November 12, 2020

From L to R: Jeremy Kidd, Commissioner Hester Peirce, Eden Olson

Catholic Law’s Securities Law Program (SLP) and Securities Law Students Association (SLSA) hosted a virtual discussion with Hester Peirce, a commissioner at the Securities and Exchange Commission. The program opened with a welcome from Visiting Professor Jeremy Kidd, acting director of the Securities Law Program and advisor to the Securities Law Students Association, who gave a brief introduction of Commissioner Peirce. He then turned things over to Eden Olson (3L), President of SLSA, who acted as the moderator for the evening’s event.

Through a series of questions posed by Olson, Commissioner Peirce shared her personal views on subjects including the COVID pandemics impact on the market, not politicizing the work of the SEC, and its regulatory work, as well as how Commissioner Peirce chose to get into securities law and what advice she would give to law students interested in pursuing a career in the field. Pierce encouraged law students to “get as much experience as you can,” sharing that experience in both the private sector as well as at a regulatory agency is helpful for careers in securities law.

The discussion concluded with questions from those in attendance.