Penn State Great Valley Diversity Action Council Presents
The Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
with Samuel C. Thompson Jr.
Wednesday, April 17
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Conference Center Building, Musser Auditorium
Samuel C. Thompson Jr., J.D., professor of law, director of the Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions at Penn State Law, will discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this special event.
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Thompson teaches courses in mergers and acquisitions and tax law at Penn State. Previously, he was the dean of the University of Miami School of Law; professor of law at the UCLA School of Law and the University of Virginia School of Law; and visiting professor of law at the Yale Law School. He was voted Teacher of the Year by students at the law schools at both Miami and UCLA.
For many years, Thompson was the partner in-charge of the tax division at the Schiff, Hardin & Waite law firm in Chicago. Additionally he served in the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Tax Legislative Counsel and International Tax Counsel, and worked in an advisory capacity with the European Union’s Antitrust Merger Taskforce in Brussels, Belgium, the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, and the SEC’s Office of Mergers & Acquisitions. On behalf of the U.S. Treasury Department, he served as the tax policy advisor to the South African Ministry of Finance in Pretoria, South Africa, from 1999 to 2000. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including two of his latest books: The Obama vs. Romney Debate on Economic Growth: A Citizen’s Guide to the Issues, and Mergers, Acquisitions and Tender Offers.
Thompson earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and his L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1973. He received a master's in business and applied economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a bachelor's from West Chester University in 1965, where he played varsity football. From 1966 to 1969, Thompson served in the United States Marine Corps, rising to captain and earning the Navy Commendation Medal with combat V for service in Vietnam.
While an undergraduate at West Chester, Thompson was an organizer of the school’s first NAACP chapter. Relating to civil rights while in Law School at Penn, he worked on a civil rights project in Leland, Mississippi. His first article, published in 1971, was "Black Business Ownership, an Analysis and a Proposal." His second article, "A Response to Professor Haskell’s Academic Plantation Theory," was published in a 1974 edition of the ABA Journal and challenged Haskell’s attack on Affirmative Action.