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BC Law to Offer Corporate Governance Program

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Boston College Law School, in collaboration with the Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Center for Corporate Citizenship, will present the Directors’ Intensive Program on Corporate Governance on June 22, 2011. The program evolved from discussions with members of the Boston College Law School Business Advisory Council (BAC), which was formed in 2007 in part to create synergy between legal academia and alumni and friends who are business leaders.

The Directors’ Intensive Program on Corporate Governance will address the needs of corporate board directors, senior management and corporate counsel who must respond to sweeping, and constantly evolving, changes in the legal, regulatory, economic and political environments that make corporate governance increasingly important as well as challenging.

"With board directors being held more accountable than ever before, this program is aimed to help business leaders understand and fulfill their fiduciary duties with the rigor and wisdom necessary to both ensure legal compliance while also promoting sustainable, long-term value," said Dana Gold. Gold, former Director of the Center on Corporations, Law & Society at Seattle University School of Law which hosted an annual Directors Training Academy for board directors in the Pacific Northwest, is spearheading the new program for BC Law, with support from Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement, Mike Spatola.

The full-day conference was developed and is championed by an expert convening committee drawn largely from members of the Business Advisory Council and key corporate law faculty, including Bob Popeo ’61 (Mintz Levin), David Weinstein ’75 (retired Fidelity), John Donovan ’81 (Ropes and Gray), Paul Dacier (BAC member; GC/EVP, EMC Corp.), Jim Champy ’68 (author/consultant), Rick Spillane (BAC member; Director, Eaton Vance), Christopher Mirabile ’94 (Race Point Capital), William Gelnaw ’84 (Choate Hall & Stewart), Jim Micali ’73 (Ogletree Deakins; retired CEO Michelin North America), Jeff Sabin ’77 (Bingham McCutchen), professors Kent Greenfield and Renee Jones, and Katherine Smith and Peggy Connolly (Executive Director and Deputy Director, respectively, of the BC Carroll School’s Center on Corporate Citizenship).

The full day conference will be unique in the field of other board director education programs. One of the few programs hosted by a law school, the collaboration with the Carroll School’s Center for Corporate Citizenship emphasizes the Boston College Jesuit focus on both excellence and ethics. The academic intensity of the program will be highlighted by a morning session presented by Bob Popeo and John Donovan, expert corporate law practitioners, who will focus on the current landscape of directors’ duties and director protection--the fundamentals of what directors must know to perform their jobs in the boardroom.

Two panels will then focus proactively on two different but critical aspects of risk management and assessment--social and environmental impacts of the business, and the international landscape of interconnected financial and labor markets and global upheaval. Confirmed speakers for these sessions include Professor Kent Greenfield, C. Kim Goodwin (Director, Akamai and Allianz Global Investors), Danette Wineberg (GC/VP Timberland Co.) and Jami Miscik (Kissinger Associates).

The day will close with a capstone of a case study of an evolving corporate crisis that relates to the day’s earlier themes and topics, where attendees will engage in breakout sessions and discussions, led by Carroll School Dean Andy Boynton and Howard Weinberg (Deloitte).

Attendance for the Directors’ Intensive Program on Corporate Governance will be limited to 100 registrants in order to ensure an atmosphere of active discussion and candor. For more information, visit the program's website, or contact Dana Gold at dana.gold@bc.edu.