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A Discussion with Professor Adam Pritchard and Professor Robert B. Thompson
The Society is delighted to welcome Professor Adam Pritchard and Professor Robert B. Thompson to discuss their new book, The History of Securities Law in the Supreme Court.
A History of Securities Law and the Supreme Court explores how the Supreme Court has made (and remade) securities law. It covers the history of the federal securities laws from their inception during the Great Depression, relying on the justices’ conference notes, internal memoranda, and correspondence to shed light on how they came to their decisions and drafted their opinions. That history can be divided into five periods that parallel and illustrate key trends of the Court’s jurisprudence more generally.
Adam C. Pritchard is the Frances and George Skestos Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, and teaches corporate and securities law. His research focuses on securities class actions, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement, and the history of securities law in the U.S. Supreme Court.
After graduation, he served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. After working in private practice, Professor Pritchard served as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the SEC, where he wrote appellate briefs and studied the effect of recent reforms in the areas of securities fraud litigation. He received the SEC’s Law and Policy Award for his work in United States v. O’Hagan, in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the misappropriation theory of insider trading.
Professor Robert Thompson is the Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches courses in the corporate and securities area, including mergers and limited liability.
He has authored or co-authored casebooks on corporations and on mergers, treatises on Close Corporations and Oppression of Minority Shareholders and LLC Members, and more than 50 articles. Professor Thompson has testified before committees of Congress, a state legislature, and the New York Stock Exchange. He has served since 1991 as editor of the Corporate Practice Commentator, served as an adviser for the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of Agency and chaired two sections of the Association of American Law Schools.