Professor of Law (Widener)
Lawrence A. Hamermesh is the Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Widener University School of Law, in Wilmington, Delaware. Hamermesh received a B.A. from Haverford College in 1973, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1976. Hamermesh practiced law with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, Wilmington, Delaware, as an associate from 1976-84, and as a partner from 1985-94. Hamermesh joined the faculty at Widener in 1994, and teaches and writes in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, business organizations, and professional responsibility.
Since 1995, Hamermesh has been a member of the Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, which is responsible for the annual review and modernization of the Delaware General Corporation Law, and served as Chair of the Council from 2002 to 2004. In 2002 and 2003 he also served as the Reporter for the American Bar Association's Task Force on Corporate Responsibility. He was elected in 2001 as a member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law, which supervises the drafting of the Model Business Corporation Act. In 1999 Hamermesh was elected as a member of the American Law Institute. Hamermesh is also a member of the Board of Directors of ACLU Delaware, Inc., and represents that organization on the National Board of the ACLU.
Articles and Book Chapters
Why I Do Not Teach Van Gorkom, 34 GA. L. REV. 477 (2000).
Corporate Responsibility in Real Time: The Work (So Far) of the ABA Task Force on Corporate Responsibility, DEL. LAW.18 (2003).
Corporate Democracy and Stockholder-Adopted By-Laws: Taking Back the Street? 73 TUL. L. REV. 409 (1998).
Calling Off the Lynch Mob: The Corporate Director's Fiduciary Disclosure Duty, 49 VAND. L. REV. 1087 (1996).
The ABA Task Force on Corporate Responsibility and the 2003 Changes to the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility, 17 GEO. J. LEGAL ETHICS 35 (2003).
A Kinder, Gentler Critique of Van Gorkom and Its Less Celebrated Legacies, 96 NW. U. L. REV. 595 (2002).
Premiums in Stock-for-Stock Mergers and Some Consequences in the Law of Director Fiduciary Duties, 152 U. PA. L. REV. 881 (2003).
Zelman v. Simmons-Harris and the Politicization of Religion, DEL. LAW. 6 (2002).
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