Remembering George Michaely

10 Pages Posted: 3 May 2014

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Lawrence J. Trautman

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business; Texas A&M University School of Law (By Courtesy)

Hon. Stanley Sporkin

Pennsylvania State University; Yale University - Law School

John Dudley

University of Pittsburgh; Georgetown University

Date Written: April 30, 2014


This short essay is a memorial tribute about George P. Michaely, Jr. (1926 to 2014). After graduating from both the University of Notre Dame and its law school, he began his legal career, serving for approximately seven years as attorney in the Office of General Counsel. He was then appointed Chief Counsel of the Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, where he served for approximately the next four years and was responsible for advising the Commission and the public concerning the interpretation of the statutory provisions and rules relating to the registration provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

George Michaely was a born educator. For five years he was a member of the adjunct faculty of The George Washington University. As a Professorial Lecturer on Law at the National Law Center, he taught a class on the federal securities laws. For ten years he was a member of the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown Law Center, where he taught (with Mickey Beach and Mauri Osheroff) a course focusing on the disclosure requirements of the federal securities laws relating to public and private offerings of securities, solicitations of proxies and tender offers. Again, as an educator, George served as a mentor and inspiration to many young securities attorneys. These are some reflections of him by a few of his many friends. He was a man of remarkable talent, keen intellect, good humor and his love for all people kept him in good stead with all he met.

Keywords: Division of Corporation Finance, eulogy, George P. Michaely, Jr., Office of the General Counsel, Professor of Law, SEC, securities law, teacher, The George Washington University National Law Center, Georgetown Law Center, University of Notre Dame

JEL Classification: D80, G18, G34, K10, K22, K40, M13

Suggested Citation

Trautman, Lawrence J. and Sporkin, Stanley and Dudley, John, Remembering George Michaely (April 30, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Lawrence J. Trautman (Contact Author)

Prairie View A&M University - College of Business ( email )

Prairie View, TX
United States

Texas A&M University School of Law (By Courtesy) ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX Tarrant County 76102
United States

Stanley Sporkin

Pennsylvania State University

University Park
State College, PA 16802
United States

Yale University - Law School

127 Wall St
New Haven, CT 06511

John Dudley

University of Pittsburgh

135 N Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

Georgetown University

Washington, DC 20057
United States

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