Death, Taxes and Systemic Risk: Dealing with the Inevitable

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Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law's 107th Sibley Lecture explores the aftermath of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 as well as the current vulnerability of the U.S. financial system. Featuring Columbia University's John C. Coffee Jr., the lecture took place March 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the law school's Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom.

Coffee, who presented "Death, Taxes and Systemic Risk: Dealing with the Inevitable," is considered a legal authority on numerous financial subjects and is the Adolf A. Berle Professor at Columbia Law School as well as the director of the school's Center on Corporate Governance. He has been a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers' Legal Advisory Board and its Market Regulation Committee, and he has served on the New York Stock Exchange's Legal Advisory Board and on NASDAQ's Economic Advisory Board.

Coffee has testified on numerous occasions before U.S. Senate and House committees during the drafting of important regulatory legislation, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. He also has authored and edited several books and casebooks on corporations, securities regulation, takeovers, and business organization and finance. Additionally, he was recently named the most-cited law professor in law reviews in the combined corporate, commercial and business law fields, and he has been repeatedly listed by The National Law Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America."

Before entering academe, Coffee practiced corporate law as an associate with the firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. He earned his B.A. from Amherst College, his LL.B. from Yale University and his LL.M., with an emphasis in taxation, from New York University.

The Sibley Lecture Series, established in 1964 by the Charles Loridans Foundation of Atlanta in tribute to the late John A. Sibley, is designed to attract outstanding legal scholars of national prominence to Georgia Law. Sibley was a 1911 graduate of the law school.

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