Eric J. Gouvin,
Dean and Professor of Law


Phone: 413-796-2031

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.  He is currently the Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, which he founded.

During his time on the faculty he has taught contracts, business organizations, banking regulation, secured transactions, and other business-related courses, including an innovative course blending practice and theory called the Transactional Lawyering Seminar.  In 2002 he founded the Small Business Clinic at Western New England University School of Law and 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 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.

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 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.   He has written numerous law review articles on a range of topics affecting financial services.

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