Justice Henry duPont Ridgely of the Delaware Supreme Court recently authored an article on one of the most timely issues in corporate litigation today: bylaw amendments that include fee-shifting and forum selection clauses.

His Honor prepared the article based on a speech he presented last month at the SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium, and we are grateful that he has allowed us to share a link to his article. In addition, it remains important to add that the SMU Law Review also consented to this posting of Justice Ridgely’s article with the following acknowledgement about the article: Posted with permission from the SMU Law Review and the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. The article will appear in an upcoming issue of the SMU Law Review. The formal title of the article is: “The Evolving Role of Bylaws in Corporate Governance.”

Much has been written in trade publications and in the blogosphere about recent developments involving bylaw amendments, some of which we have linked to on these pages.

Justice Ridgely announced a few days ago that, after 30 years as a member of the Delaware Judiciary, he will be retiring from the bench in January 2015. He has been one of the brightest stars in the constellation of Delaware jurists, which counts many shining lights among its number. Still, the Delaware Bench will be less stellar in his absence. His public service through his exemplary contributions to the administration of justice will remain a standard by which others should be measured.