ERIC J. GOUVIN
Western New England University School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, Mass. 01119
(413) 796-2031
eric.gouvin@law.wne.edu

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS

Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts

Dean (7/2013 - present)

Chief Executive Officer in the School of Law; responsible for all aspects of the School of Law, including academic program, budgeting, fundraising, personnel, admissions, finance, career services and alumni affairs.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (7/2004 - 6/2009)

Chief Academic Officer in the School of Law; responsible for oversight of the internal affairs of the School of Law, including:
   -   Curriculum development, scheduling, externships, adjunct hiring, and academic standards.
   -   Student discipline, transfer requests, and other administrative matters.
   -   Co-ordination of efforts with partner institutionsto administer the joint degree programs.
   -   Directly reporting to the Dean on all internal affairs matters at the School of Law.
   -   Supervising, supporting, and evaluating the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Registrar, and Clinic Coordinator.

Associate Dean for External Affairs (7/2003 - 6/2004)

Responsible for oversight of the admissions, alumni, and career services functions in the School of Law, including: 
   -   Participating in planning, budgeting, and execution of plans to achieve admissions goals.
   -   Work with Director of Career Services to promote graduate placement.
   -   Work with Alumni Director to enhance alumni satisfaction, and facilitate development efforts.  
   -   Website management, and supervision of law school publications.
   -   Coordination with local bar associations and liaison with central administration.  
   -   Directly reporting to the Dean on all external affairs matters at the School of Law.  
   -   Supervising the Assistant Deans of Admissions, Career Services, and Development and Alumni Relations. 
   -   Managing the budgets for the admissions, alumni, and career services offices in co-operation with the Assistant Deans.

Western New England University Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Springfield, Massachusetts
Director
(9/2009 – 6/2013)
Management Team Member (7/2005 – present)
Founder (7/2005)

Initiated and developed an interdisciplinary project between the School of Law and the College of Business at Western New England University to provide legal and business services to low-income entrepreneurs, host educational events for the community, and establish a resource center for small businesses.  In 2011 expanded the program to all the academic units in the university to support entrepreneurship and innovation across campus.

-   Participated in development efforts resulting in three grants totaling $1.6 million and a federal earmark of $100,000.
-   Work with Advancement Office to make calls on donors and to develop grant proposals, gifts and sponsorships.
-   Oversee the budget for Center activities, including resource center acquisitions, travel, conferences, and programming.
-   Coordinate efforts with local service providers to support entrepreneurship without duplicating efforts.
-   Manage the Center, support the Small Business Clinic, assist in programming, marketing, and community outreach.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
Professor of Law
(7/96-present) (sabbatical 1998-99, spring 2010)
Associate Professor (7/94-7/96)
Assistant Professor (7/91-7/94)

Courses taught: Business organizations, business planning, transactional lawyering seminar, the Small Business Clinic, secured transactions, contracts, corporate finance, banking law, and regulation of financial institutions.  Also served as faculty advisor to the corporate moot court team, transactional law meet team, and various independent studies and internships.  Serve as Faculty Advisor to the students in the business law concentration and the JD/MBA program.

Committee service: Law School – Self-Study (Chair, 2011-12, member 2005-06); Curriculum Committee; Tenure Committee (Chair of subcommittee reviewing candidate); Promotion Committee;  Professional Development Committee (Chair); Building Committee; Self-Study Committee; Ad Hoc Faculty Retention and Morale (Chair); Dean Search (Chair); Bar Passage Committee; Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee (1999, 2004 – five year strategic plans); Orientation Committee; Admissions Committee; Planning and Budget Committee; Faculty Personnel Committee; Academic Standards (Chair); External Affairs committee; Honor Code Committee; and Library Committee.

University-wide – Faculty Governance Committee; Budget Advisory Committee; New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Accreditation Visit Self-Study; International Programs Coordinating Council; Search Committee, Vice-President for Information Technology; Internationalization Task Force of the University Strategic Plan; Long-Term Planning (team leader);  Search Committee, Joint Law and Business Faculty Appointment (Chair); Criminal Statistics Reporting Compliance Committee; Provost Search Committee; Computer Resources Task Force; and Lecture Day Planning Committee.

