Events


Event: Professor Frankel to receive Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Law Schools (AALS)Section on Women in Legal Education.

Link: http://www.bu.edu/law/2017/09/25/tamar-frankel-to-receive-ruth-bader-ginsburg-lifetime-achievement-award/

Date: January 5, 2018

Topic: The award, first presented in 2013 to US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was created to honor a lawyer “who has impacted women, the legal community, the academy, and the issues that affect women through mentoring, writing, speaking, activism, and by providing opportunities to others,” according to the AALS.


Event: Notice from SSRN (Social Science Research Network)

Date: July 25, 2017

Topic: Professor Frankel is in the top 10% of Authors on SSRN by total new downloads within the past 12 months.

SSRN is a world-wide collaborative of over 241,000 authors and more than 1.7 million users that is devoted to the rapid world-wide dissemination of social science research


Event: DOL Fiduciary Rule Training- sponsored by Securities Division-Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth

Date: March 7, 2017

Place: One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA

Topic: Professor Frankel will give a presentation on "Fiduciary Overview."


Event: Fund Forum Conference-NextGen Distribution

Date: October 25-27, 2016

Place: Mandarin Oriental, Boston, MA

Topic: Professor Frankel is on the panel discussing The New Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule: Adjusting Operations and Procedures to Comply


Event: The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard is honoring the 2016 Frankel Fiduciary Prize recipient Phyllis C. Borzi-Assistant Secretary of Labor-Employee Benefits Security Administration

Date: September 23, 2016

Place: University of Maryland Robert H Smith School of Business- 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC

Time: 11:45 - 1:30 PM

Professor Frankel will be a member of a panel of distinguished speakers discussing the significance of the DOL Conflict of Interest Rule in an historical perspective


Event: 2016 Fiduciary Law Workshop

Date: June 17-18, 2016

Place: Duke University Law School 210 Science Dr. Durham, N.C.

Topic: Professor Frankel will present a paper entitled "A Story of Three Bank-Regulatory Legal Systems: Contract, Financial Management and Fiduciary Law


Event: Symposium: "Fiduciary in the Twenty-First Century." and visit to Museum of Trust, Tokyo Japan-established by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation.

Date: October 27, 2015

Place: Royal Park Hotel- Tokyo, Japan

Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Opening Remarks: Mr. Tatsuo Wakabayashi, President and CEO, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Keynote Speech: Professor Frankel "The Role of Fiduciary in the 21st Century"

Discussion: Moderator: Professor Yoshihisa Nomi of Gakushuin University

Panelist: Professor Tamar Frankel- Boston University

Professor Norio Higuchi- University of Tokyo

Professor Hideki Kanda - University of Tokyo

Professor Masami Okino - University of Tokyo


Event: The Securities Exchange Commission - Celebrating 75 years- The Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act

Date: September 29, 2015

Place: SEC Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Time: 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

Professor Frankel will be a member of a panel speaking on " Diverse Perspectives on the Asset Management Industry"

Opening Remarks: SEC Chair- Mary Jo White


Event: Boston University School of Law and the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard join to present the

Frankel Fiduciary Prize - Honoring David Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University

Date: September 18, 2015

Place: 765 Commonwealth Ave. Barristers Hall

Time: 11:45 - 1:30 PM

Introduction: Maureen A.O'Rourke, Dean, Boston University School of Law

Discussion: Seth Klarman- President the Baupost Group and Andrew Golden, President-Princeton University Investment Company


Event: Professor Frankel inducted into the LawDragon Hall of Fame.

Subject: The LawDragon 500 magazine publishes an annual list of the leading lawyers in America. In celebration of their 10th anniversary they are recognizing 100 “Hall of Fame” inductees.

The Hall of Fame includes 10 lawyers for every year. These are outstanding lawyers who have made remarkable contributions as leaders, litigators, dealmakers, power brokers, judges and innovators. Professor Frankel is one of the 100 chosen, given her contributions as an innovator in the legal profession.

