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Posted Feb. 17, 2011

Leading Law and Business Experts to Discuss Corporate Responsibility at Symposium

Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Experts from across the country will gather to discuss business ethics and corporate social responsibility at the Fifth Annual Virginia Law & Business Review Symposium on Feb. 25 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

“The business crises of the last decade — from Enron to the current recession — have also been crises of ethics,” said symposium director Sarah Chase-Levenson, a second-year law student. “Corporations have responded by attempting to create a more substantive definition of what business ethics really means, and this symposium explores the different factors influencing this discussion.”

Ted Mathas, chairman, president and CEO of New York Life Insurance Company, will deliver the keynote address at 9 a.m. in Caplin Pavilion, where the day’s events will be held.

Mathas, a 1992 graduate of the Law School, will also moderate a panel of law and business experts at 1 p.m. Experts and scholars in law and business, including several UVA alumni, will serve on panels covering topics on business structure and social values, the impact of salary and bonus formulas, and the intersection between corporate, social and personal ethics. Speakers include:

The conference, “Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility,” is open to the public, and parking is available in Law School lots. Guests may register online. Registration is required to receive lunch.

Schedule

Full Program with Speaker Bios

9 a.m.                   
Opening Remarks
Sarah Chase-Levenson

9:05 a.m.
Introduction
George Geis, John V. Ray Professor of Law; director, Program in Law & Business, University of Virginia

9:10 a.m.
Keynote              
Ted Mathas ’92, chairman, president and CEO, New York Life Insurance Company

10 a.m.
Panel | Aligning the Structure of Business Institutions with the Values of Society
Moderator:  Professor R. Edward Freeman, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Panelists:

11 a.m.                
Panel | The Compensation Factor: How Salary and Bonus Formulas Impact How You Do Business
Moderator: George Rutherglen, John Barbee Minor Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia

Panelists:

12 p.m.
Lunch (box lunches provided)

1 p.m.  
Panel | Creating Alignment: Corporate Ethics, Personal Ethics and Social Responsibility
Moderator: Ted Mathas ’92, chairman, president and CEO, New York Life Insurance Company

Panelists:

2 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Sarah Chase-Levenson