Past Academic Fellows

Peter Conti-Brown

Past Fellows - Peter Conti-Brown

Peter Conti-Brown is an assistant professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He studies central banking, financial regulation, and public finance, with a particular focus on the law, history, politics, and economics of central banking at the US Federal Reserve. He is author of the book The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. His articles have appeared in the Yale Journal on Regulation and 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, and editor, with Rosa Lastra, of the Research Handbook on Central Banking, under contract with Edward Elgar Publishing. He has been quoted in print and online articles published by The Atlantic, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others, and has appeared on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, and CBS Radio. He has also testified before the US Senate Banking Committee on reforming the Federal Reserve. He is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Conti-Brown is married and the father of two children.

Bernard Burk

Past Fellows - Bernie Burk

Bernard “Bernie” Burk teaches Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, and Professional Responsibility at Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. He speaks and writes about legal ethics, the legal profession, and legal education, and is a regular blogger on The Faculty Lounge.

Burk is visiting at Campbell Law during the 2015-16 academic year after four years at the University of North Carolina, a year at Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, and over 25 years in private practice in San Francisco at what is now Arnold & Porter LLP. He represented and advised international, national and local lawyers and law firms in ethics counseling and professional liability defense, as well as publishers, producers, authors, entertainers, and technology companies in a wide range of commercial, intellectual property, and First Amendment matters.

Burk attended Yale College (B.A. in English, summa cum laude) and Stanford Law School, where he graduated first in his class and was a Note Editor on the Stanford Law Review. He clerked for the Hon. William W. Schwarzer in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Cathy Hwang

Cathy Hwang

Cathy Hwang is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law and a non-resident fellow at the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance. Professor Hwang’s research centers on business law, including mergers and acquisitions, deal structuring, and deal contracting. Her most recent article, Deal Momentum, forthcoming in UCLA Law Review, was selected for inclusion in the 2017 Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum. Other recent works include Unbundled Bargains: Multi-agreement Contracting in Complex Mergers and Acquisitions, published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and The Value of Uncertainty, published in the Northwestern University Law Review (reprinted from the Northwestern University Law Review Online).

Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Professor Hwang was the resident academic fellow at the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, a joint initiative of Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the legal academy, Professor Hwang practiced as a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York.

Professor Hwang received her undergraduate degree in economics and international relations from Pomona College, and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was managing editor of the Chicago Journal of International Law. She teaches Business Organizations and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Ruth Levine

Past Fellows - Ruth Levine

Ruth is working with the City and County of San Francisco on developing a Social Impact Bond around outcomes for public housing residents in the HOPE SF initiative. Before joining the SIB Lab, Ruth was a research fellow at Stanford Law School, focusing on the strategy and regulation of impact investing by foundations. Previously, Ruth has worked with the Open Philanthropy Project, developing strategies for philanthropic engagement in domestic policy issues. She has also worked in the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel’s Office, and as a Research Assistant in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. She holds a JD and an MA in Economics from Stanford University, as well as a BA with Honors in Economics from Stanford.

Elizabeth Pollman

Past Fellows - Elizabeth Pollman

Elizabeth Pollman is an associate professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She teaches business law courses and her research focuses on corporate personhood, the constitutional rights of corporations, as well as on private company issues and entrepreneurship. She was the 2014 recipient of the ESBA Excellence in Teaching Award.

Before joining the Loyola faculty, Pollman was an academic fellow at the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, and a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. She previously practiced as a transactional lawyer and business litigator at Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. She clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Andrea Polo

Past Fellows - Andrea Polo

Andrea Polo is an assistant professor of finance at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and an affiliated professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

Polo is an AXA Research Fellow, a member of the Barcelona Center of Banking Studies and a CEPR Network Fellow for RELTIF. His research interests are in corporate finance, corporate governance and banking.

Polo received his PhD from Oxford University and is a graduate of Saïd Business School.

Jacob Hale Russell

Past Fellows

Jacob Hale Russell is assistant professor at Rutgers Law School-Camden. His research focuses on financial regulation, consumer protection, and corporate governance. His scholarship includes work on the application of behavioral law and economics to consumer protection and financial regulation; regulation of the retirement industry and pension plans; the governance of mutual funds and institutional investors; and the relationship between regulation and financial crises. Recent work has also focused on the role of corporate boards and directors in cybersecurity.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Jacob was lecturer in law and teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, where he oversaw all aspects of advising, teaching, and admissions for the LLM Program in Corporate Governance and Practice. He is responsible for all aspects of the corporate governance LLM program, including student advising and teaching. At Stanford, he taught the Corporate Governance Colloquium, a seminar on the economic analysis of corporate law, and Contracts: American Law to advanced degree students. Previously, Jacob was an academic fellow at Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance.

Jacob 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 in 2013, he was an associate in the financial services practice at Goodwin Procter in Boston. He has also consulted on legal and business topics to start-ups in the media and technology industry.

Rebecca Tabb

Past Fellows - Rebecca Tabb

Rebecca Tabb is an associate at Cleary Gottlieb based in the New York office.

Ms. Tabb’s practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions.

Ms. Tabb joined the firm in 2009. 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 also 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.