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Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law

Becker Ross, LLP (formerly known as Becker, Ross, Stone, DeStefano & Klein) established the Albert A. DeStefano Lecture Series in 2001 to honor the distinguished law career of one of the firm’s principal partners. Mr. DeStefano, a 1947 cum laude graduate of Fordham Law School, specialized in corporate matters, especially mergers and acquisitions. From 1973 – 1983, he shared his expertise with Fordham Law students as an Adjunct Professor, teaching corporate acquisitions. Mr. DeStefano dedicated his life to the service of others and was a devoted trustee to numerous charitable organizations including Helen Keller Services for the Blind and Cleary School for the Deaf. A role model for all who knew him, Albert A. DeStefano passed away in November 2012 at the age of 93.

The annual DeStefano Lecture brings policymakers, members of the judiciary and distinguished attorneys to Fordham Law to share their insights of important developments in business and business law in a wide range of timely and diverse topics.

Recent Speakers

Justice Barry Ostrager, New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division. The 19th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law. "Life in the Commercial Division and Related Trial Advocacy."

2019-03-07 DeStefano Lecture from Fordham Law School on Vimeo.

The Honorable Joseph R. Slights III, Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, The 18th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law, Corwin v. KKR Fin. Holdings LLC – An “After-Action” Report (04/09/2018)

The Honorable Karen L. Valihura, Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, The 17th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law, "The Role of Appellate Decision-Making in the Development of Delaware Corporate Law - A View from Both Sides of the Bench" (04/03/2017)

The Honorable Andre G. Bouchard, Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, The 16th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law, "Disclosure Settlements--Before and After Trulia" (04/11/2016)  Video

Expert panel discussion: Sean J. Griffith, T.J. Maloney Chair and Professor of Law, and Director, Corporate Law Center, Fordham Law School (moderator); Frederick H. Alexander, Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP and Advisor for Legal Policy, B Lab; Chris Cernich, Managing Director, M&A and Contested Elections, ISS; Kurt M. Heyman, Founding Partner, Proctor Heyman LLP; Mark Lebovitch, Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP; Norman M. Monhait, Director, Rosenthal, Monhait & Goddess, P.A.; Andrew J. Pincus, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP, The 15th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law, "Fee Shifting in Shareholder Litigation" (03/26/2015)

Former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Myron T. Steele, The 14th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law, "Continuity and Change in Delaware Corporate Law Jurisprudence" (03/06/2014)

The Honorable J. Travis Laster, Vice Chancellor, Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, The 13th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law, "Revlon Is a Standard of Review: Why It's True and What It Means" (03/06/2013)

James B. Stewart, Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism, Columbia Journalism School, The 12th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law, "Hiding Behind the Corporate Veil" (03/21/2012) Video

The Honorable Jed Rakoff, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York, The 11th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law, "Are Federal Judges Competent? Dilettantes In An Age Of Economic Expertise" (04/11/2011)

Expert panel discussion: The Honorable Stanley Sporkin (moderator); Todd Lang, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Gary P. Naftalis, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Yale School of Management; Louise Story, The New York Times, The 10th Annual Albert A. DeStefano Lecture on Corporate, Securities and Financial Law, "Corporate Accountability: Governance and Compensation Issues" (03/08/2010)  Video