ERIC J. GOUVIN
Western New England University School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, Mass. 01119
Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, MA
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 institutions to administer joint degree programs.
- 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:
- Supervising the Assistant Deans of Admissions, Career Services, and Development and Alumni Relations.
- Collaborate with Director of Admissions to plan, budget, and execute strategy to achieve admissions goals.
- Collaborate with Director of Career Services to promote graduate placement.
- Collaborate 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.
- 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, MA
Director (9/2009 – 6/2013)
Management Team Member (7/2005 – 6/2013)
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.
- Worked with Advancement Office to make calls on donors and to develop grant proposals, gifts and sponsorships.
- Oversaw the budget for Center activities, including resource center acquisitions, travel, conferences, and programming.
- Coordinated efforts with local service providers to support entrepreneurship without duplicating efforts.
- Managed the Center, support the Small Business Clinic, assist in programming, marketing, and community outreach.
Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, MA
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. Served 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; Tenure (Chair of subcommittee reviewing candidate); Promotion; Professional Development (Chair); Building; Ad Hoc Faculty Retention and Morale (Chair); Dean Search (Chair); Bar Passage; Ad Hoc Strategic Planning (1999, 2004 – five year strategic plans); Orientation; Admissions; Planning and Budget; Faculty Personnel; Academic Standards (Chair); External Affairs; Honor Code; and Library.
University-wide – Faculty Governance Committee; Budget Advisory Committee; New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Accreditation Visit Self-Study; International Programs Coordinating Council; Internationalization Task Force of the University Strategic Plan; Long-Term Planning (team leader); Criminal Statistics Reporting Compliance Committee; Computer Resources Task Force; and Lecture Day Planning Committee. Search Committees: Provost; Vice-President for Information Technology; Joint Law and Business Faculty Appointment (Chair).
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, MA
Lecturer in Law (fall 2012)
Course taught: transactional lawyering seminar (LL.M.)
University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT
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.
KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, MA
M.P.A. with concentration in Industry Analysis and Regulation, Class of 1999.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Boston, MA
LL.M., American Banking Law Studies, Class of 1990 (graduated second in class).
BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, Boston, MA
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
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 and Kurt Strasser, The Law of Corporate Groups: Statutory Law – Specific, Supplements (Aspen Law & Business, 2000, 2001 & 2002).
The Magic of Money and Banking, in Harry Potter and the Law (Franklin D. Snyder, ed., Carolina Academic Press, 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].
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)(invited symposium contribution).
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)](invited symposium contribution).
Wilkes v. Springside Nursing Home, Inc.: The Backstory, 33 W. New Eng. L. REV 581 (2011)(invited symposium contribution).
Interdisciplinary Transactional Courses, 12 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 101 (2010) (co-authored with Robert Statchen, Anthony J. Luppino, and William A. Kell,)(invited symposium contribution).
Upper-Level Courses: Three Exemplars, 12 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 377 (2010) (co-authored with Mark Fagan, Tamar Frankel, and Kathy Z. Heller)(invited symposium contribution).
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)](invited symposium contribution).
Forward: Entrepreneurship in a Flat, Green, Cash-Strapped World, 31 W. New Eng. L. REV 581 (2009)(invited symposium contribution).
Forward: Entrepreneurship, Race, and the Current Environment for Community Economic Development, 30 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 1 (2007)(invited symposium contribution).
Forward: Law, Business and Economic Development -- Current Issues and Age-Old Battles, 29 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 1 (2006)(invited symposium contribution).
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)(invited symposium contribution).
Bank Mergers in North America: Comparing the Approaches in the United States and Canada 18 Transnat’l Law. 245 (2005)(invited symposium contribution).
Bringing Out the Big Guns: The USA PATRIOT Act, Money Laundering, and the War on Terrorism, 55 Baylor L. Rev. 101 (2003).
Financial Holding Company Liability After Gramm-Leach-Bliley, in Financial Modernization After Gramm-Leach-Bliley, 37-63 (Patricia A. McCoy ed., LexisNexis, 2002)(invited symposium contribution).
The Political Economy of Canada’s “Widely Held” Rule for Large Banks, 32 Law & Pol’y Int’l Bus. (Georgetown) 391 (2001).
Rural Low-Income Housing and Massachusetts Chapter 40B: A Perspective from the Zoning Board of Appeals, 23 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 3 (2001)(invited symposium contribution).
Cross-Border Bank Branching Under the NAFTA: Public Choice and the Law of Corporate Groups 13 Conn. J. Int’l L. 257 (1999)(invited symposium contribution).
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).
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)].
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).
Newsletter, ABA Task Force on Director & Officer Liability, 2005 - 2007.
COMPUTER ASSISTED LEGAL INSTRUCTION (CALI) LESSONS
Federal District Court of the District of Massachusetts, Western Division
- Merit Selection Panel for Magistrate Judge Vacancy (2014)
Connecticut Bar Association
- Future of Legal Education and Standards of Admission Task Force (2013-2014)
American Bar Association, Business Law Section
- Business Law Education Committee
- Chair (2007-2010).
