Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Gaston de los Reyes (LAW '03): Of Pinto Fires and HIV Cures: Do You Think Corporate Counsel Can Do Better for the Public?

  • Starts: 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2012
  • Ends: 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2012
Brown Bag Lunch Discussion with Gaston de los Reyes (BU Law '03), Discussant: Professor Kevin Outterson Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs. Refreshments served! What is the role of corporate managers in providing goods for the public? One school of thought says that a manager's role is to maximize shareholders' wealth; thus, while providing goods to the public may be the fruit of the "invisible hand" of the market and corporate compliance with law, it is not what managers are hired to accomplish. Another school of thought says that managers are states-persons with a civic responsibility to deliberate with governmental and non-governmental organizations to articulate standards that go beyond the law, making the provision of goods to the public a central part of their job description. In this presentation, you will learn about the implications of these differing conceptions through a discussion of two classic business ethics cases: one involving faulty design of the Ford Pinto automobile; the second involving antiretroviral drugs for HIV. These cases, which highlight the demands of working in complex organizations as managers and as attorneys, illustrate how counsel can play a constructive role influencing their corporate clients’ strategies and priorities. After a clerkship in Puerto Rico and five years of practice--half as a litigator in Springfield, MA and half as a transactional attorney in New York City--Gaston de los Reyes returned to school in 2009 for a Ph.D. in Ethics and Legal Studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
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