Executive Board and Officers

Executive Director, Neil Ruiz is an internationally recognized expert on the political economy of the global race for talent, skills, and labor. He has spent the past decade as a research scholar at The Brookings Institution, The World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank working on policy issues related to entrepreneurship, education, and economic development. His studies have been widely cited in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times, and CNN. Neil also has experience in the startup and entrepreneurship sectors. Neil holds a PhD in political science from MIT, an MSc in Economic History from Oxford University, and a BA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Director, Comparative Business Law Programs, Donald Clarke is a specialist in Chinese law. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has published extensively in journals such as the China Quarterly and American Journal of Comparative Law on subjects ranging from Chinese criminal law and procedure to corporate governance. His recent research has focused on Chinese legal institutions and the legal issues presented by China’s economic reforms.

Director, C-LEAF in New York,  Lawrence A. Cunningham investigates the relation between “modern” finance theory, widely embraced by corporate law scholars from the 1980s to today, and manifest crises of that same period. His projects include a solicited book chapter exploring the effects of contemporary finance theories on the subject of law and accounting, offering a consolidation and extension of his previous work, and a new book that Cambridge University Press will publish in 2012 called "Contracts in the Real World: Stories of Popular Contracts and Why They Matter." He is also working on a book-length history of the American International Group.  

Director, Conference Programs, Lisa M. Fairfax teaches business law courses including corporations, securities regulation, and seminars on securities law and corporate transactions. Her scholarly interests include corporate governance matters, shareholder activism, fiduciary obligations, securities fraud, and privatization and education, and she is a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences. She is co-chair of the ABA Governmental Corporation Law Committee and serves on the National Adjudicatory Council and the NASDAQ Market Regulation Committee of FINRA.

Director, Academic Programs and Administration, Theresa A. Gabaldon specializes in corporate and securities law and professional responsibility, with primary research interests in the field of securities regulation. Her most recent scholarship has focused on the regulation of municipal securities. She has moderated of a series of online broadcasts on a variety of securities-related topics and served as curator for the most recent expansion of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society’s securities industry timeline.

Miriam Galston has taught courses on corporations and other business relationships, state debtor and creditor rights and federal bankruptcy law, state and federal law of nonprofits, and jurisprudence courses and seminars. She has also served for many years as co-chair of the Subcommittee on Political and Lobbying Activities of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the Tax Section of the ABA, and has participated in numerous conferences and organizations devoted to nonprofits and exempt organizations. Previously, she received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where she specialized in medieval Arabic philosophy.

Director, Business Law Clinical Program, Susan Jones is the supervising attorney of the Small Business Clinic. Before joining the Law School faculty in 1988, she was a private civil and administrative law practitioner. She has written extensively about microenterprise and community economic development. Her research interests include the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, economic development, nonprofit organizations, and the arts.

Director, Planning and Publications, F. Scott Kieff is the Ray and Louis Knowles Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, where he directs the Project on Commercializing Innovation, which studies the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, intellectual property, antitrust, and bankruptcy. He has taken a leave of absence from George Washington University after being sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Michael B. Abramowicz specializes in law and economics, spanning areas including corporate law, intellectual property, civil procedure, administrative law, and insurance law. In addition to many works, he is the author of Predictocracy: Market Mechanisms for Public and Private Decision Making (Yale University Press). The book discusses how prediction markets may be used to enhance decision-making both within corporations and in the public sphere.

Karen Brown is the Donald Phillip Rothschild Research Professor of Law. Her teaching and scholarship interests are in the areas of income, corporate, and international taxation. She has co-written a book on international tax transactions and co-edited a book on tax reform. She has written numerous articles and book chapters and delivered many presentations on federal taxation.

Neil Buchanan specializes in tax law, tax policy, contracts, and law and economics. His research addresses the long-term tax and spending patterns of the federal government, focusing on budget deficits, the national debt, health care costs, and Social Security. He also is engaged in a long-term research project that asks how current policy choices should be shaped by concerns for the interests of future generations.

