Distinguished Practitioners in Residence Program

The Distinguished Practitioners in Residence Program brings accomplished practitioners as adjunct professors to Moritz to teach one-credit, concentrated courses in advanced aspects of business law.  The courses often take place over a long weekend or during a break, which allows students to immerse themselves in the topic area.

Fall Semester 2014

Corporate Governance Law

October 13 – 17

Dan SandmanDan D. Sandman ’73 former General Counsel & Corporate Secretary U.S. Steel Profile

James Johnson     James Johnson ’72 former Chief Legal Officer Procter & Gamble Profile

This course examines the role of in-house counsel in a major U.S. corporation.  Topics of study include corporate organization, litigation management strategies, legal compliance, attorney-client privilege, the role of the Corporate Secretary, annual reports and annual meetings, among others. Prior completion of or concurrent enrollment in Business Associations is required.  Take-home exam.

Introduction to International Mergers, Acquisitions, and Strategic Investments

October 20 – 22 and November 13 – 14

Scott V. Simpson

Scott V. Simpson Partner, Co-Head of Global Transactions Practice, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP Profile

This course examines the legal, business and strategic complexities connected to the development of a merger or acquisition involving U.S. public companies and (primarily) European acquirers.  Materials focus on comparing U.S. and European domestic law regulation of M&A practice, the development of stock purchase agreements and joint ventures, fiduciary responsibilities of Boards of Directors, representations and warranties, accounting and tax aspects of the multiple business relationships, and the strategic lawyering initiatives, governed by professional ethics, that are used to explore and conclude such transactions.  Two major case studies integrate the course materials.

Spring Semester 2015

Dispute Resolution in Employment

March 16 – 19

lawrenceJames K.L. Lawrence Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC Profile

This course offers skills and strategies for effective negotiation and mediation of employment disputes in non-union work environments. A summary of negotiation and mediation principles and best practices will be provided. Prior to negotiating and mediating settlements through interactive exercises involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and other workplace disputes, Statutory or common law background knowledge will be discussed which may be needed to resolve the conflicts short of litigation. Skills in drafting agreements to mediate, corporate policies and agreements for resolving disputes through various ADR options short of litigation, and settlement agreements which may include provisions for global waivers and releases of all claims will be covered.