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Spring 2012 Seminar
The Crisis and Its Aftermath

Mondays, 3:35 – 5:30 p.m.
Professor Claire Hill

Sponsored by the Institute for Law & Economics and the Institute for Law & Rationality 


[Student Syllabus]

Monday, January 23 - Introduction

Monday, January 30David Skeel, S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
"States of Bankruptcy"

Monday, February 6Anna Gelpern, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
"Banks, Governments and Debt Crises"
"Banks and Governments, Happily Ever After"

Monday, February 13Brett McDonnell, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
"Dampening Financial Regulatory Cycles"

Monday, February 20 – Winter Break: No class

Monday, February 27Charles Whitehead, Professor of Law, Cornell University School of Law
"The Goldilocks Paradigm: Financial Risk and Staged Regulation"

Monday, March 5Bruce Carruthers, Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University
"The Economy of Promises: On the Origins and Spread of Credit-Rating in 19th c. America"

Monday, March 12 - Spring Break: No Class

Monday, March 19
Richard Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School
"The Personal and Professional Responsibility of Investment Bankers"

Monday, March 26Steven Davidoff, Associate Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
"Broken Promises: Private Equity Bidding Behavior and the Value of Reputation"

Monday, April 2 - Paul Vaaler, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management
"Opportunistic Politicians, Disciplinary Credit Rating Agencies, and the Political Budget Cycle in Developing Democracies" (Paper: "How Do International Bankers Vote in Developing Country Elections?")

Monday, April 9Reinier Kraakman, Ezra Ripley Thayer Professor of Law, Harvard Law School,
"Market Efficiency and the Financial Crisis: It's Still a Matter of Information Costs"

Monday, April 16Mary Eaton, Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
(shortened class, 3:35-4:30 p.m.)

Thursday, April 19Ross Levine, James and Merryl Tisch Professor of Economics and Director, William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance, Brown University
"The Guardians of Finance: Making Regulators Work for Us"
(special date and time, 12:15-1:15 p.m.)

Monday, April 23Adam Levitin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
"Off Balance: A Transactional Genealogy of Scandal"

Wednesday, April 25Geoffrey Miller, Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law, Director, Center for Financial Institutions, New York University School of Law
"Intellectual Hazard: How Conceptual Biases Contributed to the Financial Meltdown of 2008"

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