- Vice Chair (2004 - 2007)
- Chair, Publications Subcommittee (2004-2008)
- Technology Liaison (2010-present)
- 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 (2008-13).
- 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
- Immediate Past Chair, 2014; Chair 2013; 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
Fulbright Specialist Roster, 2009-present.
American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2007-present.
Professor of the Year, Western New England University School of Law, 2002-2003.
Kennedy Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1998-1999.
“Legal Support of Incubating Businesses: What, When, Who and Where?” at Symposium: Incubators: Function and Future, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, OH, Mar. 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, TX, 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 "Access to Financial Capital,” 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, 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 "Looking Ahead: Political Outcomes and Policy Implications,” at Western New England University School of Law, Oct. 17, 2008.
“Why Comparative Corporate Law Matters,” at “Perspectives on International Law and Comparative Law,” 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 “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?" AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs and Unincorporated Business Associations, program entitled “What Can Theoretical Perspectives Add to Our Understanding of Unincorporated Business Associations?,” AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 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.
Presentations on Legal Pedagogy:
Co-Presenter with Dana Malkus, Usha Rodrigues, and Scott Stevenson, “The Lawyer’s Toolbox: Teaching Students About Risk Allocation,” 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, ON, 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” on panel “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, DC, Mar. 18, 2007.
“Interdisciplinary Opportunities” at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, 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, 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.
Presenter, “Advice to my Younger Self,” at Springfield Sci-Tech Magnet High School in the Junior Achievement Speaker Series, Apr. 7, 2014.
“Top Ten Legal Mistakes of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs,” at the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, Hyannis, MA, Sept. 10, 2012.
“Meet the Millennials,” Springfield Rotary Club, Springfield, MA, July 28, 2011.
“Saint Patrick, Entrepreneur,” Westfield Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Breakfast, Westfield, MA, Mar. 18, 2011.
“Working with Millennials,” presenter at Common Ground Transformational-Inclusive Leadership Workshop and Forum, Springfield, MA, March 4, 2011.
Guest lecturer, “Top Ten Legal Problems of Small Businesses,” presented to Holyoke Community College, Entrepreneurship class and Entrepreneurship Club, Holyoke, MA, November 17, 2010.
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, Springfield, MA, Mar. 27, 2008.
"Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs," for high scool students in the entrepreneurship course at Wilbraham and Monson Academy, Wilbraham, MA, 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, MA, Sept. 13, 2007.
“How to Determine Legal Entity,” How-To Entrepreneurship Institute, Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship, Western New England University, Springfield MA, Oct. 27, 2006.
"Avoiding Business Legal Mistakes," for grade-school students in the Academy Hill School Entrepreneurship Enrichment Cluster, Springfield, MA, Mar. 27-28, 2007.
“Choosing an Appropriate Business Entity,” Entrepreneurial Workshop at the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship, Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield MA, 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, MA, Oct. 21, 2005.
Legal Practice Experience:
Attorney (6/86 - 6/91)
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, Portland, Maine
Member of the corporate/commercial department of Maine’s third largest firm with national, regional, and local clients. Practice regularly included advising entrepreneurs on matters of organization, planning, and acquisitions. Significant work involved 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 Maine banking subsidiary which was attempting to assert its independence;
- First NH Banks, Inc. in establishing First NH Bank of Maine, a de novo state-chartered bank under Maine's interstate banking law; and
- The Penobscot Indian Nation during a period of intense tribal political upheaval.
Practice Oriented Publications:
Co-Editor, eNewsletter on Director & Officer Liability, ABA Task Force on Director & Officer Liability, Summer 2005-07.
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:
Presenter, “Firm Foundations: Managing the Small Firm and the Individual Practitioner,” Western New England University Law Review Symposium, Springfield, MA, Mar. 26, 2014.
“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 ABA Section on Business Law, Vancouver, BC, Apr. 16, 2009.
“Training Well by Doing Good: Using Pro Bono to Train Business Lawyers,” presenter, Spring Meeting, ABA Section on Business Law, Dallas, Texas, Apr. 10, 2008.
“Common Law Contracts and Sales,” Massachusetts District Court Judges’ Annual Conference, Williamstown, MA, June 22, 2006.
“At the Intersection of Knowledge Management and Associate Development: Using Technology to Help Train Business Lawyers,” program chair and moderator, Spring Meeting, ABA Business Law Section, Tampa, FL, Apr. 6-9, 2006.
Community Legal Aid, Board Member (2013-present).
Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. Committee on the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (2013- present).
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Plan for Progress (2011-present).
Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative Advising Committee, (2005-present, Member).
Springfield Enterprise Center Advisory Board (2003-13, Board Member).
Gill-Montague Education Fund, Inc. (1994-2001, Founding Board Member and Secretary).
Town of Gill, Mass., Zoning Board of Appeals (1992-1999, Secretary).
Town of Gill, Mass., Finance Committee (1992-96, Secretary).
WNMH Radio, On-air Program Host, Radio Free Northfield (1991-97).
Member of the Maine and Massachusetts Bars.