American Bar Association
Corporate Governance Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Corporate Governance Committee

Who We Are

The mission of the Corporate Governance Committee is to be a highly regarded forum and thought leader, domestically and internationally, on important governance issues and topics. Through its leaders and members, the Committee and its Subcommittees and Task Forces presents CLE programs and hosts information sessions at the ABA Spring, Annual and Fall Meetings, organizes and participates in webinars, publishes papers and articles, and teaches in law and business schools, on the subject of corporate governance. The Committee also serves as a resource for information and commentary on governance matters.

Committee Facts

  • Approximately 2,500 members
  • Committee structure comprises: 16 subcommittees and four task forces covering major corporate governance topics
  • We participate in all three in-person Business Law Section meetings: Spring Meeting, Fall Meeting and Annual Meeting
  • Significant opportunities exist for members to participate or contribute: leadership, research, content, presentations, resources, organizational support
  • We continue to be interested in innovative partnerships with respected organizations and thought leaders, as well as co-sponsored initiatives with other Business Law Section committees
  • We seek to inform through making available: speakers to interested groups, preparing and presenting papers, organizing educational webinars and panels

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Counsel Perspectives Subcommittee
  • Current Events and Emerging Issues Subcommittee
  • Ethics and Investigations Subcommittee
  • Expert Witness Practice Subcommittee
  • Governance Litigation and Resolution Subcommittee
  • Governance of Non-Corporate Entities Subcommittee
  • Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Governance of Private and Family-Controlled Companies Subcommittee
  • Governance of Social Benefit Entities Subcommittee
  • Governance Research and Education Subcommittee
  • Inside the Boardroom Subcommittee
  • International Developments Subcommittee
  • Private Sector/Public Sector Governance Subcommittee
  • Publications Subcommittee
  • Shareholder and Investor Relations Subcommittee
  • Sustainability Initiatives and Related Governance Matters Subcommittee
  • Task Force: Board and Director Utilization of Social Media
  • Task Force: Dealing with Director Misconduct
  • Task Force: Governance Issues in Business Combinations
  • Joint Task Force: Governance Issues of Distressed Companies

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Corporate Governance Update: Developments Regarding Gender Diversity on Public Boards (October 2013)
While the number of women directors on U.S. public company boards has not risen dramatically since 2012, the issue of gender diversity on boards continued to gain momentum and global prominence over the last 12 months. Since we last discussed this issue, new legislative and non-governmental initiatives around the world have resulted in growing numbers of women directors and greater shareholder focus on board diversity and related disclosures. This issue is likely to become increasingly significant in 2014 and beyond, both in the United States and abroad.

Philip S. Khinda, Chair, Ethics and Investigations

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Chair:  John H Stout

Vice-Chairs:  Charles M Elson, Holly J Gregory, Frank M Placenti, Alfredo Lauro Rovira

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Corporate Governance Committee Calendar

Committee Events
ICGN Tokyo Conference
March 3, 2014 - March 4, 2014
Weinberg Center's 2014 Corporate Governance Symposium
March 19, 2014
2013 Business Law Section Spring Meeting
April 10, 2014 - April 12, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live and the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles
Enhancing the Audit Committee Report – A Call to Action
April 22, 2014
University of Delaware
ICGN Academic Meeting
June 15, 2014
ICGN Annual Conference
June 16, 2014 - June 18, 2014
Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals 2014 National Conference
June 25, 2014 - June 28, 2014
Boston, MA
September 17, 2014 - September 18, 2014
Minneapolis, MN

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Progressive Shareholder Engagement Materials

Progressive Shareholder Engagement Annual Meeting 2011 - Scroll down for access to the recording
Progressive Shareholder Engagement Bios

Committee Webinars

  • Progressive Shareholder Engagement
    Click here to listen and use password: 6bG8@$78 (recorded November 16, 2011)
  • Say-on-Pay Votes: Was it a Big Deal, and What's Next for Executive Compensation? (recorded September 15, 2011)
  • Say-on-Pay Votes for 2011 Annual Shareholder Meetings: Will it Be a Big Deal? (recorded January 12, 2011)
  • Corporate Governance Issues on the Transition to IFRS: A Canadian Perspective(recorded November 10, 2010)
  • Trends in Shareholder Voting - The Impact of Proxy Advisory Firms(recorded October 12, 2010)
  • A Dialogue with Michele J. Hooper, founder and President/CEO of The Directors' Council (recorded June 21, 2010)
    For more information on Ms. Hooper, please visit the website for The Directors' Council:


Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities

Final Task Force Report
ABA Business Law Section Letter to Congress Regarding Report of the Task Force on Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities dated August 18, 2009
ABA Business Law Section Letter to SEC Regarding Report of the Task Force on Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities dated August 18, 2009

ABA Meeting Materials

2013 Annual Meeting
2013 Spring Meeting
2012 Annual Meeting
2012 Spring Meeting
CGC Annual Meeting Schedule
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Modified by John H Stout on March 25, 2014

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