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 promote and support effective corporate governance, domestically and internationally, by providing resources, creating networking opportunities and facilitating a forum for the exchange of legal and practical information and insights on emerging governance issues for the benefit of attorneys and governance professionals.

Committee Facts :

  • Approximately 2,800 members
  • Committee structure comprising 11 subcommittees and five task forces covering major corporate governance topics
  • Scheduled sessions at all three in-person Business Law Section meetings: Spring Meeting (April), Annual Meeting (September) Fall DC Meeting (November)

Our Committee offers significant opportunities 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.


  • Corporate Counsel Perspectives
  • Current Events & Emerging Issues
  • Governance of Nonprofit Organizations (Joint subcommittee with Nonprofit Organizations)
  • Governance of Private & Family-Controlled Entities
  • Governance Research & Education
  • Governance & Sustainability (Joint subcommittee with Federal Regulation of Securities)
  • Inside the Boardroom
  • International Developments
  • Publications
  • Shareholder & Investor Engagement
  • Special Committees & Investigations


  • Dealing with Director Misconduct
  • Governance Issues in Business Combinations (joint task force with Mergers and Acquisitions)
  • Governance Issues of Distressed Companies (joint task force with Business Bankruptcy)
  • Governance of Social Benefit Entities
  • Private Sector/Public Sector Governance

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"Corporate governance and directors' duties in the UK", by DAC Beachcroft LLP (January, 2015)

"SEC Backs Off Proxy Access Proposal Exclusion; Will Review Application of Rule 14a-8(i)(9)", by Brock Romanek, Editor, (January 19, 2015)

"Insider Trading: United States vs. Newman and Chiasson", by Debevoise & Plimpton (January, 2015)

"Refreshing the Board of Directors", by John H. Stout & Elizabeth M. Dunshee, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., 2014

Sideley Austin article, "No-Action Relief Regarding Conflicting Proposals to Be Unavailable During 2015 Proxy Season", January 21, 2015

Sidley Austin article, "The State of Corporate Governance for 2015", January 13, 2015

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Memo, "Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2015," December 1, 2014

Standard & Poor’s Special Report, “Climate Change: Preparing For The Long Term,” May 28, 2014 issue of CreditWeek.®

Corporate Governance Update: Developments Regarding Gender Diversity on Public Boards (October 2013)
Philip S. Khinda, Chair, Ethics and Investigations
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.

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Subcommittees and Task Forces  (click [+] for listing)

 Sub Committees

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Corporate Governance Committee Calendar

Committee Events

ABA/Business Law Section Spring Meeting

April 16, 2015 - April 18, 2015
San Francisco, CA

ICGN (International Corporate Governance Network) Annual Conference

June 3, 2015 - June 5, 2015
London, England

Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals Society 2015 National Conference

June 24, 2015 - June 25, 2015
Chicago, IL

ABA/Business Law Section Annual Meeting

September 17, 2015 - September 19, 2015
Chicago, IL

Delaware Law Issues Update

November 18, 2015 - November 19, 2015
Wilmington, DE

ABA/Business Law Section Fall Meeting

November 20, 2015 - November 21, 2015
Washington, DC

Business Law Section Spring Meeting

April 7, 2016 - April 9, 2016
Montreal, QC, Canada

Society 2016 National Conference

June 22, 2016 - June 25, 2016
Colorado Springs, CO

Business Law Section Spring Meeting

April 6, 2017 - April 8, 2017
New Orleans, LA
Section Events

Committee Webinars


Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities

ABA Meeting Materials



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