The Lipton Archive

Lawrence A. Hamermesh is Executive Director of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Theodore N. Mirvis is partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Leo E. Strine, Jr., the former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, is Of Counsel at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance; Ira M. Millstein Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School; and Michael L. Wachter Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. This post is based on their Wachtell memorandum.

Last week, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and its Institute for Law and Economics, unveiled a new affiliated website, “The Lipton Archive.” The Lipton Archive is a living corporate law and governance history site focusing on the thought leadership of Martin Lipton of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

The website has a searchable index of Lipton’s iconic memos from their inception and continuing into the future, as Lipton continues to address the emerging issues of this century. The memos are coded by key SSRN topics, can be searched by key words, and by date. In addition, all of Lipton’s scholarly articles, and several of his important yearly writings (e.g., his Spotlight on Boards series) are available in chronological order.

The site also has a narrative of Lipton’s career and thought leadership, which contains citations not only to his own work, but those of leading thinkers with whom he has engaged in constructive dialogue. Likewise, the site links to the rich materials on Penn Law’s Delaware Corporate Law Resource Center,, so that scholars, teachers, students, and practitioners may use them to conduct research, design interesting classroom and executive and legal education sessions, and deepen their understanding of the history and traditions of corporate governance.

The Archive is a living one in the important sense that the website will be enriched by new writings and scholarship of Lipton, by additional archiving of existing materials, and further links to the Resource Center site as the Center builds new materials.

The Archive can be accessed here: The Archive and the Lipton materials it includes have been open sourced so they are freely available to all. It is hoped that the Archive will prove to be a continuingly valuable resource to all who are interested in the development of the corporate law.

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  1. Jose Castaneda
    Posted Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Great iniciative !!! Congrats !!!