Leo Strine

Toward fair and sustainable capitalism

Leo Strine advises on how legal professionals can give good counsel to businesses and help them make money the right way.

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Leo Strine

Toward fair and sustainable capitalism

Leo Strine advises on how legal professionals can give good counsel to businesses and help them make money the right way.

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13 lessons

52 minutes

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13 lessons · 52 minutes

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For many years, law was not usually a word associated with ESG - or not in the corporate sphere. Ever since the economist Milton Friedman decreed that the purpose of a corporation is to serve shareholders alone - and Washington agencies defined fiduciary duty in finance as the search for returns - the legal framework has tended to give priority to financial metrics, not social and environmental ones. However, this is now changing - rapidly. Companies are facing a raft of ESG-linked legal risks; and they are increasingly using legal tools to advance ESG issues too. But does this mean that lawyers need to reimagine corporate law? Is ESG even "legal"? How should laws be rewritten - or legal codes used to advance ESG norms? Is this just code for lawyers learning to get a conscience? What are the top five things that lawyers need to do and know today about ESG?

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Profile of Leo Strine

Leo Strine

Leo E. Strine, Jr. is a former judge in the state of Delaware. He served as the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court from 2014 to 2019. He is Of Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and the Michael L. Wachter Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. In his judicial positions, Leo Strine wrote hundreds of opinions in the areas of corporate law, contract law, trusts and estates, criminal law, administrative law, and constitutional law. Notably, he authored the lead decision in the Delaware Supreme Court case holding that Delaware's death penalty statute was unconstitutional because it did not require the key findings necessary to impose a death sentence to be made by a unanimous jury. Throughout his judicial career and continuing to the present, Strine has taught various corporate law courses at top law schools, written prolifically in leading journals on how corporations affect society, and is one of most cited corporate law scholars.

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Profile of Leo Strine

Leo Strine

Leo E. Strine, Jr. is a former judge in the state of Delaware. He served as the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court from 2014 to 2019. He is Of Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and the Michael L. Wachter Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. In his judicial positions, Leo Strine wrote hundreds of opinions in the areas of corporate law, contract law, trusts and estates, criminal law, administrative law, and constitutional law. Notably, he authored the lead decision in the Delaware Supreme Court case holding that Delaware's death penalty statute was unconstitutional because it did not require the key findings necessary to impose a death sentence to be made by a unanimous jury. Throughout his judicial career and continuing to the present, Strine has taught various corporate law courses at top law schools, written prolifically in leading journals on how corporations affect society, and is one of most cited corporate law scholars.

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