Follow the Leader

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From his Times Square office overlooking Manhattan, Michael Hess ’65 surveyed his 38-year career from public to private law–and back again. A native New Yorker, he is now blending his experience in both areas as senior managing director at Giuliani Partners, a crisis management firm hatched in 2002 after former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s eight-year tenure.

Prof. Bebchuk on Shareholders’ Power

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In the Financial Times, Professor Lucian Bebchuk writes: The Securities and Exchange Commission formally proposed a rule this month that would provide shareholders with some access to the corporate ballot – the proxy card distributed to all voting shareholders. The rule would require some companies in certain circumstances to include the names of candidates nominated by shareholders who satisfy some minimum ownership requirements on the corporate ballot.

Corporate Prophet

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For the past 30 years, Robert A.G. Monks ’58 has worked to change corporate governance and increase management accountability. Now, in the era of Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom and other wayward companies, more people than ever are paying attention.

Some Old Familiar Places

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They are companies known throughout the world. We grew up with their corporate incarnations–from Big Bird and G.I. Joe to the Avon Lady and Hershey’s Kisses–and they still are entrenched in our culture. What’s it like to be a lawyer for these icons of Americana? We visited some alumni at work to find out.

Risky Business

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Not many people have to specify that they don’t think it’s a good thing that cigarettes kill people. But W. Kip Viscusi mentions it nonetheless because his work–and its subject matter–can be oversimplified, he says. Not to mention vilified.

Man of Steel

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When Robert “Steve” Miller Jr. ’66 got a call from Bethlehem Steel’s board last year asking him to assume the flagging company’s reins as chairman and CEO, he accepted in a matter of hours.