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Tulane Law School strives to create opportunities that enhance our students' practical skillsets in order to better prepare them for their jobs following law school. Through partnerships with local legal professionals, alumni, employers and law school faculty, Tulane Law works to supplement the classroom experience with programs such as Intersession "Boot Camp", externships, judicial clerkships and pro bono opportunities.

Corporate Governance

Course Description
This mini-course is taught by Louis Fishman, with a possible appearance by Andrew Moore (on video) and David Bonderman.  Other distinguished guests are expected from time to time.  The course carries one semester hour of credit and meets for six two-hour sessions.  It is graded on the “P, D, F” basis.  It began as a course on how corporate governance failures contributed to the Enron debacle.  It now considers the legal and business problems that grew out of corporate governance failures by Sir Conrad Black in connection with the Hollinger companies, and the approach of the Delaware courts to Disney making a severance payment exceeding $130,000,000 in lieu of claiming that a questionable hire was terminated "for cause."  It also considers a chapter or two from James Freund's book "Smell Test," which examines lawyers caught in what could be career-ending ethical dilemmas involving business clients.  Finally, it considers important new business cases in important corporate jurisdictions like Delaware, and significant business news items.  It is not a business enterprises-type course.  Because a significant portion of the course is current events, which are not predictable, the course in prior years has had no syllabus, a frequent student complaint.  This year may or may not be different.  Professor Moore was a Justice on the Delaware Supreme Court during the halcyon years of corporate takeovers in the 1980s.  Professor Bonderman is the founder and managing partner of TPG Group, one of the world's largest and most important private equity firms.  Professor Fishman is a senior partner at a New Orleans boutique law firm.  This course should interest law students and business students who are attracted to legal representation of, and/or legal, managerial or business roles in, publicly held corporations, investment banks, private equity firms or hedge funds, large or small; or who are interested in analyzing corporate and personal governance failures with a view toward identifying and avoiding them (i.e. applying the "smell test"); or who want more detailed study of a few of the precedents that bear upon modern principles and "best practices" of corporate governance.  For law students, a background in corporation and securities law will be useful, but not prerequisite.  For business students, a background in business law and ethics will be useful, but not prerequisite.  We will review those subjects in an early class.  The course is most appropriate for students in their last or second-to-last year prior to graduation.  The course is a good choice for those foreign students who are very proficient in English. One caveat:  The availability of Professor Bonderman is not entirely predictable, and Professor Moore is available only on DVD. (1 credit)
Upcoming Semester Offered
Spring 2018

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