This week, Michael Perino will be joining us to talk about his fascinating book, The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora's Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance. It's not just a book about the development of the law, but it's a historical snapshot book, an enjoyable casual read akin to The Devil in the White City, Last Call, or Longitude, about 1932 America and the beginnings of federal financial regulation.
Michael Perino is currently the Dean George W. Matheson Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law in New York. Professor Perino's primary areas of scholarly interest are securities regulation and litigation, corporations, class actions, and judicial decision making. Professor Perino has also been a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School (2005), the Justin W. D'Atri Visiting Professor of Law, Business and Society at Columbia Law School (2002), and a Lecturer and Co-Director of the Roberts Program in Law, Business, and Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School (1995-1998). He was one of the principal developers of Stanford Law School's Securities Class Action Clearinghouse. We've previously seen him on Point of Law for his analysis of attorneys' fees in Delaware shareholder actions and his empirical study of Milberg Weiss fees. I look forward to his posts.