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MINOR MYERS

Corporate Lawyer Turned Professor

Minor Myers first joined Brooklyn Law School in 2007 as part of the Visiting Assistant Professor Program, which offers young legal minds an opportunity to prepare for a career in teaching law. Myers spent two productive years at the Law School, receiving mentoring and feedback from colleagues in his teaching and scholarship. After his term was up, he was invited to stay on as Assistant Professor of Law teaching Corporate Finance, Advanced Topics in Corporate Law, and Property.

A graduate of Connecticut College and Yale Law School, Myers was in private practice in the Corporate and Litigation Departments at Debevoise & Plimpton prior to teaching. Following law school, he clerked first for Judge Peter W. Hall and then Judge Ralph K. Winter, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Myers’ research interests are in the areas of corporate law and local government law. His most recent paper addresses the decisions of corporate special litigation committees. Published in the Indiana Law Journal (2009), the article examined the decisions of approximately one hundred special litigation committees and found that these committees behave more responsibly than previously thought. “My research validates the position of the courts, who defer to these committees,” said Myers. “It’s not the sham that some commentators thought.”

Myers said his future scholarship will focus on executive compensation and proposals for salary reform, and the history and development of corporate law. He is also interested in researching and writing about using the framework of corporations and corporate law and applying that to local governments. “In many ways these local governments are similar to business organizations where everyone is a shareholder,” he said. “I think there is a lot to learn by thinking of the issues in the same way.”

Myers is enjoying life as a professor. “The students are great — they are bright and hard-working,” he said. “Life at the Law School is phenomenal. The faculty are supportive, and it’s especially nice to have so many other junior faculty as colleagues.”

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