Corporate Law and Governance Initiative

About the Initiative

The Corporate Law and Governance Initiative seeks to facilitate constructive discourse, innovative scholarship, and both practical and novel solutions around issues pertaining to corporate law and governance, with a particular emphasis on the manner in which corporate law and corporate governance structures impact identifiable communities ranging from women and people of color to shareholders and other corporate stakeholders.

Upcoming Events

2018 Law Review Symposium: Women and Corporate Governance
November 2, 2018

The Symposium will explore the role of women in a changing corporate environment, particularly in light of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath. Recent social, political, and economic events have brought renewed attention to the ways in which the corporate environment is impacted by, and responsive to, women. It is especially vital to further this discussion today, as corporations grapple with the under-representation of women on their boards, in their C-suites, and in a host of other managerial positions.

In place of the traditional individual keynote, we have the privilege of hosting a fireside chat featuring the three women who have served as Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – Mary Schapiro, Elisse Walter, and Mary Jo White, moderated by Professor Lisa Fairfax.

Conference on the Role and Impact of the Chief Diversity Officer
April 30, 2018

Please join us for a conference that will explore that recent rise in the number of public corporations that have hired chief diversity officers as well as the role and anticipated impact of such officers. The conference will bring together chief diversity officers at major corporations, federal agencies, law firms, and other institutions along with practitioners and academics interested in the intersection of diversity issues and corporate law and corporate governance. 

Literacy Matters

Financial LiteracyWhy Literacy Matters

An understanding of basic financial concepts is important to ensure your own personal financial well-being so that you can have enough money to make ends meet, avoid crippling debt, plan for your future, and retire comfortably.  Financial literacy (or lack thereof) also impacts the stability of our financial markets and the broader economy.  Federal regulators including the SEC, FINRA, and the CFTC, all emphasize the importance of financial literacy to the financial health of individuals and our markets.  The Initiative will seek innovate ways to support financial literacy efforts.

Test Your Literacy IQ with the FINRA Literacy Quiz.

Investigate Before Investing: Check out the SEC's website on how to investigate about an investment professional's background.

How to Spot an Investment Scam? Check out these tips from FINRA.


Lisa M. Fairfax
Lisa M. Fairfax
Director, Corporate Law and Governance Initiative
Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law


Vincent Glynn
Vincent Glynn

Vincent Glynn, Jr. is a third-year law student at The George Washington University Law School, expected to receive his JD in May of 2018.  Born in the District of Columbia and raised in the neighboring Maryland suburbs, Vincent graduated from Towson University in 2015 double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice.  At GW Law, he has been involved in a wide range of activities and has served as a Legal Research & Writing Fellow, Executive Notes Editor of The George Washington International Law Review, Academic Co-Chair of the Black Law Students Association, and is a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.  Upon graduation, Vincent will begin his career as a Litigation Associate at the Washington based firm, Covington & Burling, LLP, where he will practice in government investigations and white collar litigation. 

Brooke Thompson
Brooke Thompson

Brooke Thompson, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English, with a concentration in Advanced Composition and Rhetoric and a minor in Political Science. She is currently a second-year law student at The George Washington University Law School where she is a distinguished Dean Scholar. She is a member of The Federal Communications Law Journal and the Black Law Students Association. She also serves on the board of the Equal Justice Foundation as the Vice President of Stipends. Brooke has a unique background in grant writing with a passion for community development. She is currently working as a grant writer with the Nehemiah Project Community Development Corporation in Fairburn, Georgia. Brooke is interested in Corporate Business Law and is pursuing a career in-house after graduation.

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