Founder and Director, Small Business Clinic (7/2002 - 7/2006)

Coordinated efforts of the School of Law and the College of Business in cooperation with local business incubators at Springfield Technical Community College's Scibelli Enterprise Center to provide pro bono business and legal services for small businesses in the start-up phase. Supervised student attorneys, arranged for lecturers, and sought funding for clinic activities. Served as liaison to community development organizations. Materially participated in fundraising effort that resulted in a million dollar grant to establish the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship as the institutional home for the Small Business Clinic. Materially participated in subsequent fundraising efforts leading to additional grants.

Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
Lecturer in Law
(Fall 2012)

Course taught: transactional lawyering seminar (LL.M.)

University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
Visiting Professor
(Spring 1999, Fall 2001, Summers 2000-02, 2006-11, 2013)

Courses taught: business organizations, secured transactions

Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, People’s Republic of China
Fulbright Specialist Grantee
(April-May 2012)

Invited to deliver series of lectures on comparative corporate law.

Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Formerly known as University of Paris X (Nanterre)) summer program with Golden Gate University School of Law, Paris, France
Visiting Professor
(June 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012)

Course taught: comparative corporate law.

Vytautas Magnus University School of Law, Kaunas, Republic of Lithuania
Visiting Professor
(May-June 2005)

Course taught: comparative corporate law.

EDUCATION

KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, Mass.
M.P.A. with concentration in Industry Analysis and Regulation, Class of 1999.

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Boston, Massachusetts
LL.M., American Banking Law Studies, Class of 1990 (graduated second in class).

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D. cum laude, Class of 1986 (ranked 12th of 413 in third year)
  -   Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar (top 25 third year students)
  -   Paul J. Liacos Scholar (top quarter in second year)
  -   Associate Editor, American Journal of Law and Medicine
  -   Bernard E. Farr Award

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, Ithaca, New York
B.A. cum laude, American Studies, Class of 1983
  -   Editor, Cornell Lunatic, Campus Humor Magazine
  -   McMullen Scholar
 

SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

Books and Supplements:

ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, Committee on Adjunct Faculty, Best Practices Report on the Use of Adjunct Faculty (editor and contributor, 2011).

Co-author with Phillip Blumberg, Kurt Strasser, & Nicholas Georgakopoulos, The Law of Corporate Groups: Jurisdiction, Practice and Procedure (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2007).

Co-author with Phillip Blumberg, Kurt Strasser, & Nicholas Georgakopoulos, Blumberg on Corporate Groups, 2d ed. (Aspen Law & Business, 2004).

Co-author with Phillip Blumberg and Kurt Strasser, The Law of Corporate Groups: Statutory Law – Specific, Supplements (Aspen Law & Business, 2000, 2001 & 2002).

Invited Symposium Articles:

The Lawyer’s Toolbox: Teaching Students About Risk Allocation (co-authored with Dana Malkus, Usha Rodrigues, and Scott Stevenson), forthcoming 15 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 319 (2013).

Of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: Toward a Public Policy That Supports New Venture Formation, in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies: The Role of Law, (Megan M. Carpenter, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012)[reprinted in Law and Entrepreneurship (Robert Litan & Anthony Luppino, eds., Edward Elgar, 2013)].

Wilkes v. Springside Nursing Home, Inc.: The Backstory, 33 Western New England University L. REV 581 (2011).

Interdisciplinary Transactional Courses, 12 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 101 (2010) (co-authored with Robert Statchen, Anthony J. Luppino, and William A. Kell,).

Upper-Level Courses: Three Exemplars, 12 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 377 (2010) (co-authored with Mark Fagan, Tamar Frankel, and Kathy Z. Heller).

