B.A., J.D., Harvard University
Professor Lisa M. Fairfax is the Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. Professor Fairfax teaches courses in the business area including Corporations, a Securities Law Seminar, and Contracts II. Professor Fairfax's scholarly interests include corporate governance matters, fiduciary obligations, board diversity, shareholder activism, and securities fraud. In addition to her many law review articles, Professor Fairfax has authored a book entitled, "Shareholder Democracy: A Primer on Shareholder Activism and Participation". Professor Fairfax also has written book chapters on board independence in the "Research Handbook on the Economics of Economics of Corporate Law" as well as a book focusing on the legal, social, and ethical implications of the Martha Stewart case. Professor Fairfax is a former member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), which Committee has jurisdiction over the Model Business Corporation Act.
Professor Fairfax is co-director of the DirectWomen Board Institute, which Institute promotes board diversity by identifying and supporting qualified women attorneys to serve as board candidates. Professor Fairfax is a member of the Executive Committee of GW’s Center for Law, Economics, and Finance. Professor Fairfax is the chair-elect of the Securities Regulation Section of the American Association of Law Schools (“AALS”), a former chair of the Business Associations Section of the AALS, and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Securities Regulation Section of the AALS. Professor Fairfax is a former member of the National Adjudicatory Council (“NAC”) of the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (“FINRA”), where she served as chair of its subcommittee on waivers.
Prior to joining the GW law faculty, Professor Fairfax was a Professor of Law and Director of the Business Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law, and was voted “Teacher of the Year” by the Maryland law school students. In 2009, Professor Fairfax was voted an “Influential Marylander” by the Daily Record. Before entering academia, Professor Fairfax practiced corporate law with the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston and the District of Columbia. Her practice included venture capital transactions, public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions. Professor Fairfax graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard College with honors.
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