The Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) has incubated a broad range of programs and scholarship in business and finance law since its founding in 2009. Under the successive leadership of Professors Arthur Wilmarth, Jr. and Jeffrey Manns and the C-LEAF Executive Board, C-LEAF has sponsored extensive scholarship by the faculty of both GW Law and other national law schools; spawned a panoply of additional programs at GW Law; and sponsored dozens of influential conferences, panels, and talks in both Washington DC and New York City. These innovations are now all part of the broader GW Business and Finance Law Program (BFLP).
Today led by Professor Lawrence Cunningham, C-LEAF is a central focal point of research initiatives at the frontiers of law, economics, and finance. Current scholarly initiatives focus on the concept of “quality shareholders” as well as “financial technology.” In the realm of teaching, C-LEAF supports and often partners with GWNY, the pioneering training program for aspiring business lawyers, which Professor Cunningham founded in 2015 and continues to serve as Founding Faculty Director.