Steve Charnovitz is an associate professor of law at The George Washington University Law School. He received a B.A and J.D. from Yale University, and an M.P.P. from Harvard University. Before joining the Law School faculty in 2004, Professor Charnovitz practiced law for six years at Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. From 1995 to 1999, he was the director of the Global Environment and Trade Study (GETS) at Yale University. From 1991 to 1995, he was the policy director of the U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council. Professor Charnovitz serves on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, the editorial boards of the Journal of International Economic Law, the Journal of Environment & Development, and the World Trade Review.

Susan R. Jones is director and supervising attorney of GW Law Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic. In addition to her scholarly and practical work in transactional law, small business, community economic development and microenterprise development, Professor Jones has research interests in international/comparative economic development, nonprofit organizations and charitable giving, minority entrepreneurship, arts and entertainment, and innovation and creativity and the law.

Susan L. Karamanian’s recent professional work has taken her to the Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain), where she is working with law faculties in developing commercial law courses, to the University of Paris 1, Pantheon Sorbonne, where she taught a short course on public international law, and The Hague, where she was director of English Studies at the Hague Academy of International Law. Her recent scholarship has focused on international arbitration, in the commercial sense as well as in the context of investor-state disputes.

Mark Klock concentrates on corporate governance and the regulation of financial markets. He is working on an article using the SEC’s mishandling of Madoff as another argument that fraud is best deterred through a system of strict liability that encompasses collateral participants (non-sellers) involved in the fraud and facilitates rather than frustrates private plaintiffs.

William E. Kovacic was a member of the Federal Trade Commission and chaired the agency from March 2008 to March 2009. He was the FTC’s General Counsel from June 2001 to December 2004. In 2011 he received the FTC’s Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime Achievement. Since August 2013, Professor Kovacic has served as a Non-Executive Director with the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority. From January 2009 to September 2011, he was Vice-Chair for Outreach for the International Competition Network. He has advised many countries and international organizations on antitrust, consumer protection, government contracts, and the design of regulatory institutions.

Gregory E. Maggs is Co-director of the law school’s National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations LLM program. He was the Interim Dean of the law school from 2010-2011 and from 2013-2014 and the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2008-2010. He teaches mainly in the areas of commercial law, constitutional law, contracts, and counter-terrorism law, and he has written extensively on these subjects. Professor Maggs is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. assigned as a trial or appellate military judge since 2007.

Dalia Tsuk Mitchell focuses on the history of U.S. legal thought with particular emphasis on the role that groups and organizations played in legal scholars’ visions for the modern state. Through her books and articles, Professor Mitchell offers new and critical interpretations of the development of corporate law and theory in the 20th century. She is working on a book exploring the relationship between the development of corporate law and theory and the rise of the modern American state.

Thomas Morgan is the Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law. He is the author of articles and widely-used casebooks in both subjects, and he also writes about administrative law, economic regulation, and legal education. He is also a lecturer and consultant to law firms on questions of professional ethics and lawyer malpractice.

Andy Spanogle is the William Wallace Kirkpatrick Research Professor of Law. He is a founding member of Ralph Nader’s Public Interest Research Group, and is the co-author of the widely used casebook Consumer Law. In addition, he is the co-author of International Business Transactions, the most widely used casebook in its field, and also a West Group Treatise on the same subject.

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. is pursuing a long-term project evaluating whether large financial conglomerates played major roles in precipitating the boom-and-bust economic cycles of 1924–33, 1994–2002, and 2003–09. He has recently completed an article proposing regulatory reforms that could reduce the risks posed by "too big to fail" financial conglomerates. He continues to examine the extent to which regulatory failures contributed to the financial crisis of 2007–09. In particular, he is analyzing evidence of regulatory capture of federal banking agencies by major financial institutions, as well as the adverse impact of federal preemption of state consumer protection laws.

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