Scholars tackle white collar crime at UHLC seminar

Nov. 29, 2017 — Leading law professors from across the country shared their expertise on various aspects of corporate impropriety at the 2017 White Collar Crime Workshop recently at the University of Houston Law Center. The event was presented by the Law Center's Criminal Justice Institute.

"The U.S. has led the world in the development of capital markets and governance, and the white collar workshop was a tremendous opportunity to work with distinguished scholars in helping our legal system protect our faith in our economic and corporate institutions," said Law Center Assistant Professor David Kwok.

Opening remarks were delivered by Associate Dean Greg Vetter. The workshop held in the Hendricks Heritage Room included three lively panel discussions, with commentators providing analysis on each other's articles.

The opening panel began with Mississippi College of Law Professor John P. Anderson's article, "Regulatory Ritualism and Other Lessons from the Global Experience of Insider Trading Law," with Mihalis Diamantis of the University of Iowa College of Law serving as the lead commentator. Diamantis' piece, "Unsticking Corporate Identity," was then discussed by Georgetown University Law Center Professor Julie Rose O'Sullivan. Her work, "The Extraterritorial Application of Federal Criminal Statutes: Analytical Roadmap, Normative Conclusions, and a plea to Congress for Direction," was commentated on by Anderson.

The following panel focused on Brooklyn Law School Professor Miriam Baer's article titled, "White Collar Misdemeanors." Thomas Joo of the University of California, Davis School of Law was the lead commentator. Kwok served as the leading commentator for Joo's article, "What is Fraud...and Why? Comparing Rule 10b-5 and Mail Fraud." Baer critiqued Kwok's article, "Regulating the Marginal Lair."

The final panel started with "Regulation by Prosecutor," an article by University of Toledo College of Law Professor Gregory Gilchrist. The lead commentator was Veronica Root, an Associate Professor at Notre Dame Law School. Todd Haugh is an assistant professor of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. His article, "Caremark's Behavioral Legacy" was in turn explored by Gilchrist. The final article for discussion was Root's "A Functional Compliance," which was examined by Haugh.

Click here for links to all the articles featured from the 2017 White Collar Crime Workshop.

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