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Leading Corporate Law Scholar Bernard Black to Move from Stanford to UT Law

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Bernard S. Black

AUSTIN, Texas — Today The University of Texas at Austin School of Law announced that Bernard S. Black has agreed to become the Hayden W. Head Regents Chair for Faculty Excellence in the School of Law. Black currently serves as the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford, where he teaches classes in corporations, corporate finance, and corporate acquisitions. The appointment is subject to formal approval by the UT Central Administration and Regents.

Dean Powers said: "Bernie Black is a wonderful addition to our faculty. He is one of the nation's leading scholars and teachers in corporate law. He is also a nationally recognized leader in empirical research on issues of corporate law and finance. I am excited, and our students are excited, that he will be part of our family."

Professor Black said: "I'm excited to join UT. I believe that UT law school has been steadily improving for some time, has a great dean, a wonderful and highly collegial faculty, and the potential to become one of the top handful of law schools in the country. I'm looking forward to the challenge of assisting in that process."

Black has authored or coauthored four books and over fifty published articles. He is also sought for his legislative and regulatory advice, and has advised on company law reform in Russia, South Korea, Mongolia, Vietnam, and other countries.

Educated at Princeton (BA), Berkeley (MA in Physics), and Stanford (JD), Black has taught at Columbia University (1988-1998) and Stanford (1998-2004). He served as counsel to Commissioner Joseph A. Grundfest of the Securities and Exchange Commission, as an attorney at Skadden Arps in New York, and clerked for Judge Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Black joins a number of UT faculty pursuing business law and empirical studies including Henry T.C. Hu (securities regulation and corporate law), Kate Litvak (venture capital and entrepreneurial finance), Ronald Mann (commercial law and payment systems), Charles Silver (professional responsibility and civil procedure), and Jay Westbrook (bankruptcy).

In the last three years, the University of Texas School of Law has recruited top faculty from the Australian National University, Boston University, George Washington, New York University, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Utah, and York University, Toronto.

Related links:
Recent articles by Professor Black at: http://ssrn.com/author=16042
Recent hire Kate Litvak: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/klitvak/
Recent hire Ronald Mann: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2003/021903_business.html