The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance is the focal point at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law for the study of corporate and securities law.
Jillian Gautier serves as the Executive Director of the Heyman Center.
Cardozo is the ideal place to study corporate, securities, and commercial law, offering a comprehensive curriculum taught by professors who are recognized experts in their fields. Core courses familiarize students with the fundamental concepts and theories of corporate law, and upper-level courses focus on advanced topics and specific practice areas. In addition, special courses equip students with the skills and tools they will need in corporate practice, whether as transactional lawyers or litigators.
Opportunities for professional development and training outside the classroom abound. Cardozo’s location in New York City, the world’s leading financial and commercial center, means that students have plentiful internship and externship opportunities, including a program that places them in the legal offices of leading corporations. Cardozo also offers multiple clinics exposing students to live clients, including the Securities Arbitration Clinic, the Tech Startup Clinic and the Indie Film Clinic, each of which provides hands-on experience with real clients. In addition, a steady stream of outside speakers, special guests and panels—many under the auspices of The Heyman Center— provides information and insight about the day’s current legal issues and corporate practice. The Heyman Center focuses attention on pressing corporate, compliance, and securities law issues and on a broad range of other corporate law related topics by frequently sponsoring and organizing public events and lectures by prominent law and business figures and leading legal scholars.
Cardozo faculty and research affiliates of The Heyman Center write on a wide range of topics including cross-border securities offerings, derivatives regulation, corporate taxation, executive compensation, clearance and settlement regulation, corporate social responsibility, and the interests of nonstockholder constituencies. In addition, The Heyman Center supports research in environmental law, financial institutions, antitrust, mass tort litigation, alternative dispute resolution (including business and securities arbitration), employment law, international and comparative business, investment, and trade, and commercial law.
Students become involved in The Heyman Center by participating in the various programs organized by the Center, and working with faculty members on various student and faculty research projects. Through The Heyman Center, Cardozo students learn not only about corporate and securities law but also the financial, business, and regulatory contexts in which the law plays a part.
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