UVA Law Symposium to Assess 'Game-Changing' Nature of JOBS Act on Businesses, Law

March 29, 2013

Virginia Law & Business Review SymposiumAn upcoming symposium at the University of Virginia School of Law will bring together experts in corporate law, academia, venture capital, angel investing and crowd funding to discuss the potential business and legal ramifications of the Jumpstart Our Business Start-Ups Act. (Full schedule)

"Game Changer: The Impact of the JOBS Act," presented by the Virginia Law & Business Review, will be held Friday, April 5, in Caplin Pavilion on the first anniversary of the signing of the JOBS Act.

The JOBS Act, which passed Congress with bipartisan support, encourages the funding of small businesses by easing various securities regulations.

"The JOBS Act has to the potential to drastically alter the landscape of capital formation. It enables crowd funding, eases the ability of a small company to go public and allows entrepreneurs to advertise to the general public to gain investors," said second-year law student and conference organizer Victoria P. Morphy, editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law & Business Review. "Understanding the JOBS Act will be crucial for lawyers, investors, regulators and entrepreneurs, which makes this topic timely and broadly relevant."

The conference, sponsored with the Law School's John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program and the Initiative for Business in Society ("IBiS") at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, will feature keynote speaker Roel Campos. Campos, a former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is currently a partner at Locke Lord, where he serves as the firm's national chair of securities regulation and enforcement.

Panels at the event will discuss investor perspectives on the act, the law's impact on entrepreneurs and business owners, and the most important components of the legislation.

Schedule - Friday, April 5

8-8:45 a.m.
Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:45-9 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Victoria Morphy, editor-in-chief, Virginia Law & Business Review
9-9:45 a.m.
Keynote Address
Roel Campos, partner and national chair of Securities Regulation and Enforcement, Locke Lord
9:45-10 a.m.
Video: Impact of the JOBS Act on Investors
John W. Glynn, Jr. (LAW '65), founder and managing director, Glynn Capital

10:05-11 a.m.
The Investor Perspective

  • Richard Crawford (LAW/DARDEN '74), chairman of the board, Crawford Group; CEO, Dabney Financial; lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law; visiting executive lecturer, Darden School of Business
  • Gene Lockhart, chairman of financial services investments, Diamond Castle
  • John May, managing partner, New Vantage Group
  • Jean Peters, managing director, Golden Seeds
  • Moderator: Susan Chaplinsky, Tipton R. Snavely Professor of Business Administration; associate dean for faculty scholarship, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
11:05 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Entrepreneurial Impact
  • Brian Knight (LAW '06), co-founder and director of platform services, CrowdCheck
  • Victor MacLaughlin, chief operating officer, FundRoom.com
  • Jeff Palumbo, co-founder, OfferAll
  • Freeman White, CEO and co-founder, Launcht
  • Moderator: Sean Carr (DARDEN '03), director of intellectual capital, Batten Institute, University of Virginia Darden School of Business
12-12:45 p.m.
Lunch for Panelists and Attendees
12:55.2 p.m.
Details of the Legislation
    • Elizabeth Goldman, clinical associate professor; director, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    • Andrew Schwartz, associate professor of law, University of Colorado Law School
    • Andrew Verstein, associate research scholar in law; executive director, Center for the Study of Corporate Law, Yale Law School
    • Robert G. Zack (LAW '75), counsel, Dechert
    • Moderator: John Morley , associate professor of law; director, John W. Glynn, Jr. Law & Business Program, University of Virginia School of Law
2:05-3 p.m.
Round-Table Discussion
  • Roel Campos, partner and national chair of securities regulation and enforcement, Locke Lord
  • Stephen M. Kotran (LAW '90), partner, Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Gene Lockhart (DARDEN '74), chairman of financial institutions, Diamond Castle Holdings
  • Paul G. Mahoney , dean, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law and Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Moderator: Quinn Curtis , associate professor of law, University of Virginia School of Law


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