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Lynn Stout

Distinguished Professor of Corporate & Business Law
Cornell Law School


Lynn Stout is the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law, Clarke Law Institute, at Cornell Law School. Professor Stout is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics, and moral behavior. She is the author of numerous articles and books on these topics and lectures widely. Her most recent books are The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations and the Public (Berrett Koehler Publications, 2012; named 2012 Governance Book of the Year by Directors and Boards Magazine and selected for 2012 Award for High-Impact Publication by the Media Consortium) and Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People (Princeton University Press, 2011).

Professor Stout also serves as an Independent Trustee for the Eaton Vance family of mutual funds; as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Aspen Institute's Business & Society Program; as Executive Advisor to the Brookings Institution Project on Corporate Purpose; as Advisor to the Conference Board's Governance Center; and as a Research Fellow for the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research. She has also served as Principal Investigator for the UCLA-Sloan Foundation Research Program on Business Organizations; as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association; as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Law and Economics; and as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Business Associations. Professor Stout has also taught at Harvard Law School, NYU Law School, Georgetown University Law School, UCLA Law School, and the George Washington University National Law Center, and served as a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. summa cum laude and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a J.D. from the Yale Law School.

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