Teaching Business Lawyering in Law Schools: A Candid Assessment of the Challenges and Some Suggestions for Moving Ahead, 78 UMKC L. REV. 429 (2009)[reprinted in Law and Entrepreneurship (Robert Litan & Anthony Luppino, eds., Edward Elgar, 2013)].

Forward: Entrepreneurship in a Flat, Green, Cash-Strapped World, 31 Western New England University L. REV 581 (2009).

Forward: Entrepreneurship, Race, and the Current Environment for Community Economic Development, 30 Western New England University L. Rev. 1 (2007).

Forward: Law, Business and Economic Development -- Current Issues and Age-Old Battles, 29 Western New England University L. Rev. 1 (2006).

Are There Any Checks and Balances on the Government’s Power to Check our Balances? The Fate of Financial Privacy During the War on Terror, 14 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 517 (2005).

Bank Mergers in North America: Comparing the Approaches in the United States and Canada 18 Transnat’l Law. 245 (2005).

Financial Holding Company Liability After Gramm-Leach-Bliley, in Financial Modernization After Gramm-Leach-Bliley, 37-63 (Patricia A. McCoy ed., LexisNexis, 2002).

Rural Low-Income Housing and Massachusetts Chapter 40B: A Perspective from the Zoning Board of Appeals, 23 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 3 (2001).

Cross-Border Bank Branching Under the NAFTA: Public Choice and the Law of Corporate Groups 13 Conn. J. Int’l L. 257 (1999).

Book Chapters:

The Magic of Money and Banking, in Harry Potter and the Law (Franklin D. Snyder, ed., Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2010).

On Death and Magic: Law, Necromancy and the Great Beyond, in Law and Magic (Christine Corcos, ed. Carolina Academic Press, 2010).

Law Review and Journal Articles:

Criminal Sanctions in Corporate Governance: A Comparative Examination of French and American Approaches to the Misuse of Corporate Assets [work in progress].

Radical Tax Reform, Municipal Finance, and the Conservative Agenda, 56 Rutgers L. Rev. 409 (2004).

Bringing Out the Big Guns: The USA PATRIOT Act, Money Laundering, and the War on Terrorism, 55 Baylor L. Rev. 101 (2003).

The Political Economy of Canada’s “Widely Held” Rule for Large Banks, 32 Law & Pol’y Int’l Bus. (Georgetown) 391 (2001).

Of Hungry Wolves and Horizontal Conflicts: Rethinking the Justification for Bank Holding Company Liability, 1999 U. Ill. L. Rev. 949 (1999).

Banking in North America: The Triumph of Public Choice Over Public Policy , 32 Cornell Int. L.J. 1 (1998).

Shareholder Enforced Market Discipline: How Much is Too Much? 16 Ann. Rev. Banking L. 311 (1997).

Resolving the Subsidiary Director's Dilemma, 47 Hastings L.J. 287 (1996).

Review Essay, A Square Peg in a Vicious Circle: Stephen Breyer's Optimistic Prescription for the Regulatory Mess, 32 Harv. J. on Legis. 473 (1995).

Truth in Savings and the Failure of Legislative Methodology, 62 U. Cinn. L. Rev. 1282 (1994) (translated into Chinese for use in a legislation education project funded by the United Nations Development Programme).

Note, Drunk Driving and the Alcoholic Offender: A New Approach to an Old Problem, 12 Am. J. L. & Med. (1987).

Book Contributions:

Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (Steve Friedland, Gerry Hess, Michael Schwartz & Sophie Sparrow, 2011) [reprinting Using the Examination as a Teaching Tool, The Law Teacher (fall, 2003)].

Bank Mergers in North America: Comparing the Approaches in the United States and Canada, in Bank Mergers: Issues and Cases (Jayshree Bose, ed., ICFAI Books, 2006) [reprinting 18 Transnat'l Law. 245 (2005)].

Contributor, Teaching the Law School Curriculum (Steven Friedland & Gerald Hess, eds. Carolina Press, 2004).

