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 in the evenings, or over a break, which allows students to immerse themselves in the topic area.


Governance in Action: Advising a Board in Times of Stress

Sept 19 – 25 @ 5:00 – 7:00pm
Sept 28 @ 1:30 – 5:30pm

Frank M. Placenti ’79 Partner, Squire Patton Boggs  Profile

The course is designed to challenge students to develop their counseling skills by exposing them to the complex and intertwined governance, securities laws and practical business issues presented when advising a board of directors in a transactional setting. The class will analyze a hypothetical involving the sale of a company under duress with oversight by a board dominated by directors with dual and conflicting interests.

Corporate Governance Law

Oct 1 – 4 @ 7:00 – 9:00pm
Oct 5 @ 1:30 – 5:30pm

Dan Sandman

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

Drafting and Negotiating International Petroleum Agreements

Oct 15 – 18 @ 6:00 – 8:00pm
Oct 19 @ 1:30 – 5:30pm

Norman Nadorff: Senior Counsel, Tauil & Chequer Advogados (Associated with Mayer Brown) Profile

The course, intended to be taught every other year, will introduce the students to the international “upstream” oil industry and its major types of agreements. It also provides practical, hands-on experience in contract drafting. Students are taught the advantages of clear and concise drafting designed to “express” rather than “impress”. They also learn how stellar drafting leads to stellar negotiations. In addition, the course teaches students how to work with pre-contractual documents (i.e. letters of intent, etc.) in a way that accomplishes business objectives while reducing clients’ legal risk. This course is intended as a companion to a course taught by Professor Nadorff titled “Negotiating International Petroleum Contracts” which also is intended to be taught every other year.  The ideal sequence is for the student to take the drafting course one year and the negotiations class the following year, though this is not required and each course is designed to be stand-alone, should a student choose to take only one of them.

Introduction to International Mergers, Acquisitions, and Strategic Investments

Nov 26 – 29 @ 7:00 – 9:00pm
Nov 30 @ 1:00 – 5:00pm

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



Lorenzo Corte Partner, Cross-Border 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.


International Arbitration

March 7 @ 5:00 – 7:00pm
March 8 @ 8:00am – 5:00pm
March 11 – 12 @ 5:00 – 7:00pm

Stephen Anway ’02: Partner, Co-Head of Investment Treaty Arbitration, Squire Patton Boggs LLC (Profile)

The course examines the international arbitration process and the legal framework of private contract, national law, and international treaties in which it operates. The course is relevant to lawyers with either a transactional or a litigation practice in an increasingly globalized world.

Dispute Resolution in Employment

Mar 11 – 14 @ 9:00am – 4:30pm

lawrence   James K.L. Lawrence Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC  Profile

This course offers skills and strategies for effective resolution of employment disputes in non-union work environments, with a focus on avoiding litigation. Students will discuss statutory and common law relevant to the workplace and apply that background in interactive exercises involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and other workplace disputes.

Resolving Community Civil Rights Disputes

Mar 18 – 21 @ 7:00 – 9:00pm
Mar 22 @ 1:30 – 5:30pm

Becky Monroe: Director, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Stop Hate Project (Profile)

Resolving Community Civil Rights Disputes is a highly interactive course that will focus on multi-party negotiations, working in teams, group decision-making, and negotiating on behalf of organizations to solve complex problems, specifically when there are communities divided by civil rights disputes. In the context of both real case studies and simulations, we will address diverse public policy issues associated with communities grappling with civil rights issues.  We will explore the roles of the federal government, local government leaders, advocates, law enforcement, and other community members in addressing these issues.  We will also engage in dialogue and simulations to explore the role of mediators in supporting the work of local leaders at times of civil unrest.  Civil unrest reflects deep divisions that can pose significant challenges and risks of harm, but civil unrest can also produce positive results if the pressure leads to policy and cultural change. In many instances, participants experience the divisions as intense and pervasive; yet remain optimistic that they can be resolved.