: A Conference on Proxy Access

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The George Washington University Law School
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052

RSVP to Rana Dotson at or 202.994.7171. Please indicate attendance at panel discussion 7:30am-12noon and/or luncheon keynote address 12:15-1:30pm.


7:30–8am: Continental Breakfast and Registration

8–8:30am: Welcoming Remarks

Frederick M. Lawrence
Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School.

Lisa M. Fairfax
Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School.

Proxy Access: Where are We and What Does it Mean?

Moderator: Professor Larry Mitchell, Theodore Rinehart Professor of Business Law and Executive Director, C-LEAF, The George Washington University Law School.


  • Kenneth A. Bertsh, Executive Director, Corporate Governance, Morgan Stanley
  • William Bratton, Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr., Professor of Business Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Catherine Dixon, Partner, Weil Gotshal, former chief counsel, Division of Corporate Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Patrick McGurn, Special Counsel, RiskMetrics Group
  • Leo Strine, Jr., Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery


Potential Impact of Reform

Moderator: Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School.


  • Bruce E. Aronson, Associate Professor of law, Creighton University School of Law
  • Edward Durkin, Director of Corporate Affairs, United Brothers of Carpenters and Joiners
  • Jill Fisch, Perry Golkin Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Brett McDonnell, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota Law School
  • John F. Olson, Founding Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Panelist Profiles 

Lunch and Keynote Address

  • Introduction: Professor Larry Cunningham
  • Brandon Rees, Deputy Director, Office of Investment, AFL-CIO

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available for this conference

1.  Delivery method: Group-Live; panel discussions and lectures by speakers, with limited ability of registrants to ask questions of the speakers.

2.  Written materials will be provided on the conference website and be accessible to all registrants. 

3.  CLE:  DC will provide CLE credit for 3 hours of instruction.  Upon request, GW Law School will submit applications to state CLE programs for CLE credit. Since CLE accrediting is decided by the individual states, no advance assurance can be given that credit will be granted in all cases.

4. Please indicate your interest in CLE when completing the designated portion of the online registration form. Individuals seeking CLE credit must sign in and out on the official roster each day of the program.




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