Who We Are

Columbia Law School’s Center on Corporate Governance was inaugurated on June 17, 2003 with a conference called “Roundtable on Access to the Proxy Statement.” The event brought together leading institutional investors and academics to discuss the prospects for direct shareholder nomination, through a corporation’s own proxy statement, of a limited number of “watchdog” directors.

The Columbia Blue Sky Blog

The Center on Corporate Governance oversees and manages the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, an affiliate of the center. You can access the Blue Sky Blog here.


The Center accomplishes three things:

(1) it organizes and sponsors conferences, generally funded by law firms and bar associations (and, to a degree, by Columbia Law School); these conferences debate current issues and can lead to law review articles or other secondary literature expanding on the conference debate;

(2) it oversees and manages the CLS Blue Sky Blog, which describes itself as an affiliate of the center; and

(3) it employs students in editing and selecting articles, generally giving them credit hours for this work.

Picture of Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. The Director of the Center on Corporate Governance and the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law.

John C. Coffee Jr.

Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law

A prolific scholar, sought-after speaker, and frequent news commentator, John C. Coffee Jr. is active in several fields, and is a recognized leading authority on securities law, corporate governance, white collar crime, complex litigation and class actions.

Professor Coffee has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is also a Life Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute and the American Bar Foundation. He has also been repeatedly listed by the National Law Journal on its annual list of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.”

John Coffee and others speaking at the inaugural M&A conference

Roundtable on Access to the Proxy Statement

(the inaugural conference)

The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a variety of proposals to authorize some percentage of the shareholders to nominate one or more directors by means of a corporation’s own proxy statement. A rule-making petition was filed in May 2003 by the AFL-CIO requesting that the SEC amend its rules to authorize such shareholder nominations.

Panelists at the event included Prof. Coffee, Sarah Teslik, executive director of the Council of Institutional Investors, and Peter Clapman, chief investment counsel of TIAA-CREF.

Hot Topics in Securities Law and Regulation - postponed due to lockdown

There are no upcoming events.

Hot Topics in Securities Law and Regulation [postponed]

April 17, 2020 - Columbia University Law School

Co-sponsored by the CLS Center on Corporate Governance and the Federal Bar Association.

Hosted by John C. Coffee and Meyer Eisenberg

M & A Conference 2020 - postponed due to lockdown

There are no upcoming events.

2020 M&A and Corporate Governance Conference [postponed]

May 8, 2020 at Convene

Hosted by Eduardo Gallardo, William Savitt, John C. Coffee, Jr. and Jack B. Jacobs