Cross-Border Bank Branching Under the NAFTA: Public Choice and the Law of Corporate Groups, in NAFTA: A Problem-Oriented Coursebook (Folsom, Gordon & Lopez eds., West, 2000) [reprinting 13 CONN. J. INT'L L. 257 (1999) in substantial part].

Resolving the Subsidiary Director's Dilemma, in THE BEST IN D&O DUTIES AND LIABILITIES (Kathryn Schoenbrun, ed., Bowne & Co., 1997) [reprinting 47 HASTINGS L.J. 287 (1996)]. 

OTHER LEGAL PUBLICATIONS 

Rusty’s Custom Rides -- B, 2013 (business school case study) – in circulation (co-authored with Dr. Harlan Spotts and Dr. James McKeon).

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, eLaw Website, Developer of Content and Member, Editorial Board (2008-present).

Newsletter, ABA Task Force on Director & Officer Liability, 2005 - 2007.

Learning Business Law by Doing It: Real Transactions in Law School Clinics, Business Law Today, vol. 14, no.1, Sept./Oct. 2004 at 53.

Using the Examination as a Teaching Tool, The Law Teacher (Fall, 2003).

Privacy Protection: Notices Designed to Fail, W. Mass. L. Trib., Mar. 27 - Apr. 2, 2002, at 15.

Deadlock and the Death Tax: The Estate Tax is Dead; Long Live the Estate Tax, W. Mass. L. Trib., Nov. 1-8, 2000, at 1.

Introduction to Federal and Maine Banking Regulation (PESI, 1990).

Maine Loan Documentation for the Commercial Lender (PESI, 1990) (co-author with Rick Lawrence, Esq. & Blaine Boudreau).

 

COMPUTER ASSISTED LEGAL INSTRUCTION (CALI) LESSONS

Authority: Actual, Apparent, and Inherent (2002).

Mechanics of Incorporation and Defective Incorporation (2002) (One of the top 25 most accessed lessons in the CALI library).

The Ultra Vires Doctrine (2002).

Liability of Agent to Third Parties: On the Contract and Warranty of Authority (2002) (co-authored with John Matheson).

The Master/Servant Relationship (2004).

Piercing the Corporate Veil (2004).

Authority of Partners to Bind the Partnership (2005).


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  -   Co-Chair, Committee on Business Law Education (2007-2010).
  -   Vice Chair (2004 - 2007)
  -   Chair, Publications Subcommittee (2004-2008)
  -   Chair, Membersip Subcommittee (2010-present)
  -   Member, Task Force on Director and Officer Liability 
  -   Co-Chair, New Developments Subcommittee

American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar
  -   Chair, Committee on Adjunct Faculty (2008-2013).
  -   Member, Sabbatical Site Inspection Teams, spring 2008, spring 2009
  -   Chair, Sabbatical Site Inspection Team, spring 2010, spring 2012

American Bar Association
  -   Member, Advisory Committee to the Standing Committee on Substance Abuse (Presidential appointee).

Association of American Law Schools
  -   Section on Transactional Law & Skills
      -   Chair 2013-present.
      -   Chair-Elect 2012
      -   Secretary 2011
      -   Executive Committee, 2011-present.
  -   Section on Agency, Partnership, LLC's & Unincorporated Associations
       -  Executive Committee 2006 - 2011
  -   Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services
       -   Executive Committee, 1997 - 2007.

National Conference of Bar Examiners, Multistate Essay Exam , Drafter, 2002-03, 2003-04.

Working Group – Comprehensive Revision of Massachusetts Business Corporation Law, 2001.
 

HONORS AND AWARDS

Common Ground Inclusive Leadership Award, 2013.

Fulbright Specialist Roster, 2009-present.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grant recipient for development of eLaw Website (2008-09)

American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2007-present.

Professor of the Year, Western New England University School of Law, 2002-2003.

CALI Business Organizations Fellow, 2001-2002.

Kennedy Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1998-1999.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
      Scholarly Presentations:

“Legal Support of Incubating Businesses: What, When, Who and Where?” to be presented at a Symposium: Incubators: Function and Future, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, March 29, 2013.

