The Gensler SEC: Policy, Progress, and Problems


Cornerstone Research hosted a virtual presentation by Joseph Grundfest of Stanford Law School, former SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson Jr., and former SEC Chair Mary Jo White.

Joseph Grundfest of Stanford University, former SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson Jr., and former SEC Chair Mary Jo White discussed the SEC’s major challenges, and evaluated both the Commission’s progress and the problems it continues to face on multiple fronts. Jennifer Marietta-Westberg of Cornerstone Research served as moderator.

The event featured virtual, interactive polls, in which participants voted on potential approaches the SEC might take on key issues.

The panel debated a range of topics, including:

  • Pending disclosure rules related to ESG and their likely fate upon judicial review
  • Regulation of cryptomarkets and decentralized financial services (DeFi)
  • The policy of seeking admissions of guilt in a larger number of settlements
  • The new, liberalized approach to 14a-8 shareholder proposals


Joseph A. Grundfest

Former Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission;
W. A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Emeritus,
Stanford Law School,
Senior Faculty, Rock Center for Corporate Governance,
Stanford University

  • Washington

Jennifer Marietta-Westberg

Vice President

Additional Speakers

Robert J. Jackson Jr.
Former Commissioner, SEC;
Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy,
New York University School of Law

Mary Jo White
Former Chair, SEC;
Former United States Attorney, Southern District of New York;
Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton