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Prof. Pollman appointed as European Corporate Governance Institute research member

January 19, 2021

Professor of Law Elizabeth Pollman was recently appointed by the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) as one of its 50 new research members.

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Professor of Law Elizabeth Pollman was recently appointed by the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) as one of its 50 new research members.

With the prestigious appointment, Pollman becomes eligible to publish her scholarship on corporate governance and stewardship in the ECGI Working Paper Series (Law and Finance), internationally known for its reliable, informed, and interdisciplinary contributions to a wide range of global issues that confront business and governments today.

“ECGI is a unique platform where global scholars from mixed disciplines can publish their work and interact with each other and with experienced practitioners to identify and study the challenges faced by corporations, investors and society,” said University of Texas Professor Laura Starks, chair of the selection committee. “The latest appointments will enrich this platform, while also contributing to ECGI’s ongoing efforts to improve the diversity of its research network. I look forward to seeing the new research members’ contribution to this increasingly important forum.”

Recently appointed ECGI research members hail from all over the globe, including North America, Europe, the U.K., the Middle East, and Asia. Selection is based on the quality of the members’ academic work in the field of corporate governance and stewardship.

At Penn, Pollman is also a Co-Director of the Institute for Law and Economics, a joint research center of the Law School, the Wharton School, and the University’s Department of Economics. She teaches and writes on a wide variety of topics in business law, with a particular focus on corporate governance, purpose, and personhood, as well as startups, entrepreneurship, and law and technology. Pollman’s recent work has examined the distinctive governance of venture-backed startups, director oversight liability, corporate disobedience, companies that have business models aimed at changing the law, the trading of private company stock, corporate privacy, and the history of corporate constitutional rights.

She is an active member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association and has served on the National Business Law Scholars Conference Board and the AALS Business Associations Executive Committee.

Before joining the Law School faculty, Pollman taught at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and was a visiting professor at the University of Sydney and UC Berkeley School of Law. She was previously a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School. She practiced law at Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles and served as a clerk for Judge Raymond C. Fisher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She earned both her BA and JD, with distinction, from Stanford University.