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Professor Randall ThomasArticle co-authored by Randall Thomas selected as one of the Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles for 2018

“Delaware’s Retreat: Exploring Developing Fissures and Tectonic Shifts in Delaware Corporate Law,” co-authored by Thomas with James Cox, was presented by Thomas as the Pileggi Lecture in Law at Widener University Delaware Law School.

Morgan Ricks Morgan Ricks and co-authors propose "FedAccounts," a public option for bank accounts

Ricks and co-authors John Crawford and Lev Manand argue for offering accounts with the Federal Reserve, which come with privileges such as higher interest rates, instant clearing and added security, to everyone.

book cover WATCH: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jesse Eisinger, A Lecture and Celebration of the “The Chicken***t Club; Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives"
October 17, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Law and Business Program, the Criminal Justice Program, the Criminal Law Association, the Law and Business Society and retired DOJ Fraud Section Executive Deputy Chief John Arterberry


2017 Behavioral Law and Economics Conference poster Behavioral Law and Economics Conference

October 27, 2017
Alexander Room

The 2017 Behavioral Law and Economics Conference brought together a diverse, interdisciplinary group of junior and senior behavioral law and economics scholars. The goals were first, to provide junior scholars feedback on their current behavioral work.  A second goal was to take stock of behavioral law and economics scholarship and chart a productive path forward. To this end, the conference was capped off Friday afternoon with a panel debating these issues. The panel included Ian Ayres, Eric Talley, Kip Viscusi and Kathy Zeiler.


Bloomberg: Opinion: Bank CDs and a strip-club hedge fund - July 20, 2017 - Banks and regulators care a lot about the nuances of banks’ capital structures. The purpose of a bank is to issue cash-like risk-free senior liabilities and invest the proceeds in risky lending activities, but in modern legal systems there is a problem with these hierarchies. Research by Yesha Yadav, professor of law, is mentioned.

The Delaware Court of Chancery turns 225...and still looks pretty good for its age Joseph R. Slights III The Delaware Court of Chancery turns 225...and still looks pretty good for its age

January 23, 2017 / 12:00 p.m. / Flynn Auditorium

The newest member of Delaware's Court of Chancery, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III , discusses Delaware's and Chancery's unique role in the development of corporate law, including some observations on the Court's long history and sustainability, specialized jurisdiction, and how its structure, operations and procedures are designed to address complex disputes in real time.


19th Annual Law and Business Conference No issue today demands more attention from legal advisors to public companies than the issues arising from the increased power of shareholders to influence board and management decision making. The 19th Annual Law & Business Conference explored how this changing dynamic has affected business strategy and capital allocation decisions and the governance structure of public companies as well as the tactical strategies most effective in meeting the challenges of battles with activist shareholders. In addition, the conference focused on how these dynamics have impacted the most pressing issues affecting Compensation and Audit Committees.



Article co-authored by Randall Thomas and Paul Edelman among “Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2015” - In “Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism” (87 Southern California Law Review 1359, 2014), coauthors Randall Thomas, Paul Edelman and Robert Thompson assert that “traditional theory about shareholder voting, rooted in concepts of residual ownership and a principal/agent relationship, does not reflect recent fundamental changes as to who shareholders are and their incentives to vote (or not vote).” Their article was among the “Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2010.”

The News Journal (Delaware): Proposed bill aims to balance shareholder rights; judicial resources - May 31, 2016 - Randall S. Thomas

Bloomberg: Clinton lurks in shadows when sparring with Sanders on banks - May 26, 2016 - Morgan Ricks

2016 Inaugural Central Banking and Financial Regulation Conference

Inaugural Central Banking and Financial Regulation Conference: TAKING STOCK: Financial Regulation Since the Crisis



Eitan Tabak '98 and Scott Lynn '98

The Life, the Law, and the Business - The Law and Business Society welcomed VLS alumni Eitan Tabak '98 and Scott Lynn '98 to discuss their career paths.



Tim Bowler Event poster The U.S. Treasury's Response to the Financial Crisis - Were the bank bailouts of 2008 good for America? A talk featuring Tim Bowler, a senior official at the U.S. Treasury Department and former executive at Goldman Sachs.


Shareholder Power Conference Image Shareholder Power Conference - This Conference is part of a larger project on Shareholder Power arising out of a collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) Centre for Law & Business and the Vanderbilt University Law and Business Program. The Conference aims to bring together leading scholars from around the world to discuss the issue of Shareholder Power from a variety of perspectives.

Chronicle of Higher Education: 10 revealing tidbits we found in football coaches’ contracts - December 17, 2015 - Randall Thomas and Larry Van Horn

Bloomberg Review: Who is a corporation supposed to serve? - June 16, 2015 - Margaret Blair

WalletHub: ChexSystems score: What it is and how to improve it - June 15, 2015 -Yesha Yadav

Reuters: Activists good, bigger activists better - April 30, 2015 - Randall Thomas

Wall Street Journal: Opinion: The surprising market response to activist hedge funds - April 23, 2015 - Randall Thomas

The Conversation: Opinion: Bogeyman of credit crisis needs reform to align risks and responsibilities in CDS market - January 7, 2015 - Yesha Yadav

The Law and Business Seminar features distinguished legal and business scholars presenting their research on current important issues in the corporate and securities fields.

Students read and prepare written critiques of the papers presented and develop an understanding of the empirical techniques commonly employed by academics and practitioners in these fields.

Fall 2016 Seminar Scholars

David Skeel , University of Pennsylvania Law School - August 29

John Morley , Yale Law School - September 12

Hillary Sale , Washington University Law School - September 26

Ron Gilson , Columbia Law School - October 10

Colleen Honigsberg , Stanford Law School - October 24

Larry Hamermesh , Widener University Delaware Law School - November 7

Jim Cox , Duke University Law School - November 28