Thursday, September 29, 2005



1. What does this past Kansas debater look like now?

2. What does this ex-debater now do for a living?

Robert is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Ed & Molly Smith Professor of Business Law at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin.

3. Has this former debater been "in the news"?

Yes. Bloomberg News, June 11, 2004, had a story about how Halliburton was being investigated for bribery in Nigeria:
Regulators may be trying to demonstrate to other nations that the U.S. is vigorously enforcing its anti-bribery law after getting 33 other countries to agree to common standards in 1997, said Robert A. Prentice, a professor of business law at the University of Texas in Austin.

"We're saying, 'We're really working hard here, we'd like you to get in line here too,'" Prentice said. "It doesn't hurt to make examples out of Halliburton and Exxon."
So I guess a lot of Halliburton executives are headed to jail?

4. What else do we know?

Robert authored the Student Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. FYI: that's the law Congress passed in 2002 in the wake of Enron and other cases of business fraud. He's written lots of article and books on business and securities law, ethics, etc.

Does that sound exciting to you? If so, you may want to skip his coauthored piece "Liability for Transmission of Herpes: Using Traditional Tort Principles to Encourage Honesty in Sexual Relationships." Journal of Contemporary Law 11, 67-103.

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