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Business Law Journal Symposium "Challenges in Achieving Corporate Social Responsibility"

Thursday, November 21

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, King Hall room 1001
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Business Law Journal is proud to present:

Challenges in Achieving Corporate Social Responsibility Goals.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

King Hall, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

The symposium this year will focus on addressing the hurdles companies face when attempting to embrace Corporate Social Responsibility.  Topics to be addressed will include:

Alternative Corporate Structures

In the past decade numerous states have implemented alternative corporate structures, such as Benefits Corporations or Flexible Purpose Corporations, to address conflicts between traditional fiduciary duties and promoting social goals. 


Sometimes the line between engaging in socially responsible behavior and merely appearing to do so becomes blurry.  This panel aims to explore the motivations behind this behavior, and explore examples in energy and intellectual property law.

Corporate Philanthropy

Corporate philanthropy programs should generally be fair and transparent, but without clear guidance or controls, the process can devolve into favoritism, nepotism, or even a potential avenue for white collar crime.


12:00PM: Symposium registration & Lunch, King Hall

12:15-12:45PM: Welcome remarks & Keynote Speaker, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Kevin R. Johnson, Dean, UC Davis School of Law
Joe "Chip" Pitts III, Stanford

1:00-2:00PM: Alternative Corporate Structures: Flexible Purpose and Benefits Corporations

Alicia Plerhoples, Georgetown
Susan Mac Cormac, Morrison Foerster
Eric Talley, UC Berkeley

2:15-3:35PM: Greenwashing

Nicole Biggart, UC Davis, Graduate School of Management
Miriam Cherry, St. Louis University
Eric Lane, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
John McKinsey, Locke Lord

3:50-4:50PM: Corporate Philanthropy

Shruti Rana, University of Maryland
Don Palmer, UC Davis, Graduate School of Management
Afra Afsharipour, UC Davis School of Law

4:50PM: Closing Remarks

MCLE Information
This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour, which applies to the elimination of bias credit. The University of California, Davis, School of Law (MCLE Provider #1347) certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. Registration for MCLE credit will begin 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Please visit for directions to King Hall.

Parking Information
Visitor Permits may be purchased from permit machines located at the entrances to campus parking lots.


If you have any questions about our 2013 Spring Symposium, please contact Ben Lewis