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Eric J. Gouvin

Dean and Professor of Law

EDUCATION

B.A., Cornell University
J.D. , LL.M., Boston University
M.P.A., Harvard University

COURSES TAUGHT

Business Organizations
Business Planning
Secured Transactions
Transactional Lawyering Seminar
Small Business Legal Clinic

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: eric.gouvin@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1413
Office: L 140

GENERAL INFORMATION

Eric Gouvin became Dean of the School of Law in 2013. He practiced corporate, commercial, and banking law with a large firm in Portland, Maine. While in practice Dean Gouvin worked on matters for business clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, closely held concerns.

He has long been involved in transactional law education and the promotion of entrepreneurship.  He founded the Small Business Clinic at Western New England and serves on the Board of Editors for the Kauffman Foundation’s eLaw website.  He was a longtime member of the Board of Advisors for the Scibelli Enterprise Center, and currently serves on the entrepreneurial ecosytem committee of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, and on the board of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. Dean Gouvin is the Immediate Past Chair of the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills.

His primary area of scholarly interest is corporate and entrepreneurship law.  He is a coauthor of the treatise Blumberg on Corporate Groups and numerous law review articles on a wide variety of topics, often with an international or comparative perspective. He has also written several lessons on corporate law for the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) library. Dean Gouvin is an active member of the American Bar Association, where he has chaired the Adjunct Faculty Committee for the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and the Business Law Education Committee for the Business Law Section.

In addition to his service at Western New England, Dean Gouvin has also taught a course in comparative corporate law several times as a Visiting Professor at the Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense and at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania.  In the spring of 2012 he delivered a series of lectures about comparative corporate law in Chongqing China at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law as a Fulbright Specialist.

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CURRICULUM VITAE

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PUBLICATIONS

Books

ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, Committee on Adjunct Faculty, BEST PRACTICES REPORT ON THE USE OF ADJUNCT FACULTY (Eric J. Gouvin ed. and contributor 2011). SSRN Digital Commons

PHILLIP I. BLUMBERG, KURT A. STRASSER, NICHOLAS L. GEORGAKOPOULOS & ERIC J. GOUVIN, LAW OF CORPORATE GROUPS: JURISDICTION PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE (2007). SSRN Digital Commons

PHILLIP BLUMBERG, KURT A. STRASSER, NICHOLAS L. GEORGAKOPOULOS, & ERIC J. GOUVIN, BLUMBERG ON CORPORATE GROUPS (2d ed. 2005). SSRN Digital Commons

ERIC J. GOUVIN, THE LAW OF CORPORATE GROUPS: STATUTORY LAW - SPECIFIC (Aspen Law & Business, annual supps. 2000-2002). SSRN

Book Chapters

Eric J. Gouvin, 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, 27 (Megan M. Carpenter, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012).

Eric J. Gouvin, On Death and Magic: Law, Necromancy, and the Great Beyond, in LAW AND MAGIC: A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS (Christine A. Corcos, ed., 2010). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, The Magic of Money and Banking, in THE LAW AND HARRY POTTER (Jeffrey E. Thomas and Franklin G. Snyder, eds., 2010). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Bank Mergers in North America: Comparing the Approaches in the United States and Canada, ch. 11, in BANK MERGERS: THE GLOBAL SCENARIO (Jayshree Bose, ed., 2006).

Eric J. Gouvin, Financial Holding Company Liability After Gramm-Leach-Bliley, in FINANCIAL MODERNIZATION AFTER GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY 37-63 (Patricia A. McCoy ed., 2002). SSRN Digital Commons

Journal Articles

Dana Malkus, Scott Stevenson, Eric J. Gouvin & Usha Rodrigues, The Lawyer's Toolbox: Teaching Students about Risk Allocation, 14 TRANSACTIONS 319 (2013). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Wilkes v. Springside Nursing Home, Inc.: The Backstory, 33 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 269 (2011). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Teaching Business Lawyering in Law Schools: A Candid Assessment of the Challenges and Some Suggestions for Moving Ahead, 78 UMKC L. REV. 429 (2009). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Are There Any Checks and Balances on the Government's Power to Check Our Balances? The Fate of Financial Privacy in the War on Terror, 14 TEMP. POL. & CIV. RTS. L. REV. 517 (2005). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Bank Mergers in North America: Comparing the Approaches in the United States and Canada, 18 TRANSNAT'L LAW. 245 (2005). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Learning Business Law by Doing It: Real Transactions in Law School Clinics, BUSINESS LAW TODAY, Sept.-Oct. 2004, at 53. SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Radical Tax Reform, Municipal Finance, and the Conservative Agenda, 56 RUTG. L. REV. 409 (2004). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Bringing Out the Big Guns: The USA PATRIOT Act, Money Laundering, and the War on Terrorism, 55 BAYLOR L. REV. 955 (2003). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, The Political Economy of Canada's "Widely Held" Rule for Large Banks, 32 LAW & POL'Y INT'L BUS. 391 (2001). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Rural Low-Income Housing and Massachusetts Chapter 40B: A Perspective from the Zoning Board of Appeals, 23 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 3 (2001). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Cross-Border Bank Branching Under the NAFTA: Public Choice and the Law of Corporate Groups, 13 CONN. J. INT'L L. 257 (1999). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Of Hungry Wolves and Horizontal Conflicts: Rethinking the Justifications for Bank Holding Company Liability, 1999 U. ILL. L. REV. 949 (1999). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Banking in North America: The Triumph of Public Choice Over Public Policy, 32 CORNELL INT'L L.J. 1 (1998). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Shareholder Enforced Market Discipline: How Much is Too Much?, 16 ANN. REV. BANKING LAW 311 (1997). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Resolving the Subsidiary Director's Dilemma, 47 HASTINGS L.J. 287 (1996). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, A Square Peg in a Vicious Circle: Stephen Breyer's Optimistic Prescription for the Regulatory Mess, 32 HARV. J. ON LEGIS. 473 (1995). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Truth in Savings and the Failure of Legislative Methodology, 62 U. CIN. L. REV. 1281 (1994). SSRN Digital Commons

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

Conference Proceedings

Eric J. Gouvin, Robert Statchen, Anthony J. Luppino, & William A. Kell, Interdisciplinary Transactional Courses, 12 TRANSACTIONS 101 (2011). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, The Document Package Exam, in TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING LAW 2 299-301 (Gerald F. Hess et. al. eds., 2011). Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Mark Fagan, Tamar Frankel, & Kathy Z. Heller, Upper-Level Courses: Three Exemplars, 12 TRANSACTIONS 377 (2011). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Foreword: Entrepreneurship in a Flat, Green, Cash-Strapped World, 31 WESTERN NEW ENGLAND L. REV 581 (2009). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Symposium: Current Issues in Community Economic Development: Foreword: Entrepreneurship, Race, and the Current Environment for Community Economic Development, 30 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 1 (2007). SSRN Digital Commons

Eric J. Gouvin, Foreword: Law, Business, and Economic Development - Current Issues and Age-Old Battles, 29 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 1 (2006). SSRN Digital Commons