Delaware Supreme Court Justice Jack Jacobs to Speak at W&L Law

Lexington, VA Thursday, February 24, 2011


Justice Jack Jacobs
On Monday, February 28, Jack B. Jacobs, Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, will deliver a public lecture at Washington and Lee University School of Law. The title of Justice Jacobs' lecture is "Patient Capital:  Can Delaware Corporate Law Help Revive It?" 

Sponsored by the Frances Lewis Law Center, the talk is scheduled to begin at noon in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Christopher Bruner, Associate Professor of Law at W&L and an expert in corporate and securities law, said, "Justice Jacobs is a giant in the field of corporate law, both as a jurist and as a scholar."  As Delaware is the jurisdiction of incorporation for over 50 percent of U.S. public companies and 63 percent of the Fortune 500, its corporate law "has tremendous global impact," Bruner added.  "We're thrilled that our students, faculty, and community will have this opportunity to hear from one of the most influential voices in corporate governance today." 

In addition to his public lecture, Justice Jacobs will participate in a W&L symposium on Friday, February 25, exploring the recently released Restatement (Third) of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment, for which he served as an advisor.  On prior visits to W&L, he has met with students studying hostile takeovers and participated in a corporate law conference.

Justice Jacobs was appointed to the Delaware Supreme Court in 2003. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery for 18 years. From 1968 to 1985, Justice Jacobs practiced corporate and business litigation in Wilmington, Delaware.  He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Harvard University.

In addition to his judicial activities, Justice Jacobs serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, Widener University School of Law, and Columbia University School of Law. He is a member of the American Law Institute, as well as the Delaware and American Bar Associations, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Justice Jacobs has authored or co-authored numerous law review articles addressing various aspects of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has served as a guest lecturer at numerous law schools including as Morrison & Foerster Lecturer at Stanford Law School, Regent's Lecturer in Residence at the UCLA School of Law, and Distinguished Jurist Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Justice Jacobs serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Columbia Law School Center on Corporate Governance, and the Center for Corporate, Securities and Financial Law of Fordham Law School.

Established in 1978 with a generous gift from Frances and Sydney Lewis, the Law Center's mandate is to support faculty research and scholarship that advances legal reform. The Law Center fulfills this mission by sponsoring scholars-in-residence, supporting the scholarly research of the law school's faculty, and organizing legal symposia that feature national and internationally renowned scholars.

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