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 2017

Governance in Action: Advising a Board in Times of Stress

September 6-8, 11-12, 15

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.

Introduction to International Mergers, Acquisitions, and Strategic Investments

October 16-20

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.

Corporate Governance Law

October 30 – November 3

Dan SandmanDan 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.


Spring Semester 2018

Negotiation and Mediation

March 12 – 15

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

This course offers skills and strategies for effective negotiation and mediation advocacy emphasizing the importance of building working relationships and achieving better outcomes in individual and group negotiation and mediation. Two broad objectives have been built into the course design: to practice basic negotiation skills through interactive exercises and to familiarize the student with various strategies for dispute resolution other than resolving differences through litigation. The student will learn how to prepare effectively for negotiation and mediation, how to negotiate agreements on contentious issues and how to review a negotiation or mediation with an eye toward developing rules of thumb for what went well and for improving what might have been handled differently.