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. Committee Facts

  • Approximately 2,800 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
  • Current Events & Emerging Issues
  • Governance of Private & Family-Controlled Entities
  • Governance of Nonprofit Organizations (Joint subcommittee with Nonprofit Organizations)
  • 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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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

CGC In Sight

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

ABA/Business Law Section Fall Meeting

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

Progressive Shareholder Engagement Materials

Committee Webinars

  • 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

ABA Meeting Materials


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