Faculty

Business Law in the New Millennium

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Business Law Leaders

The strength of our Business Law faculty lies in the remarkable range of perspective and first-hand experience that each professor brings to class. As frequently-cited scholars and practitioners who have published work on the most important issues of the day, our faculty members have made significant contributions to the field and are often called upon by the media and different sectors of the corporate world for their expertise. Our faculty includes a former Securities and Exchange Commissioner and Director of the New York Stock Exchange, a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, a faculty member actively involved in the revision of the Uniform Commercial Code, and a consultant to the Federal Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Committee.

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Dana Brakman Reiser is an expert in the emerging field of the law of nonprofit organizations; she has been at the forefront of research in this area. Her writing focuses on two distinct, but related concerns in nonprofit law: nonprofit accountability and governance, and the role of members and other non-fiduciary constituencies in nonprofit organizations. Brakman Reiser is the faculty advisor to the Brooklyn Law Review.

Neil Cohen teaches commercial and corporate law and writes extensively in the domestic and international commercial law areas. He serves as the Director of Research of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code. In the international arena, Cohen has been active in the modernization, harmonization, and internationalization of the law governing secured credit. He is also a member of the U.S delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

Professor Bradley Borden is a leading authority on taxation of property transactions and partnership taxation. His pioneering work on partnership and transactional tax theory appears in numerous articles. He is the author of two books on tax-free like-kind exchanges and has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and other materials on tax topics for national tax publications. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims have cited his work in their opinions.

Steven Dean’s scholarship focuses on tax law and policy and has addressed a range of critical vulnerabilities in the United States tax system, including tax havens, tax shelters, and tax complexity. His most recent article highlights the inadequacies of the barter market nations have long used to acquire the extraterritorial tax information needed to enforce their tax laws.

James Fanto directs the Center's International Economic Law Forums. His extensive writings and lectures focus on the law relating to corporate boards, comparative corporate governance, cross-cultural securities disclosure, investor education, merger decision making, and differences in business law and enterprises between the United States and France.

Michael Gerber, an expert in bankruptcy law, is the author of a Chapter 11 casebook used in law schools throughout the United States, and is a contributing author of the leading treatise on bankruptcy law. He has written and lectured on corporate governance in bankruptcy, bankruptcy ethics, the treatment of intellectual property interests in bankruptcy, dot-com bankruptcies, international and comparative insolvency law, and other business bankruptcy and reorganization topics.

Edward Janger has published extensively in the areas of bankruptcy law, commercial law and data privacy. He currently serves as consultant to the Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee of the Federal Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Debtor Education. Janger has served as a scholar-in-residence at the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is also faculty advisor to the Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law.

Roberta Karmel is the Co-Director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law and she has helped lead the Center to prominence since its establishment twenty years ago. Karmel is a former Securities and Exchange Commissioner, a Public Director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a partner at two major law firms. She teaches and writes on international securities regulation and is widely called upon in the media on financial regulation matters.

Rebecca Kysar practiced as a tax associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where she was responsible for all tax aspects of complex domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, bank financings, joint ventures, and restructurings. She has developed courses for lawyers on international taxation, taxable corporate acquisitions, and tax-exempt organizations.

Minor Myer's research interests include corporate law and local government law, and his most recent scholarship addresses the decisions of corporate special litigation committees. Before joining the faculty in 2009, Myer was in private practice in the Corporate and Litigation Departments at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Arthur Pinto is the Co-Director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. He has written a book on corporate law and co-edited a book on comparative corporate governance, and serves on the editorial board of The International and Comparative Law Journal.

Winnie Taylor is a national authority in consumer law, contracts, and credit and employment discrimination. For the past 30 years, she has served as a consultant for Fair Lending and Workplace Equity. Taylor has written extensively on the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act and is a former member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.