Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law
Institute for Investor Protection

October 25, 2019

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor

Recently, unprecedented challenges to the rule of law within the United States and across the world compromised individual rights and constraints on political power. Investors depend upon a robust rule of law to secure the safety of their investment funds and the basis for investment decisions. This conference will explore the current threat to the rule of law as it relates to public investors. Topics discussed will include the misconduct of megabanks, the fairness of securities markets, and the availability of investor remedies. Our distinguished line up of speakers will address whether any breakdown in the rule of law heralds an inherent threat to investor protection.

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8:00—8:45 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. Welcome

Steven Ramirez
Director, Business Law Center, Loyola University Chicago School of Law 

9:00 a.m. The State of the Rule of Law in the US Today: Why Investors Care

Introduction and Moderator: Arthur Acevedo, University of Illinois-Chicago John Marshall School of Law
Paul Gowder, University of Iowa School of Law
André Cummings, University of Arkansas-Little Rock School of Law
Deborah Ramirez, Northeastern University School of Law
Cheryl L. Wade, St. John’s University School of Law 

10:30 a.m. In Search of a Level Playing Field: Insider Trading

Introduction and Moderator: Steven Ramirez, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Marc Steinberg, Southern Methodist University School of Law
Charles “Bud” Murdock, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Joan MacLeod Heminway, University of Tennessee School of Law 

12:00 p.m. Luncheon Address       

William "Bill" Neukom, CEO and founder of World Justice Project, lecturer at Stanford Law School, and retired partner at K&L Gates

1:00 p.m. Continental Illinois 35 Years On: Lawless Finance?

Introduction and Moderator: Patricia Lee, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Jeff Cohodes, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Christian Johnson, Widener University School of Law
Anat Admati, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Seth Green, Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business 

2:30 p.m. Class Actions and Accountability in Finance

Introduction and Moderator: Michael Kaufman, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Marc Gross, Pomerantz LLP
Carol Gilden, Cohen Milstein
Brian Fitzpatrick, Vanderbilt University Law School
Howard Suskin, Jenner & Block

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Michael Kaufman

A reception will follow the program.