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Academic Fellows

Cathy Hwang

Cathy Hwang, Academic Fellow

Cathy Hwang joined the Rock Center as an academic fellow in January 2014.  Her research interests include corporate governance, corporate transaction innovations, and tax-sheltered transactions.

Hwang received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was Managing Editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law, and her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. Before joining Stanford Law School, Hwang practiced in the mergers and acquisitions group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York. She also represented clients pro bono in a variety of matters, including not-for-profit incorporation, state and federal tax exemption, and corporate governance matters, and was twice awarded the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award. While in law school, Hwang was an extern to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ruth Levine

Ruth Levine, Academic Fellow

Ruth Levine is an Academic Fellow at Stanford Law School, jointly supported by the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics. She graduated from Stanford with a joint JD and MA in Economics in June, 2014. Her research focuses on the tax and regulatory treatment of social impact investing. Since working in the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel’s Office during the summer of 2013, Ruth has been researching and drafting regulatory comments regarding Program Related Investments (PRIs); this research focused in part on PRIs in clean energy.

Ruth has also worked with GiveWell, an organization which, in coordination with a new foundation called Good Ventures, finds and shares philanthropic opportunities aimed at doing as much good as possible. Before law school, she was a Research Assistant in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. She holds a BA with Honors in Economics from Stanford University.

 Jacob Hale Russell

Jacob Hale Russell, Academic Fellow

Jacob Hale Russell joined the Rock Center as an academic fellow in September 2013.  His research areas include financial crises and regulation of the financial services industry; how regulatory agencies and self-regulatory organizations respond to financial innovation; corporate governance of financial institutions; and mutual funds and institutional investors.Russell received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, his master’s degree in political science from M.I.T., and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard. Prior to law school, he was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York. Before returning to Stanford as a fellow, he was an associate in the financial services practice at Goodwin Procter in Boston.

Andrea Polo, Non-Resident Academic Fellow

Andrea Polo joined the Rock Center for Corporate Governance as a Research Fellow in April 2013. His research interests are in corporate finance, corporate governance and law & finance.Andrea holds an MPhil in Finance from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil in Financial Economics from the University of Oxford. During his doctorate, He spent a semester at Columbia University as a Visiting Fellow. He has been a Research Fellow on the Finance Programme of the Oxford Institute for Global Economic Development (OxIGED) and he is now an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Rebecca Tabb, Past Academic Fellow 2012-2013

Rebecca Tabb joined the Rock Center for Corporate Governance as an Academic Fellow in February 2012.  Her research interests include capital markets regulation, derivatives and the role of the media in financial regulation.Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Ms. Tabb was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where her practice focused on capital markets transactions and corporate governance matters. She received a J.D. degree, Order of the Coif, from Stanford Law School in 2009, where she also was named the Nathan Abbott Scholar for graduating first in her law school class.  Ms. Tabb received a master’s degree in Economics, with distinction, from University College London in 2006, and received an undergraduate degree, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University in 2004, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Peter Conti-Brown, Non-Resident Academic Fellow

Peter Conti–Brown joined the Rock Center as an academic fellow in 2010, and became a non-resident academic fellow in 2011.  He writes in the areas of banking, bankruptcy, corporate, and administrative law, with a focus on the law, economics, and history of banking and bank regulation, financial and fiscal crises, and central banking.Conti-Brown’s articles have appeared in the Stanford,  UCLA, and Washington University Law Reviews, among other journals.  He is also the editor, with David Skeel, of the book When States Go Broke: Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis, published by  Cambridge University Press.  He has been quoted in print and online articles published by ReutersThe EconomistThe New York Times, and US News and World Report.Conti-Brown graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Stanford Law School, and clerked for the Hon. Gerard E. Lynch on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He will be a PhD candidate in history at Princeton University beginning in 2013, where he plans to focus on economic and financial history and write a dissertation  on the financial, intellectual, and political origins of the Federal Reserve System.

Elizabeth Pollman, Past Academic Fellow 2011-2012

Elizabeth Pollman was a fellow at the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance in 2011-2012, and a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School from 2009-2011.  In 2012, Ms. Pollman joined the law faculty at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where she currently teaches business law courses.  Her research focuses on the entity status and constitutional rights of corporations, as well as on law and entrepreneurship, and her work has appeared in journals including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Utah Law Review, and Yale Law Journal Online.She previously practiced as a transactional lawyer and business litigator at Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.  She graduated, with distinction, from Stanford University and Stanford Law School (order of the coif), and clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bernie Burk, Past Academic Fellow 2010-2011

Bernie Burk was a Rock fellow in 2010-11, while remaining of counsel to the law firm where he had been an associate and a shareholder for the prior 25 years, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, A Professional Corporation (now Arnold & Porter LLP) in San Francisco. His practice focused on advising and defending lawyers and law firms, and he also represented clients in trial and appellate courts in commercial, media law, intellectual property and constitutional litigation.  Mr. Burk joined the law faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, where his scholarship focuses on Professional Responsibility, the empirical study of the Legal Profession, and Legal Education. He is a regular guest blogger on The Faculty Lounge (www.thefacultylounge.org).He graduated from Yale College (1980, summa cum laude) and Stanford Law School (1983, first in his class), and served as a Notes Editor on the Stanford Law Review. He was a Law Clerk to the Hon. William W. Schwarzer in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Fellows

Dan Cooperman

Dan Cooperman is a veteran General Counsel, having served in that role for Apple Inc. (2007-2009) and Oracle Corporation (1997-2007).  Since stepping down from Apple in November 2009, Dan has been engaged in a variety of activities that utilize his combined business and legal expertise.  Dan speaks regularly on corporate governance issues and topics related to in-house practice.  Since March 2010, he has been Of Counsel at the law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP, working in the Palo Alto office.  He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the venture capital firm Institutional Venture Partners, an active angel investor and serves as a consultant and board member of various private technology companies. He teaches a popular new course that he developed at Stanford’s law and business schools, entitled “The Role of the Modern General Counsel.”Dan is a strategic adviser to Institutional Venture Partners; a member of the advisory board of Best Lawyers and the editorial advisory board of California Lawyer magazine; and serves on the Advisory Council for the Law, Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. He is a past president of the Association of General Counsel and has served on the board of several trade associations in the software industry.Dan serves on the Executive Committee of the Board and as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, the nation’s fifth largest food bank.Prior to becoming Oracle’s General Counsel, Dan was chair of the Business and Transactions Group and managing partner of the San Jose office of McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen, which combined in 2002 with Bingham Dana to create Bingham McCutchen LLP.Dan received his both his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School and his M.B.A. degree from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1976, and received his A.B. degree, summa cum laude with highest distinction in economics, from Dartmouth College in 1972.

Vivek Wadhwa

Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University; Fellow, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, and Exec in Residence, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University; Visiting Scholar, School of Information, UC-Berkeley ; and Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School.  He helps students prepare for the real world; lectures in class; and leads groundbreaking research projects.  He is also an advisor to several startup companies, a columnist for The Washington Post and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and writes occasionally for several international publications.  Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.
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