Professor of Law
Joel Seligman is President Emeritus and University Professor at the University of Rochester where he served as President from 2005 to 2018.
He also is Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Washington University where he served as Dean and Ethan A.H. Shepley University Professor from 1999 to 2005. He previously had been Dean and Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law at the University of Arizona and a member of law faculties at the University of Michigan, George Washington University, and Northeastern.
His scholarship has largely been in the field of securities regulation. He has co-authored with the late Louis Loss and Troy Paredes, the 11 volume treatise, Securities Regulation and is the author of two histories of financial regulation, The Transformation of Wall Street: A History of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Modern Corporate Finance (3d ed. 2003) and Misalignment: The New Financial Order and the Failure of Financial Regulation (Wolters Kluwer 2020). He also is the author of 20 books and over 40 articles on securities regulation and corporate law. He served on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority from 2007 to 2015 and co-chaired the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council from 2011 to 2016. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- with Louis Loss and Troy Paredes, 1-11 Securities Regulation & 2016 Annual Supplement (4th ed. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business).
- with Louis Loss and Troy Paredes, 1-5 Securities Regulation (5th ed. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business).
- with Louis Loss and Troy Paredes, 1-2 Fundamentals of Securities Regulation (6th ed. 2011) ( earlier one volume Fundamentals co-written with Louis Loss, 3d ed. Aspen Law & Business, 1994, 4th ed. Aspen Law & Business, 2000, & 5th ed. Aspen Publishers, 2004).
- with John Coffee, Securities Regulation (8th ed. Foundation Press, 1998 and 9th ed. 2002).
- with John Coffee and Hillary Sale, Securities Regulation (10th ed. Foundation Press, 2007).
- The New Uniform Securities Act (Aspen Law & Business, 2003).
- Corporations: Cases and Materials (Aspen Law & Business, 1995).
- The SEC and the Future of Finance (Praeger, 1985).
- The Transformation of Wall Street: A History of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Modern Corporate Finance (Houghton Mifflin, 1982 & Rev. ed. Northeastern University Press, 1995 & 3d ed. Aspen Publishing, 2003).
- The High Citadel: The Influence of Harvard Law School (Houghton Mifflin, 1978).
- with Ralph Nader and Mark Green, Constitutionalizing the Corporation: The Case for the Federal Chartering of Giant Corporations. (Report issued January 1976; a revised hardcover version was published in September 1976 by W.W. Norton under the title: Taming the Giant Corporation).
- In Memory of Harvey J. Goldschmid, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev. 249 (2016)
- The New Financial Order: An Essay for Alan Bromberg, 68 SMU L. Rev. 877 (2015)
- Memories of Bill Cary, 2 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 318 (2013).
- Key Implications of the Dodd-Frank Act for the Independent Regulatory Agencies, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1 (2011).
- The SEC in a Time of Discontinuity, 95 Va. L. Rev. 667 (2009).
- In Honor of Harvey Goldschmid, 106 Colum. L. Rev. 1479 (2006).
- Should Investment Companies Be Subject to a New Statutory Self-Regulatory Organization, 83 Wash. U. L.Q. 1115 (2005); 2 ICFAI J. Corp. & Sec. L. 43 (2005).
- A Modest Revolution in Corporate Governance, 80 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1159 (2005).
- Rethinking Private Securities Litigation, 73 U. Cin. L. Rev. 95 (2004).
- Cautious Evolution or Perennial Irresolution: Stock Market Self-Regulation During the First 70 Years of the Securities and Exchange Commission, 59 Bus. Law. 1347 (2004).
- Self-Funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission, 28 Nova. L. Rev. 223 (2004).
- A Comment on Accounting and Auditing, 47 St. Louis U. L. J. 967 (2003).
- The New Uniform Securities Act, 81 Wash U.L.Q. 243 (2003).
- No One Can Serve Two Masters: Corporate and Securities Law after Enron, 80 Wash. U.L.Q. 449 (2002).
- Rethinking Securities Markets: The SEC Advisory Committee on Market Information and the Future of the National Market System, 57 Bus. Law. 637 (2002).
- The Nontrial Adversarial Model, 64 Law & Contemp. Probs. 97 (Spring/Summer 2001).
- The Changing Nature of Federal Regulation, 6 Wash. U.J.L. & Pol’y 205 (2001).
- In Memoriam: Louis Loss, 111 Harvard Law Review 2141 (1998).
- A Mature Synthesis: O’Hagan Resolves “Insider” Trading’s Most Vexing Problems, 23 Del. J. Corp. L. 1 (1998).
- Götterdämmerung for the Securities Act?, 75 Wash. U.L.Q. 887 (1997).
- The Private Securities Reform Act of 1995, 38 Ariz. L. Rev. 717 (1996).
- The Quiet Revolution: Securities Arbitration Confronts the Hard Questions, 33 Hous. L. Rev. 327 (1996).
- The Mandatory Disclosure System and Foreign Firms, 4 Pacific Rim L. & Policy J. 807 (1995).
- The SEC’s Soft Information Revolution, 63 Fordham L. Rev. 1953 (1995).
- Another Unspecial Study: The SEC’s Market 2000 Report and Competitive Developments in the United States Capital Markets, 50 Bus. Law. 485 (1995).
- The Obsolescence of Wall Street: A Contextual Approach to the Evolving Structure of Federal Securities Regulation, 93 Mich. L. Rev. 649 (1995).
- The Merits Do Matter, 108 Harv. L. Rev. 438 (1994).
- The Merits Still Matter, 108 Harv. L. Rev. 749 (1995).
- The Implications of Central Bank, 49 Bus. Law. 1429 (1994).
- The New Corporate Law, 59 Brook. L. Rev. 1 (1993).
- Activity and Affiliations
- Member, The State Bar of California.
- Member, ABA Task Force on Corporate Responsibility (2002).
- Member, Professional Ethics Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2000-2002).
- Member, New York Stock Exchange Legal Advisory Committee (1998-1999).
- Member, The University of Arizona Foundation Board of Directors (1998-1999).
- Member, Arizona State Bar Board of Governors, ex officio member (1995-1999).
- Member, NASAA Task Force on the Future of State and Federal Securities Regulation (1995-1996).
- Member, NASD Legal Advisory Board (1994-1997).
- Member, Advisory Committee, American Law Institute Corporate Governance Project (1980-1992).
- Member, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Upstate New York Regional Advisory Board (2009-2012).
- Governor, NASD Board of Governors (2004-2007).
- Governor, FINRA Board of Governors (2007-2015).
- Member, Eastman Kodak Company Board of Directors (2009-2013).
- Member, COFHE Board (2009-2012).
- Economic Security Solutions Group, AARP (2004-2005).
- Co-chair, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (2011-2016).
- Member, University Research Association Board of Trustees
- Member, National Security Higher Education Advisory Board
- Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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