Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Law Review Features Symposium on Adolf Berle

The most recent issue of the Seattle University Law Review (vol. 33, no. 4) features papers from a symposium entitled "In Berle's Footsteps."  Held at the Seattle University School of Law on November 6-8, 2009, the event was arranged to celebrate the opening of the Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law, and Society there. In his opening remarks, Chancellor William B. Chandler III offered this assessment:
[Berle] was a very successful lawyer, a groundbreaking scholar, a diplomat, an assistant secretary of state, an ambassador, a speechwriter for the president, a policymaker, and a member of FDR’s so-called “brain trust.” . . . But more than any of these impressive credentials, he literally redefined the universe of American corporate law.
The full texts of the papers are available on-line.  The essays include:
Kenneth Lipartito and Yumiko Morii, "Rethinking the Separation of Ownership from Management in American History"
Charles R. T. O'Kelley, "Berle and the Entrepreneur"
Jessica Wang, "Neobrandeisianism and the New Deal: Adolf A. Berle, Jr., William O. Douglas, and the Problem of Corporate Finance in the 1930s"
Harwell Wells, "The Birth of Corporate Governance"