See http://www.lawdragon.com/the-lawdragon-hall-of-fame/ for the full list.

The magazine will be distributed to 25,000 weekly readers online and to 10,000 of the leading legal professionals, including top corporate counsel, private practitioners, academics and other leaders.

Date: August 19, 2015


Event: New York State Bar Association Business Law Section-Securities Regulation Committee

Subject: Fiduciary Standards for Brokers, including the recent DOL proposal and statements from the Chairman of the SEC supporting these standards.

Date: Thursday May 20, 2015

Place: Goodwin Procter LLP- New York Times Bldg.- 620 Eighth Ave. New York, New York

Topic: Professor Frankel will give a presentation entitled: The Regulation of Broker-Dealers, and Advisors


Event: Film Screening of "Above and Beyond"- followed by Q&A with Professor Frankel

Subject: Film showing the beginning of the Israeli Air Force

Date: Monday April 20, 2015

Place: Schwartz Hall, Brandeis University

Topic: In 1948 a group of Jewish American pilots smuggled planes out of the U.S. to Israel to help in it's war for independence. The film features a few of these pilots alive today.

Professor Frankel is a former member of the Hagannah and an early member of the Israeli Air Force.


Past Events

Event: ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting April 16-18, 2015

Subject: American Bar Association-CLE Programs

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015

Place: Marriott Marquis Hotel-55 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA

Topic: Professor Frankel will speak on "Reflections of the '40 Acts on their 75th anniversary".


Event: Seventh Annual Roundtable Discussion

Subject: INVESTMENT FUNDS

Date: Monday, December 8, 2014

Place: Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Organized by: Professor John C. Coates, IV, Harvard Law School and Professor William Birdthistle of Chicago/Kent Law School


Event: The 2014 Frankel Fiduciary Prize Honors Gary Gensler

Subject: The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard announced the Frankel Fiduciary Prize and Symposium will honor Gary Gensler, (Former Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission)

Speakers: Arthur Levitt, Tamar Frankel, John C. Coffee, Jr. Gary Gensler

Topic: "The Gensler Era at the CFTC, and Financial Regulatory Reform and Fiduciary Duties in 2014"

Date: September 19, 2014

Time: 10:30AM - 1:30PM

Place: Columbia University Law School Draper Lounge, 3rd Floor 435 West 116th Street, New York, NY


Event: OP Ed- American Banker On-Line

Subject:Why we need to restructure the big bank holding companies.

Date: July 10, 2014

Link: http://www.americanbanker.com/bankthink/why-we-need-to-restructure-the-big-bank-holding-companies-1068573-1.html


Event: Law and Finance Round Table

Subject:Professor Frankel will be a panel member discussing "Duties of Investment Intermediaries."

Date: May 16,2014

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Place: Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, Oxford UK


Event: Frankel Fiduciary Prize honors Robert A.G. Monks

Date: December 10, 2013

Subject:The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard today announced the Frankel Fiduciary Prize and Symposium will honor Robert A. G. Monks, the first Frankel honoree, at a Symposium in Washington on December 10.

John C. Coffee, who Chaired the Committee that selected Monks, noted: “"Bob Monks is the perfect choice to inaugurate what we hope will be a long tradition of recognizing those persons who over a career have worked to protect and safeguard the position of the investor. While also a prolific writer and theorist of corporate governance, he has lived a life in the arena, fighting battle after battle to make the market a fairer and safer place for the American shareholder. Whether or not it realizes it, the proactive hedge fund of today is following in his pioneering footsteps.”

The symposium host committee of leaders in finance, law and public service is co-chaired by Sir Adrian Cadbury, formerly Chief Executive of Cadbury Schweppes and principal author of the Cadbury Code, the globally recognized “bible” of corporate governance, and Nell Minow, co-founder and board member of GMI Ratings, a firm specializing in evaluating governance risk.

