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Corporate Governance: Sarbanes/Oxley Act


President Bush signed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act into law on July 30, 2002. The Act imposes wide-ranging corporate governance and accounting reform. The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market have similarly adopted significant reforms applicable to listed companies. These developments have broad implications for lawyers and their clients, including the standards of professional conduct for lawyers. Below you will find relevant links and documents.

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Law Firm Links
Source Documents

Law Firm Links
Presidential Task Force on Corporate Responsibility
Foley & Lardner  - Study on the Increased Financial and Non-Financial Cost of Staying Public.

Securities and Exchange Commission
Fortune 500 Review
SEC Press Releases
The SEC releases final Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys
Security & Exchange Commission (SEC) homepage
SEC Open Meeting Archives and access to online meetings.
The Jurist- Articles in the media related to the SEC (3/19/03)
White and Case -Alert for Issuers - Last MinuteReminder

Source Documents

The Sarbanes/Oxley Act   (PDF format)
Proposed Rule: Standards Related to Listing Company Audit Committees - Jan. 8, 2003
Proposed Rule: Implementation of Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys - Nov.  21, 2002

Comments to Proposed Rules:
Sheldon M. Jaffe Dec. 23, 2002
Panel of Attorneys Dec. 23, 2002
Eric D. Roiter, Fidelity Mgmt & Research Co. Dec. 23, 2002
Anthony Horan, JP MorganChase Dec. 20, 2002
W. Hardy Callcott, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Dec. 20, 2002
Henry A. McKinnell, Pfizer, Inc. Dec. 20, 2002
Robert C. Dinerstein/Mike Stone, Sec. Ind. Assn. Dec. 20, 2002
Panel of Attorneys from Eaton Corporation Dec. 19, 2002
Stephen E. Cavan, MFS Invest. Mgmt Dec. 18, 2002
Fritz Heimann/Nancy Z. Boswell,  Dec. 18, 2002
Jay S. Neuman, Federated Investors, Inc. Dec. 18, 2002
Jennifer T. Nijman, Chicago Bar Assn. Dec. 18, 2002
Kenneth Artin, Natl Assn of Bond Lawyers Dec. 18, 2002
Alfred P. Carlton, Jr., American Bar Assn. Dec. 18, 2002
Mitchell J. Lindauer, OppenheimerFunds, Inc. Dec. 18, 2002
Craig S. Tyle, Investment Company Institute Dec. 18, 2002
Ronald F Pol and Peter Turner Dec. 18, 2002
Edwin David Robertson, N.Y. County Lawyers' Assn. Dec. 18, 2002