“It’s the Little Things that Make Law Such a Big Deal: Identifying and Eliminating Barriers to New Business Formation,” at Annual Meeting, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), New Orleans, LA, Jan. 15, 2012 [peer-reviewed].

“Of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: Toward a Public Policy That Supports New Venture Formation,” at “Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation,” at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, Apr. 1, 2011.

"Wilkes v. Springside Nursing Home, Inc.: The Backstory,” at the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship 5th Annual Conference: “Fiduciary Duties in the Closely-Held Business 35 Years After Wilkes v. Springside Nursing Home," at Western New England University School of Law, Oct. 15, 2010.

“Criminal Sanctions in Corporate Governance: A Comparative Examination of French and American Approaches to the Misuse of Corporate Assets,” at the Seventh Annual International Conference on Law at the Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece. July 19-22, 2010.

"The Kauffman Foundation’s eLaw Website Scholarship Materials – First Year Progress Report," at the Ninth Annual Transactional Law Clinic Conference and Workshop held at the Arizona State University College of Law, Scottsdale, AZ, Apr. 30, 2010.

"Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship 4th Annual Conference: Women, Ethnicity and Entrepreneurship," conference coordinator and moderator of a panel entitled "Access to Financial Capital,” presented at Western New England University School of Law, Oct. 23, 2009.

Presenter, "Entrepreneurship Scholarship and the Kauffman Foundation’s eLaw Website Development Project," at the Eighth Annual Transactional Law Clinic Conference and Workshop held at the George Washington University Law School, Apr. 24, 2009.

Panelist, “Harry Potter and the Law,” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, Apr. 4, 2009, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA.

“Looking for Lessons from the US:  Deregulation, Market Failure and Government Intervention – What Have we Learned?” at “Banking Law Conference: Is the Bank Crisis also a Crisis in Banking Law?” at Free University of Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 22, 2008.

Commenter on Jonathan Macey’s presentation “The Federal Banking Bailout: Success or Failure?” at Western New England University School of Law, Federalist Society, Nov. 11, 2008.

"Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship 3rd Annual Conference: Current Issues in Entrepreneurship and Community Economic Development," conference coordinator and moderator of a panel entitled "Looking Ahead: Political Outcomes and Policy Implications,” presented at Western New England University School of Law, Oct. 17, 2008.

“Why Comparative Corporate Law Matters,” presented at “Perspectives on International Law and Comparative Law,” at the University of Paris X (Nanterre), France, June 16, 2008. 

Commenter on David Reiss’s article “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Public Mission: Are the Benefits Worth the Risk?” at University of Connecticut’s 2008 Junior Scholars’ Workshop on Banking and Consumer Financial Services Law, May 28, 2008

“In re Disney and Its Aftermath,” presented at a panel discussion entitled “Executive Compensation and Golden Parachutes – a Comparative Look at a Common Problem,” at the University of Paris X (Nanterre), France, June 20, 2007.

Conference coordinator and moderator of a panel entitled “Fringe Banking and the Community – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” as part of the “Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship 2nd Annual Conference: Current Issues in Community Development," at Western New England University School of Law, Mar. 30, 2007.

Discussant on Brett Freundenberg’s article, What have been driving hybrid business forms and will Australia follow? at the AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs and Unincorporated Business Associations, program entitled “What Can Theoretical Perspectives Add to Our Understanding of Unincorporated Business Associations?,” at the AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Jan. 4, 2007.

Conference coordinator and moderator of a panel entitled “The Future of the Community Reinvestment Act,” as part of the “Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship 1st Annual Conference: Current Issues in Community Development," at Western New England University School of Law, Mar. 24, 2006.

“Comparing Canadian and American Approaches to Large Bank Mergers,” at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Law & Economics Association, University of Toronto, Sept. 23-24, 2005.

