Eric J. Gouvin
Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Professor of Law
B.A., Cornell University
J.D. , LL.M., Boston University
M.P.A., Harvard University
Transactional Lawyering Seminar
Small Business Legal Clinic
Office: Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Professor Gouvin practiced corporate, commercial, and banking law with a large firm in Portland, Maine. He worked on matters for business clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, closely held concerns. He has been very involved in transactional law education and the promotion of entrepreneurship, having founded the Small Business Clinic at Western New England, serving on the Board of Editors for the Kauffman Foundation’s eLaw website, and being a member of the Board of Advisors for the Scibelli Enterprise Center and for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative. Professor Gouvin is currently Chair of the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills.
His areas of scholarly interest include corporate, banking and entrepreneurship law, often with an international or comparative perspective. He is a coauthor of the treatise Blumberg on Corporate Groups and numerous law review articles on a wide variety of topics. He has also written several lessons on corporate law for the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) library. Professor 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 has previously co-chaired the Business Law Education Committee for the Business Law Section.
In addition to his service at Western New England, Professor 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 in Chongqing China at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law as a Fulbright Specialist.
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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
Eric J. Gouvin, THE LAW OF CORPORATE GROUPS: STATUTORY LAW - SPECIFIC (Aspen Law & Business, annual supps. 2000-2002). SSRN
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, Bank Mergers in North America: Comparing the Approaches in the United States and Canada, ch. 11, in BANK MERGERS: THE GLOBAL SCENARIO (2006).
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, Cross-Border Bank Branching Under the NAFTA: Public Choice and the Law of Corporate Groups, 13 CONN. J. INT'L L. 257 (1999).
Eric J. Gouvin, Shareholder Enforced Market Discipline: How Much is Too Much?, 16 ANN. REV. BANKING LAW 311 (1997).
Eric J. Gouvin, Note, Drunk Driving and the Alcoholic Offender: A New Approach to an Old Problem, 12 AM. J. L. & MED. (1987).
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, 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