Students Attend National Gathering of Business Attorneys
November 21, 2008 — Twenty-one Earle Mack School of Law students attended the Fall Meeting of the American Bar Association Business Law Section in Washington, D.C. Nov. 21 and 22.
Representing the largest delegation of students at the event, Earle Mack School of Law 2Ls and 3Ls participated in discussions of the regulatory implications of Wall Street’s recent collapse and the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008.
“It’s an ideal opportunity for our students to become involved and acquainted with all facets of business law,” said Trustee Professor Amy Boss, a past chair of the ABA Business Law Section who led the trip with Professor Karl Okamoto, director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Law Program at Earle Mack School of Law.
The trip also allowed students to meet and network with scores of judges, legal scholars and practicing attorneys, including
a lengthy private meeting with Linda Chatman Thomsen, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s
Thomsen, who oversees one of the federal government’s largest teams of lawyers, spent 30 minutes talking with the students about her job, the SEC and her career, Okamoto said.
“The opportunity to meet Linda Thomsen and hear about the different cases that come before the SEC, especially in light of the current economic crisis, was incredible,” 2L Emily Foote said. “Professor Boss also set up individuals to serve as senior counsel for each of the students attending. I was set up with Mitchell Bach from Eckert Seamans. Mitch was kind enough to call me before the meeting and sit with me for close to an hour during the meeting to talk about his career, business law and how he can help me as I chart my career.”
The trip was successful in many ways, 2L Whitney Kummerow said.
“ABA Business Law section members I spoke to were very impressed with the number of Drexel students in attendance – a few even requested our presence. The conference discussion topics were sophisticated, but Professor Okamoto's Business Organizations class helped me feel prepared for the advanced subject matter. I hope to attend the next meeting.”
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