Jack Bogle, Sir Adrian Cadbury, Ralph Nader, Tamar Frankel will Lead the December 10 Symposium.

“From the chairman’s boardroom to the adviser or broker’s office, fiduciary duties are at a crossroads, in great demand and under enormous pressures. The Frankel Fiduciary Symposium will be a vivid reminder why this centuries-old legal doctrine may be more relevant today than at any time in history,” said Knut A. Rostad, president, the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard.

Robert A. G. Monks was appointed a founding trustee of the Federal Employee Retirement System by President Reagan, and also served in the Department of Labor, as Administrator of the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit programs. He also was a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services, and co-founded The Corporate Library (now Governance Metrics International.) Monks found the Hermes Lens Fund, and has served as a director of twelve publicly traded companies.

Monks has authored or co-authored eight books, published more than a hundred papers, and, with Nell Minow, published five editions of CORPORATE GOVERNANCE. He was the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Financial Executive from the Financial Management Association in 2007. The New York Times profiled Monks earlier in July. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/07/business/mutfund/robert-ag-monks-crusading-against-corporate-excess.html


Event: Institute for the Fiduciary Standard Establishes Frankel Fiduciary Prize

Date: April 23, 2013

Subject:The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard today announced the establishment of the annual Frankel Fiduciary Prize to honor individuals who advance fiduciary principles.

The Frankel Fiduciary Prize will be awarded annually to a person who has made significant contributions to the preservation and advancement of fiduciary principles in public life. The prize is named after Professor Tamar Frankel, the Michaels Faculty Research Scholar, at the Boston University School of Law.

The Frankel Fiduciary Prize Selection Committee is composed of: • Brooksley E. Born, Retired Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP • John C. Coffee Jr., Committee Chairman, Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia Law School (Prize Selection Committee Chair) • Deborah A. DeMott, David F. Cavers Professor of Law, Duke Law • Andrew K. Golden, President, Princeton University Investment Company • Knut A. Rostad, President, Institute for the Fiduciary Standard

John C. Coffee, Committee Chairman, noted: “Professor Frankel has dedicated her life to researching and teaching fiduciary law. The Committee is very pleased to honor her contributions through the establishment of the Frankel Fiduciary Prize.”

Nominations for the prize must be received by May 23, 2013. They should be emailed to Knut A. Rostad, info@thefiduciaryinstitute.org, and to John C. Coffee, jcoffee@law.columbia.edu.


Event: Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA)

Subject:Professor Frankel will be a speaker at the RITA conference.

Date: March 20-22, 2013

Time: 8:30 am-4:15 pm Wednesday & Thursday

Place: Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington,DC

RITA is a national trade association comprised of trust companies, banks and third party administrators that administer self-directed retirement plans holding alternative assets.


Event: Association of American Law Schools- Annual Meeting

Subject:Professor Frankel will be a panelist on the “Regulating Financial Intermediaries” program. Her talk is entitled “Bank Holding Companies as Financial Malls.”

Date: January 4, 2013

Time: 2-5 pm Friday

Place: New Orleans, LA

AALS is the principal representative of legal education to the federal government, other national higher education organizations, learned societies and international law schools.


Event: Boston University 2012 University Lecture

Subject:The Ponzi Scheme Puzzle: A History and Analysis of Con Artists and Victims: The lecture will be given by Professor Tamar Frankel.

Date: October 10, 2012

Time: 7:00 PM EST

Place: Boston University, Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue- Boston, MA

Admission is free. The public is cordially invited.

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Event: Osler Distinguished Lectures in Business Law-Queens University, Queens Law

Subject: Professor Frankel will give the Osler Lecture "Towards Universal Fiduciary Principles"

Date: September 28, 2012

Place: Queens University- Queens Law, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The Osler lectures are the intellectual focal point of the business law curriculum at Queen's, and are well attended by students, faculty and alumni from law and cognate disciplines.


