Eric J. Gouvin,
Dean and Professor of Law


Phone: 413-782-1413

Office: Deans' Suite

Dean Gouvin has been a member of the Western New England University School of Law faculty since 1991.  He was tenured and promoted to full professor in 1996.  He served as Associate Dean for External Affairs during the 2003-2004 academic year and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2004-2009.  From 2009-2013 he served as Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, which he founded.  In 2013 he was appointed Dean of the School of Law.

During his time on the faculty he has taught contracts, business organizations, business planning, banking regulation, secured transactions, and other business-related courses, including an innovative course blending practice and theory called the Transactional Lawyering Seminar.  He has also taught in the Small Business Clinic, which he founded in the fall of 2002. He has a strong interest in business law beyond our borders as well, having taught in Lithuania and in France, presented lectures in China as a Fulbright Specialist, and delivered papers in England, Belgium, Greece, France, and Canada. 

After several years of running the the Small Business Clinic, Dean Gouvin was the moving force behind the creation of the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship, a collaborative effort with the Western New England University College of Business, which, in turn, became the campus-wide Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Prior to 1991, Dean Gouvin practiced corporate, banking, and commercial law with the firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson in Portland, Maine.  At the firm Dean Gouvin helped to represent a diverse array of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses.

An active member of the American Bar Association, Professor Gouvin has co-chaired the Business Law Education Committee of the Business Law Section and chaired the Adjunct Faculty Committee of the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.  He was a presidential appointee to the ABA Advisory Committee on Substance Abuse.   He has also served on the executive committees of three different sections of the Association of American Law Schools, including as chair of the Section on Transactional Law and Skills.

Dean Gouvin holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and J.D. and LL.M. degrees from the Boston University School of Law. His numerous scholarly writings cover topics as diverse as entrepreneurship policy, corporate law, banking, and international issues. He is a co-author of the treatise Blumberg on Corporate Groups with Phillip Blumberg and Kurt Strasser at the University of Connecticut School of Law and Nicholas Georgakopoulos at the Indiana University (Indianapolis) School of Law.   

To see the profile of Dean Gouvin that appeared in Perspectives, the alumni magazine for the School of Law, click here

To see the faculty profile of then-Professor Gouvin that appeared in Perspectives back when he had more (and darker-colored) hair, click here.



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