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Panel Discussion: Civil Rights and Social Activism: History and Context
Washington and Lee Law Review Events
  • Colin Reid, Washington and Lee University
  • Sarah C. Haan, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Harvey L. Pitt, Kalorama Partners
  • Omari Scott Simmons, Wake Forest University
Millhiser Moot Court Room
Start Date
15-2-2019 9:15 AM
End Date
15-2-2019 10:00 AM

Colin Reid, moderator for this panel, is an Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Williams School at Washington and Lee University. He earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee and was previously an assistant professor at Northeastern University. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Professor Reid worked for PwC in Dallas, Texas and is a licensed CPA. He received B.B.A. and M.Acc. degrees from Baylor University. Professor Reid has experience teaching financial accounting, both introductory and intermediate, at the undergraduate level as well as corporate governance at the graduate level. His research interests include various aspects of auditing, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance. His research on audit team turnover won the American Accounting Association award “Best Paper for a New Faculty Member” for the Northeast Region.

Sarah C. Haan is an Associate Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she teaches business law subjects. Professor Haan’s scholarship focuses on corporate governance, shareholder activism, private ordering, and the First Amendment. Her work has been published by leading law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, and the Washington and Lee Law Review, and is forthcoming in the Indiana Law Journal and the Business Lawyer, among others. Professor Haan is a recipient of the 2018 Lewis Prize for excellence in scholarship at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Professor Haan earned her B.A. in history at Yale College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to joining academia, she worked as a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she worked on corporate internal investigations, shareholder lawsuits, criminal cases in state and federal court, and matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Harvey L. Pitt is the CEO of global business consulting firm Kalorama Partners, and its law firm affiliate, Kalorama Legal Services. From 2001-2003, Mr. Pitt was 26th Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Pitt served previously at the SEC (1968-1978), including three years as General Counsel. Mr. Pitt was a senior corporate partner at Fried, Frank LLP (1978-2001). He received his J.D. from St. John’s University Law School (1968), and his B.A. from Brooklyn College (1965). He received an honorary St. John’s L.L.D. (2002). Mr. Pitt serves on the PCAOB Advisory Council, is an independent director of Paulson & Co.’s international hedge funds and a member of their audit committees, and is a member of both Millennium Capital’s and Balyasny Asset Management’s advisory councils. In 2017 he was appointed to the advisory board of JBS USA Holdings, Inc.

Omari Scott Simmons is the Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law and Director of the Business Law Program at Wake Forest University School of Law. Professor Simmons’ research interests include corporate governance and higher education policy. His articles have appeared in top journals and law reviews. He is the author of the new book “Potential on the Periphery: College Access from the Ground Up” (Rutgers Univ. Press). Prior to joining the Wake Forest Law School faculty, Professor Simmons worked as corporate counsel for two multinational corporations and as an associate at the law firm of Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. Immediately after law school, he clerked for the Honorable E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Professor Simmons is a member of the American Law Institute. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), a nonprofit organization that provides college consulting services and mentoring to vulnerable students. Professor Simmons received his undergraduate education at Wake Forest University; his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge. At the University of Pennsylvania, he received the Thouron Award and the Fontaine Fellowship.

Citation Information
Colin Reid, Sarah C. Haan, Harvey L. Pitt and Omari Scott Simmons. "Panel Discussion: Civil Rights and Social Activism: History and Context" (2019)
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