Event: SASE 24th Annual Meeting "Accounting, Economics and Law"

Subject: Professor Frankel will present a paper on "Corporate Governance and Control"

Date: June 28-30, 2012

Place: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Cambridge, MA


Event: Live Webcast: Content Partners: WestLegalEdCenter and Westlaw GC

Speakers: Professor Tamar Frankel and Peter Rosenblum, Partner-Foley Hoag LLP

Subject: Initial Public Offerings (IPO’s) and the JOBS ACT 2012: A new Approach

This presentation will take an in-depth look at the effect of the JOBS Act on IPOs (Initial Public Offerings)and share a new approach to initial public offerings of emerging growth companies. How will the JOBS Act affect investors, underwriters and brokers, corporations and managers?

Date: July 9, 2012 1:00 pm EDT

Duration:1 hour

Place: For additional information and access to the Live webcast website use the following URL: http://westlegaledcenter.com/program_guide/course_detail.jsf?courseId=48845129


Event: Fourth Annual Roundtable Discussion

Subject: INVESTMENT FUNDS

Date: Friday, May 11, 2012

Place: Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA

Organized by: Professor Frankel and Professor William Birdthistle of Chicago/Kent Law School


Event: University Of Cincinnati 2012 Corporate Law Symposium-"Implementing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act"

Subject: Professor Frankel will be a Speaker at this Symposium

Date: March 30, 2012

Place: UC College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio


Event: Harvard Law School SJD 100 year Anniversary

Subject: Professor Frankel received her SJD from Harvard Law School in 1972. She will give a presentation at this event.

Date: March 23, 2012

Place: Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA


Event: University of Bergamo (Italy). Invitation from Professor Enrico Ginerva, Director-Conference on Principles of Fiduciary Law

Subject: Professor Frankel will give her presentation "Fiduciary Principles in Common Law" via video conference

Date: March 22, 2012

Place: University of Bergamo; Bergamo,Italy


Event: A Symposium presented by The Review of Banking and Financial Law- "Shadow Banking: Past, Present and Future"

Subject: Professor Frankel will give a presentation at this symposium.

Date: February 24, 2012

Place: Boston University, School of Law; Boston, MA


Event: Observatory of Finance- 10th international conference on Ethics, Finance and Responsibility

Subject: Professor Frankel will give the 'Emilo Fontela Lecture"

Date: November 10-11, 2011

Place: Observatory of Finance; Geneva, Switzerland


Event: Center for Religion, Economics and Politics (ZRWP). (ZRWP) is a joint facility of the University of Basel, Lausanne, Lucerne and Zurich and the Collegium Helveticum.

Subject: Professor Frankel will present a paper on "Fiduciary v. Contractual Duties"

Date: November 3-6, 2011

Place: ZRWP, Basel University; Basel, Switzerland


Event: The Role of Fiduciary Law and Trust in the 21st Century

Subject: A Conference Inspired by the Work of Tamar Frankel

Date: Friday, October 29, 2010

Place: Barristers Hall Boston University-765 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA

"BU is proud to honor Professor Tamar Frankel with a conference featuring outstanding scholars and legal practitioners giving papers and commentaries on the role of fiduciary law and trust in the 21st century. Boston University Law Review will publish the papers and proceedings."

About the Conference:

Fiduciary law is designed to encourage people to rely on experts and other fiduciaries, to facilitate fair and efficient terms of those relationships, and to prevent (and provide remedies for) abuse of power entrusted to the fiduciary. This Conference highlights the nature and scope of fiduciary law, and its relationship to other legal doctrines and categories; considers how fiduciary law can be illuminated by viewing it through the lens of such disciplines as economics, psychology, history, political science and philosophy; investigates current debates about recognizing fiduciary duties in the determination of executive compensation, in the prohibition of insider trading under the federal securities laws, in the largely unregulated world of securities and mortgage broker-dealers and in modern capital structure and governance; and explores whether addressing and redressing abuse of power by public officials raises similar issues

Conference Schedule:

9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Dean Maureen O’Rourke, BU School of Law