“Bank Merger Guidelines in the United States and Canada,” at the University of the Pacific–McGeorge School of Law as part of a symposium entitled "International Financial Services: Diverse Approaches in a Globalized Environment", Nov. 5, 2004

“The Changing Face of Parent and Subsidiary Corporations: Entity Versus Enterprise Liability” at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Moderator of panel on financial holding companies, Oct. 21, 2004.

"Money Laundering: Striking a Balance Between Privacy and Security,” as part of a symposium entitled "Balancing Security and Liberty in the New Century" at Temple University, Oct. 15, 2004.

“Bankers on the Front Lines – The Anti-Money Laundering Measures in the USA PATRIOT Act” delivered at Western New England University School of Law as part of a program addressing the legal responses to terrorism, Sept. 20, 2002.

"The Political Economy of Canada's 'Widely Held' Rule for Large Banks," presented at the Annual Meeting Canadian Law & Economics Association, University of Toronto, Sept. 28-29, 2001.

“Financial Holding Company Liability After Gramm-Leach-Bliley,” presented at a conference on Financial Modernization After Gramm-Leach-Bliley at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, May 18, 2001.

“Applying the Massachusetts Low to Moderate Income Housing Act in Rural Communities – The Perspective of the local Zoning Board of Appeals,” presented at a Conference on Increasing Affordable Housing and Regional Housing Opportunity, Western New England University School of Law, Dec. 10, 1999.

"Banking in North America: Public Choice vs. Public Policy," presented at the Annual Meeting Canadian Law & Economics Association, University of Toronto, Sept. 26, 1998.

“Control in Corporate Groups – A Global View,” presented a paper examining the differences in bank regulation among the NAFTA countries, especially relating to industry structure, and the implications of those differences for trade policy, held at the University of Connecticut, Apr. 3-4, 1998.

Presentations on Legal Pedagogy:

Co-Presenter with Dana Malkus, Usha Rodrigues, and Scott Stevenson, “The Lawyer’s Toolbox: Teaching Students About Risk Allocation,” presented at “Preparing the Transactional Lawyer: From Doctrine to Practice,” at Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 2, 2012.

Co-Presenter with Dr. Harlan Spotts, “Case Study: Rusty’s Custom Cycles,” at the Annual Meeting of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), New Orleans, LA, January 15, 2012 [peer-reviewed submission].Presenter, “Quantifying the Pedagogical Value of an Integrated Business and Law Outreach Approach,” at Research and Pedagogical Trends in Entrepreneurship Education, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, May 12, 2011.

“Why do Interdisciplinary Work in Entrepreneurship?” at the session on the Law & Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), Hilton Head, SC (via Skype), Jan. 13, 2011.

Poster Presentation, “The Kauffman Foundation’s eLaw Project: An online Community for Scholars and Teachers,” at Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), San Francisco, CA, Jan. 7, 2011,

“The Making of a Deal Lawyer,” presentation to law faculty at University of Northern Kentucky Chase School of Law, Highland Heights, KY, Sept. 15, 2010.

“What Every Business Lawyer Should Know (But probably Won’t Learn in Law School),” presentation to law students at University of Northern Kentucky Chase School of Law, Highland Heights, KY, Sept. 15, 2010.

“Using Transactions to Teach Secured Transactions,” presented at “Transactional Education: What’s Next” as part of a panel entitled “Upper-level Courses: Three Exemplars,” at Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, June 5, 2010.

“Playing Well With Others: Lessons Learned about Interdisciplinary Work,” presented at “Transactional Education: What’s Next” as part of a panel entitled “Interdisciplinary Transactional Courses,” at Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA, June 4, 2010.

“Putting Business into Business Law,” at the Ninth Annual Transactional Law Clinic Conference and Workshop at Arizona State University College of Law, Scottsdale, AZ, Apr. 30, 2010.

“What Every New Business Lawyer Needs to Know (But Probably Didn’t Learn in Law School),” at ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, July 31, 2009.

“Telling Business Stories,” presented at “Once Upon a Legal Time: Developing the Skills of  Storytelling in Law,” City University, London, UK, July 20, 2007.

