Professor Renee Jones
Her scholarship focuses on corporate governance, corporate ethics and the federal-state relationship in corporate regulation. She has written several important articles on corporate federalism. Her article Rethinking Corporate Federalism in the Era of Corporate Reform (Iowa Journal of Corporate Law) was reprinted in Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the top corporate law articles of the year. It was also selected for presentation to the Section on Securities Regulation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in January 2004.
During the 2005-2006 academic year Professor Jones held a fellowship at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, where she examined the relationship between corporate law and the ethics of American corporate leaders. Her article Law, Norms, and the Breakdown of the Board: Promoting Accountability in Corporate Governance (Iowa Law Review) analyzes the influence of social norms on the conduct of corporate officers and directors. The article recommends reforms to the director liability regime to better motivate corporate officials to fulfill their fiduciary duties. Professor Jones presented this article in January 2007 to the Section on Business Associations at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools as part of a distinguished panel discussing recent Delaware court decisions in the landmark Walt Disney Company Derivative Litigation.
Among her many professional and community activities, Professor Jones has served as Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association. She has also served as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the editorial board of Human Rights Magazine, and the New England Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
A.B., Princeton University; J.D., Harvard University.
- “Law, Norms, and the Breakdown of the Board: Promoting Accountability in Corporate Governance,” Iowa Law Review 92 (2006): 105-158.
- “Does Federalism Matter?: Its Perplexing Role in the Corporate Governance Debate,” Wake Forest Law Review 41, no.3 (Fall 2006): 879-912.
- “Dynamic Federalism: Competition, Cooperation, and Securities Enforcement.” Connecticut Insurance Law Journal 11 (Fall 2004): 108-131.
- “Rethinking Corporate Federalism in the Era of Corporate Reform.” Journal of Corporation Law 29 (Spring 2004): 625-663.
- “The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002: A Primer.” Business Torts Journal 10: no.3 (Summer 2003): 1, 19-21.
- Developments in the Law, “Nonprofit Corporations.” (III. Tax Exemption.) Harvard Law Review 105 (May 1992): 1612-1633.
- Recent Cases, “Preemption Doctrine After Cipollone.” Harvard Law Review 106 (Nov.1993): 963-968.