University of Pittsburgh

School of Law | Issue 2 | April 2010

Res Gestae

SEC Commissioner Troy Paredes

On October 16, 2009, Pitt Law hosted The Past, Present, and Future of the SEC, a day-long symposium planned and hosted by Professors Douglas Branson and Peter Oh. Cosponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society, the symposium attracted not only a full house of guests, but also many high-profile participants—including keynote speaker and current SEC Commissioner Troy Paredes, as well as three former chief economists of the SEC, the general counsel for NASDAQ, and a former secretary of the SEC. In addition to these distinguished guests, participating scholars came from Boston College, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Indiana, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Minnesota, among others. More.

On the Merits

Pitt Law Professor Ronald Brand

Pitt Law Professor Ronald Brand and students Marc Coda, Rick Grubb, and Kerry Ann Stare roll into Al Ain around 1 a.m. on October 2. It’s been a long journey from the green hills of Pittsburgh to this ancient Middle Eastern city, surrounded by rocky mountains and desert. Known as the “Garden City” because of its greenery, oases, and underground irrigation system (despite the arid surroundings), this city of 374,000 hugs the edge of the United Arab Emirates, near the border of Oman. It’s home to United Arab Emirates University, which is what brings Brand and his Pitt Law students here. After catching up on sleep, they have a full five days of work ahead. More.

Hearsay

Judge Gary L. Lancaster

Judge Gary L. Lancaster steps into a courtroom in downtown Pittsburgh in September 2009. He has a busy day ahead. He’s started a new job in the midst of the biggest international summit ever held in his city—the 2009 G-20 Summit. Visitors from around the world include the likes of U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Saudia Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Adbul Aziz Al Saud, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, among many others. More.

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