“So You Want to Be an Adjunct Law Professor…,” presented at the Spring Meeting of the Section on Business Law, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C., Mar. 18, 2007.

“Interdisciplinary Opportunities” at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, as part of the Fourth Annual Meeting of Law School Transactional & Small Business Clinic Educators, , Apr. 15, 2005.

“Curriculum: Teaching Materials and Methodology” at University of Pennsylvania Law School, as part of the Third Annual Meeting of Law School Small Business Clinic Educators, sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Apr. 16, 2004.

“Some Points About PowerPoint,” Presenter, AALS Annual Meeting Workshop on Technology and Pedagogy, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 3, 2004.

“Teaching GameBoy-ers: PowerPoint, CALI Lessons, Excel and Developing Synergies With Research,” with Nicholas Georgakopoulos, delivered at the 2003 Annual Conference for Law School Computing at Duke University Law School, June19-21, 2003.

“Starting a Business Law Clinic to Serve Real Clients” at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, as part of the Second Annual Meeting of Law School Small Business Clinic Educators, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, Apr. 25, 2003.

"Improving Editorial Review of CALI Lessons," 2002 Annual Conference for Law School Computing, panelist in discussion of methods to improve the effectiveness of editorial review of computer-based law instruction lessons, held at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL, June 20-22, 2002.

“Using the Exam as a Teaching Tool,” presented at an AALS Conference on New Ideas for Experienced Teachers, Calgary, Alberta (presentation was selected by organizers from thirty-seven proposals submitted by law faculty nationwide), June 12, 2001.

Public Presentations:

“Top Ten Legal Mistakes of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs,” presented at the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, Hyannis, MA, Sept. 10, 2012.

“Meet the Millennials,” presented to Springfield Rotary Club, Springfield, MA, July 28, 2011.

“Saint Patrick, Entrepreneur,” presented to Westfield Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Breakfast, Westfield, MA, Mar. 18, 2011.

“Working with Millennials,” presented as part of Common Ground Transformational-Inclusive Leadership Workshop and Forum, Springfield, MA, March 4, 2011.Presenter, “Top Ten List: Legal Mistakes of Small Businesses,” presented to Westfield (MA) Business Improvement District, Oct. 6, 2010.

Debater, versus Dr. Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute, “Schumpeter’s Theory of the End of Capitalism: Is Obama Destroying Capitalism?” presented by the Federalist Society, Western New England University School of Law, Sept. 16, 2010 (refuting the claim).

Online webinar on “Incorporating Your Business – LLC’s, S Corps, and Everything Else,” at the Scibelli Enterprise Center at Springfield Technical Community College, June 9, 2010.

“Choosing a Legal Entity for a Start-up Company,” workshop presented to Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund clients at Open Square in Holyoke, MA, Oct. 14, 2009.

"Top Ten Legal Mistakes of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs," for high school teachers involved in the YES! (Young Entrepreneurial Scholars) at the Scibelli Enterprose Center, Springfiled, Mass., Mar. 27, 2008.

"Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs," for high scool students in the entrepreneurship course at Wilbraham and Monson Academy, Wilbraham, Mass., Dec. 10, 2007. 

"Legal Consideration in the Sale of a Business," Entrepreneurial Workshop at the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship, Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield, Mass., Sept. 13, 2007. 

“How to Determine Legal Entity,” How-To Entrepreneurship Institute, Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship, Western New England University, Springfield Mass., Oct. 27, 2006.

"Avoiding Business Legal Mistakes," for grade-school students in the Academy Hill School Entrepreneurship Enrichment Cluster, Springfield, Mass., Mar. 27-28, 2007.

“Choosing an Appropriate Business Entity,” Entrepreneurial Workshop at the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship, Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield Mass., Oct. 10, 2006.

“Legal Issues: What You Need to Know to Start and Grow Your Own Business,” Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, Collegiate Entrepreneurship Conference, Springfield, Mass., Oct. 21, 2005.

