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Sept. 15, 2009–Economists, business analysts, and financial experts all have their own thoughts about what happened to cause the current economic crisis facing the country. Now, the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law will bring some of the brightest economic experts together to discuss and debate the cause and effect of the financial meltdown.

The College of Law will host a financial crisis symposium on Friday, Sept. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Sutherland Moot Courtroom. The symposium is free and open to the public. U of U students are encouraged to attend. No pre-registration is required.

“Financial Crisis: Regulatory and Corporate Governance Critiques and Reforms” will feature College of Law faculty and guest speakers. They will assess the need to combine regulatory reform of the country’s financial system, and review the role that corporate governance played in the continuing financial crisis, according to Christian Johnson, professor and organizer of the event.

“We will bring together scholars from across the country who are uniquely combining research on reforms to the nation’s financial regulatory structure with studies of corporate governance failure that contributed to the financial crisis,” says Johnson.

Participants will address topics including corporate governance failure, protecting against recurrence and precursors to a crisis, and regulatory failures. There will also be morning and afternoon roundtable discussions.

Speakers will include College of Law faculty members Johnson and andre douglas pond cummings (lower case is correct) and guests Todd Clark, North Carolina Central University; Stephen Ramirez, Loyola University Chicago; Regina Burch and Joseph Grant, Capital University; Cheryl Wade, St. John’s University; Jena Martin-Amerson, West Virginia University and Timothy Canova, Chapman University.

“We intend to debate and explore the recent actions, efforts and reforms undertaken by the current administration to evaluate whether these will protect the investing public and our capital markets from recurrence,” said cummings. “Our event slate represents an incredibly diverse group of intellectuals that will engage in spirited discussion and propose forward-thinking solutions.”

For more information about the “Financial Crisis: Regulatory and Corporate Governance Critiques and Reforms” symposium, please call 801-581-7356.