Friday, September 28, 2012
Regent University Law Review is hosting a symposium on Emerging Issues in Social Enterprise on Saturday, October 6th, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Panelists include Dana Brakman Reiser (Brooklyn), Cassady V. Brewer (Georgia State), Lyman P.Q. Johnson (Washington & Lee/University of St. Thomas), and Marcia Narine (Missouri-Kansas). Here is the full description of the event:
For private profit and for the public good. Social enterprise attempts to harness the power of the for-profit market to achieve social and environmental ends. In the wake of the recent financial crisis, interest in social enterprise has increased exponentially. Over the last four years, 18 states (including Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia) have passed statutes allowing the formation of benefit corporations, benefit limited liability companies, low-profit limited liability companies (L3Cs), social purpose corporations, and flexible purpose corporations. While the population of these entities is growing, the mere existence of these business formations is hotly-debated within the corporate law community
Practitioners, professors, students, and business owners are encouraged to attend this exciting event that promises to be an informative and helpful exploration of the developing issues related to social enterprise entities.
Our Symposium will include two morning panels featuring four distinguished academics who will present papers on the benefits, disadvantages, and implications of social enterprise entities. After their presentations, these panelists will engage in a moderated discussion, followed by a question and answer time with the audience.
In the afternoon workshop, several legal practitioners and business owners will share their experience working in the field of social enterprise and will offer practical advice on working with these new corporate entities. Additionally, this workshop will provide an overview of the various forms of social enterprise entities, and will address the Virginia-specific start-up procedures and liability implications.