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Book Talk Events

Authors of recently published books speak with students, faculty, alumni, and the general public about their work.  Opportunities to purchase the book and for the author to personally sign a copy have been available at past events.  Previous Book Talk Events are listed below.

February 4, 2014
Michael Dorff
, Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, will discuss his new book,
"Indispensable and Other Myths: The True Story of CEO Pay"

Has performance pay for CEO’s, e.g., stock options and bonuses, improved corporate performance?  Michael Dorff refutes this concept with studies showing that most CEO’s of large established companies “do not typically have much impact on their companies’ results.”  Professor Dorff instead advises a return to guaranteed salaries or what he feels motivates CEO’s, that is, ego, reputation and social effort norms.

October 9, 2013

“The AIG Story”

Lawrence A. Cunningham
Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, George Washington University and Director of GW's Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) in New York.
Maurice R. Greenberg
Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. and Starr Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Greenberg is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American International Group, Inc. (AIG). Under his leadership, AIG became the largest insurance company in the world and generated unprecedented value for AIG shareholders. During the nearly 40 years of his leadership, AIG's market value grew from $300 million to $l80 billion.

The authors discussed the inside story of the rise and near-destruction of AIG and how Maurice Greenberg transformed a scattered collection of insurance businesses into American International Group, a global financial colossus with nearly $1 trillion in assets on its balance sheets—and revolutionized the insurance industry.

September 13, 2012
Lesley Rosenthal
, Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Legal Context of Nonprofit Organizations "Good Counsel: Meeting the Legal Needs of Nonprofits" (2012)

This book is the first-of-its-kind overview by a sitting General Counsel that distills the legal needs of a million charitable tax-exempt organizations in the United States.

Ms. Rosenthal discussed what "makes a nonprofit a nonprofit", the laws that apply to tax-exempt organizations because of their special status, and the wide range of business laws that apply to nonprofits as well. Special attention was given to how good governance ties to mission and fundraising, how to protect the organization's name and monetize its original works, and more.

March 30, 2011

Panel Discussion with Co-authors

“Ensuring Corporate Misconduct: How Liability Insurance Undermines Shareholder Litigation”


Sean J. Griffith, T.J. Maloney Chair in Business Law and Director, Corporate Law Center, Fordham Law School

Tom Baker, Deputy Dean and William Maul Measey Professor of Law and Health Sciences, University of Pennsylvania Law School


Mark Geistfield, Sheila Lubetsky Birnbaum Professor of Civil Litigation, NYU Law School

Steve Thel, I. Maurice Wormser Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

April 20, 2009
"High Performance with High Integrity"

Ben W. Heineman, Jr. 
"Responding to the Crisis in Capitalism: High Performance with High Integrity."

Mr. Heineman writes that although CEO’s may be tempted to “cut corners, fudge accounts or worse” in the quest to make the numbers, it is most important that CEO’s “create a culture of integrity through exemplary leadership, transparency, incentives (the concept of “doing well while doing good”) and processes.  This book shows how everyone can “drive performance by integrating integrity systems and processes into a company’s operations.”

The first sixty people to arrive received a free copy of Mr. Heineman's book, "High Performance with High Integrity" (2008).


Mr. Heineman was GE's Senior Vice President-General Counsel from 1987-2003, and then Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs from 2004 until his retirement at the end of 2005. He writes and lectures frequently on business, law and international affairs.