9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. I. The nature of fiduciary law and its relationship to other legal doctrines and categories

Rafael Chodos, Author and attorney

Deborah DeMott, Duke University School of Law

Alan Feld, BU School of Law

Kevin Outterson, BU School of Law

Larry Ribstein, University of Illinois College of Law

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. II. An interdisciplinary view of fiduciary law

Joshua Getzler, University of Oxford Faculty of Law

Richard Holton, MIT Department of Philosophy

Donald Langevoort, Georgetown University Law Center

David Seipp, BU School of Law

Robert Sitkoff, Harvard Law School

12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Lunch

Remarks by Tamar Frankel, BU School of Law

2:00 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. III. Current issues in fiduciary law

Arthur Laby, Rutgers School of Law, Camden

Donna Nagy, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University

Frederick Tung, BU School of Law

Cheryl Wade, St. John’s University School of Law

David Walker, BU School of Law

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. IV. Public servants and private fiduciaries

Margaret Brinig, Notre Dame Law School

Gary Lawson, BU School of Law

Ethan Leib, UC Hastings College of the Law, and David Ponet, UNICEF

Charles Whitehead, Cornell Law School

4:45 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. V. Roundtable

Wendy Gordon, BU School of Law

Laurence Kotlikoff, BU Department of Economics

Andrew Pitts, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Peter Rosenblum, Foley, Hoag

James Post, BU School of Management

Kenneth W. Simons, BU School of Law

Erik Sirri, Babson College Finance Division

All — including professors, attorneys, law students, graduate students, undergraduates, and members of the public — are welcome to attend. There is no registration fee, but if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Andrea Larsen Rice, alarsen@bu.edu. If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Professor Kenneth W. Simons, ksimons@bu.edu.


Event: The Fiduciary Forum 2010

Subject: Exploring the Fiduciary Standard in a Brokerage Setting

Speaker: Professor Tamar Frankel

Date: Friday, September 24, 2010

Time: 8:30am-5:00pm EST

Place: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capital Hill 400 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington DC 20001

The Forum is designed to provide various points of view in the fiduciary standard discussion and provide input into the SEC study, called for in the Dodd-Frank reform legislation.The study aims to evaluate "The effectiveness of the existing...standards of care" of brokers and advisors.


Event: Boston University Summer Legal Institute 2010

Subject: U.S. Corporate Law (B.U. International Program)

Instructor: Professor Tamar Frankel

Date: July 26-August 13, 2010

Place: London, UK

Boston University’s Summer Legal Institute in London provides lawyers and advance law students trained outside the U.S. with intensive preparation in legal English and writing, and exposure to substantive American law topics in key areas of international business practice.


Event: Emory University School of Law -Center for Transactional Law and Practice

Subject: Transactional Education: What's next?

Discussant: Professor Tamar Frankel

Date: June 4-5, 2010

Time: 8:00am 4:00pm EST

Place: Emory University School of Law, Gambrell Hall 1301 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA


Event: U.S. Congress- Testimony before the Committee on Financial Services

Subject: Alleged Madoff Investment Scam

Date: January 5, 2009

Time: 2:00pm- EST

Place: Washington D.C. Room 2188 Rayburn Bldg.

Subcommittee Chairman Paul Kanjorski chaired a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the $50 billion investment scam allegedly engineered by Bernard L. Madoff that is the subject of multiple investigations. The hearing titled” Assessing the Madoff Ponzi Scheme and the Need for Regulatory Reform” focused on the need to rewrite the laws governing the U.S. financial markets.

Members testifying before the Committee:

Tamar Frankel - Professor, Boston University Law School

Goldstein, Allan - Investor

Harbeck, Stephen P. - Pres. and CEO, SIPC

Kotz, David H. - Inspector General, SEC

Metzger, Leon M. - Lecturer, Yale Univ.

The hearings were televised over C-SPAN. Here's the link to watch the hearings.

Congressional Hearings

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