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John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Fellow Lectures

The John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Fellowship brings to the Law School a leading expert in securities law or the accounting for business enterprises, who delivers a public lecture at the School.

John R. Raben ‘39, was a partner of the Sullivan & Cromwell firm. He was counsel to investment banking and accounting firms and associations, including the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and counsel to the industry task force that helped draft the Securities Investor Protection Corporation Legislation. Upon his death in 1975, the fellowship was established in his honor at the Law School by Sullivan & Cromwell, and augmented by his friends.

In remarks for a firm history by John F. Cannon, then a younger partner, the following impression of John Raben was provided:

“No chronicle of any length could capture how potent a figure John’s character, intellect and spirit made him with his clients and those with whom he dealt on behalf of his clients, and with his partners, associates and other co-workers at Sullivan & Cromwell... For all of John’s intensity and rigor as a lawyer, he never confused anyone for very long about what the man was like; warm and thoughtful, generous and forgiving. And in spite of the strength and confidence he projected, there was a boyish element, a shyness in him, a paradox with roots, one judges, in his awareness that his great gifts were, after all, gifts.”
Niall Ferguson, Harvard University, February 29, 2016
Sendhil Mullainathan, Harvard University, February 23, 2015
Andrew W. Lo, MIT Sloan Management School, April 7, 2014
Antoinette Schoar, MIT Sloan Management School, October 15, 2012
H. Rodgin Cohen, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, March 26, 2012
Richard H. Thaler, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, October 4, 2010
Luigi Zingales, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, February 16, 2009
Raghuram G. Rajan, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, April 29, 2008
Bengt Holmstrom, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, February 19, 2007
Oliver Hart , Harvard University, April 24, 2006
Lucian Bebchuk, Harvard Law School, November 15, 2005
J. Mark Ramseyer, Harvard Law School, March 30, 2004
Paul G. Mahoney, University of Virginia Law School, May 7, 2003
Ronald J. Gilson, Stanford Law School, February 28, 2002
John C. Coffee, Jr., Columbia University Law School, November 27, 2000
February 29, 2016

Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University.

February 23, 2015

Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, "Against Against Prediction: How Machine Learning Can Improve the Legal System."


April 7, 2014

Andrew W. Lo, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor, Professor of Finance, and Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering, MIT Sloan School of Management, "Big Data, Big Brother, and Financial Regulation."  

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October 15, 2012

Antoinette Schoar, Michael M. Koerner (1949) Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Finance, MIT Sloan Management School, "Shaped by Booms and Busts: The Impact of Economic Conditions on Managerial Outcomes."  

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March 26, 2012

H. Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman and Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, "The Financial Crisis and Regulatory Response."

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October 4, 2010

Richard H. Thaler, Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, "The Behavioral Economics of Swindling and Selling: A Lecture in Honor of Arthur Leff."

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February 16, 2009
Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and the David G. Booth Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, "The Future of Securities Regulation."

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April 29, 2008
Raghuram G. Rajan, Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, "Landed Interests and Financial Underdevelopment in the United States."

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February 19, 2007
Bengt Holmstrom, Paul A. Samuelson Professor, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Corporate Governance in Context."

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April 24, 2006
Oliver Hart, Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics, Harvard University, "Partial Contracts."

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November 15, 2005
Lucian Bebchuk, William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law, Economics, and Finance at Harvard Law School, "The Myth of the Shareholder Franchise."

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March 30, 2004
J. Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, "Who Appoints Them, What Do they Do? Evidence on Outside Directors from Japan." |

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May 7, 2003
Paul G. Mahoney '84, Brokaw Professor of Corporate Law and Albert C. BeVier Research Professor, University of Virginia School of Law, "Searching for Market Manipulation in the Pre-SEC Era."

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February 28, 2002
Ronald J. Gilson '71, Charles J. Meyers Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School and Marc and Eva Stern Professor of Law and Business, Columbia University School of Law, "Venture Capital Markets."

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November 27, 2000
John C. Coffee, Jr. '69, Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, "The Rise of Dispersed Ownership: The Role of Law in The Separation of Ownership and Control."