“Entrepreneurship Education Joint Ventures,” Presenter, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Springfield, Mass., Oct. 13, 2003.

“Introduction to American Business Entities,” Guest Lecturer, Yale English Language Institute, invited to address group of foreign lawyers and LL.M. students about basic US corporate and securities issues, July 14, 2003.

“Representing the Penobscots – An Outsider’s View,” John F. Kennedy School of Government, Panel on Native American Development at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University, Nov. 19, 1998.
 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Legal Practice Experience:

Attorney (6/86 - 6/91)
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, Portland, Maine
Member of the corporate/commercial department of a 60+ attorney law firm with national, regional, and local clients. Practice regularly included advising entrepreneurs on matters of business organization, business planning, and business acquisitions.  Significant work involving securities law, commercial lending, and banking regulatory matters.  Exceptional projects included participating in the representation of: Georgia-Pacific as Maine counsel in its hostile tender offer for Great Northern Nekoosa; American Home Products in its takeover of American Cyanamid; Suffield Financial Corporation against its own Maine banking subsidiary which was attempting to gain independence; and establishing First NH Bank of Maine, a de novo state-chartered bank under Maine's interstate banking law.

Practice Oriented Publications:

Co-Editor, eNewsletter on Director & Officer Liability, ABA Task Force on Director & Officer Liability, Summer 2005 - present.

Privacy Protection: Notices Designed to Fail, W. Mass. L. Trib., Mar. 27 - Apr. 2, 2002, at 15.

Deadlock and the Death Tax: The Estate Tax is Dead; Long Live the Estate Tax, W. Mass. L. Trib., Nov. 1-8, 2000, at 1.

Introduction to Federal and Maine Banking Regulation (1990).

Maine Loan Documentation for the Commercial Lender 1990 (co-author with Rick Lawrence & Blaine Boudreau). 

Practice Oriented Presentations:

“Things Every Business Lawyer Should Know (But Probably Won’t Learn in Law School),” at ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Aug. 3, 2012.

“Innovations in Transactional Law Teaching,” Massachusetts Bar Association, Business Law Section, Mar. 27, 2012.

Panelist, “Business Ownership Forum: Owning a Franchise as a Career Alternative, Investment, or Both,” presented at the Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield, MA, Nov. 16, 2011.

“What Every Business Lawyer Should Know (But Probably Didn’t Learn in Law School),” presentation to law students at University of Northern Kentucky Chase School of Law, Highland Heights, KY, Sept. 15, 2010.

“What Every New Business Lawyer Needs to Know,” at ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, July 31, 2009.“It Is a Small World After All: Cultural Competency and the Business Lawyer,” moderator, Spring Meeting of the Section on Business Law, American Bar Association, Vancouver, BC, Apr. 16, 2009.

“Training Well by Doing Good: Using Pro Bono to Train Business Lawyers,” presented at the Spring Meeting of the Section on Business Law, American Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, Apr. 10, 2008.

“Common Law Contracts and Sales,” Massachusetts District Court Judges’ Annual Conference, Willaimstwon XVI, Williamstown, Mass., June 22, 2006.

“At the Intersection of Knowledge Management and Associate Development: Using Technology to Help Train Business Lawyers,” program chair and moderator, American Bar Association Business Law Section Business Law Education Committee program, Spring Meeting, Tampa, Florida, Apr. 6-9, 2006. 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Plan for Progress (2011-present).
Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative Advising Committee, 2005-present (Member)
Springfield Enterprise Center Advisory Board 2003-present (Board Member)
Gill-Montague Education Fund, Inc. 1994-2001 (Founding Board Member and Secretary)
Town of Gill, Massachusetts, Zoning Board of Appeals 1992-1999 (Secretary)
Town of Gill, Massachusetts, Finance Committee 1992-96 (Secretary)
WNMH Radio, On-air Program Host, Radio Free Northfield (1991-1997)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Member of the Maine and Massachusetts Bars.