Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Penn State Law Minority Business Development: Special Open Session (November 30, 2021, 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM EST)
This just in from friend-of-the-BLPB Sam Thompson at Penn State Law. Sam hopes we will bring this program to the attention of those "who might be interested in learning more about this very important topic," including law school administrators, faculty, and students. I know I plan to make others aware.
Dear Colleagues: This semester I am teaching a course dealing with issues in Minority Business Development, a subject I took as a student literally 50 years ago in my third year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Because of the importance of this topic, Penn State Law has permitted me to make the course open to anyone who is interested in this very important topic, and recordings of all of the sessions of the course are available on the Penn State Law website here.
The course is divided into the following three segments:
Part I, Introduction and in-Depth Analysis of the Minority-White Gap in Business Ownership,
Part II, The Lawyer’s Essential Tools in Representing a Minority-Owned Small Business, and
Part III, The Big Ideas for Addressing the Minority-White Gap in Business Ownership
Part I was covered over five sessions and ended with a discussion with Professor Berdejo of the Loyola Law School in LA about his recently published article in the University of Wisconsin Law Review entitled: Financing Minority Entrepreneurship. Part II of the course focused on the Essential Tools that any lawyer needs in advising owners of a business. Each of these sessions was led by an outstanding practitioner, including a lawyer from the following firms: McGuire Woods; Richards, Layton & Finger; Nelson Mullins; Schiff Hardin; Wachtell Lipton; and Starfield & Smith. For this part, we principally used the Maynard et. al. Business Planning casebook.
This brings me to Part III, The Big Ideas for Addressing the Gap, which will be held in one session on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. This special session will be live over the Internet from 4 PM to 6:45 PM Eastern Time. A recording of this session will also be available on the website for the course. This Special Session is entitled Perspectives on Minority Business Development, and in this session, experts from across the country will engage in a live discussion of Minority Business Development issues. The event, which is divided into three sessions, includes perspectives of lawyers, an economist, a business school dean, tax policy experts, entrepreneurs, and Penn State Law students who are enrolled in the course. Reactions to the presentations in the three sessions will be provided by Dana Peterson, Chief Economist at The Conference Board. While Ms. Peterson was a banker at Citigroup, she was the co-author of a 2020 report by Citigroup entitled: Closing the Racial Inequality Gaps. A flyer for the program is attached, and the event page for the program can be reached here.
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