Professor Renee Jones teaches and writes in the areas of corporate and securities
law. Her courses at BC Law include Corporations, Securities Regulation, Corporate
Governance and a Financial Regulation Seminar. She received her AB from Princeton
University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her J.D. (cum
laude) from Harvard Law School. In 2005-2006, she was the Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow
in Ethics at Harvard University’s Edmund J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. Professor
Jones is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar
Foundation. She has also served as the Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee of the
Boston Bar Association. She received the Faculty Award for Inspirational Achievement from
the Boston College Law Business & Law Society in 2010. 

Professor Jones’s scholarship focuses on corporate governance and the federal-state
relationship in corporate regulation. She also writes about the impact of enforcement
practices on corporate ethics and integrity. Her most recent article, Toward a Public
Enforcement Model for Directors’ Oversight Duties (with Michelle Welsh) (Vanderbilt
Journal of Transnational Law) draws lessons from the Australian model of corporate law
enforcement. It recommends implementation of a system of public enforcement for fiduciary
duties of corporate directors in the United States. Professor Jones has also written
several articles on corporate federalism. Her article "Rethinking Corporate
Federalism in the Era of Corporate Reform" (Iowa Journal of Corporate Law) was
reprinted in Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the top corporate law articles of
the year. Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on corporate law, securities law and
the recent financial crisis. She has appeared at conferences at law schools across the
country to address corporate and securities law issues. Professor Jones has been selected
to present her work at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools in
2004, 2007 and 2010. 

Among her many professional and community activities, Professor Jones has served as
Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association. She has also
served as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the editorial
board of Human Rights Magazine, and the New England Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense
Fund. 

Before joining BC Law in 2002, Professor Jones practiced for eight years at the Boston
law firm Hill & Barlow where she represented private and public companies on
corporate and securities matters. 

Articles

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Toward a Public Enforcement Model for Directors' Duty of Oversight (with Michelle Anne Welsh), Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (2012)

This Article proposes a public enforcement model for the fiduciary duties of corporate directors. Under...

 

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The Role of Good Faith in Delaware: How Open-Ended Standards Help Delaware Preserve Its Edge, New York Law School Law Review (2011)

This Article traces the development of the good faith doctrine in Delaware and links shifts...

 

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Back to Basics: Why Financial Regulatory Overhaul is Overrated, Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal (2010)
 

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Will the SEC Survive Financial Regulatory Reform?, University of Pittsburgh Law Review (2010)

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) conspicuous failures during the financial crisis of 2008 have...

 

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Legitimacy and Corporate Law: The Case for Regulatory Redundancy, Washington University Law Review (2009)

This article provides a democratic assessment of the corporate law making structure in the United...

 

Contributions to Books

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Corporate Governance and Accountability, Corporate Governance - Synthesis of Theory, Research, and Practice (2010)

This book chapter on Corporate Governance and Accountability is a contribution to the book CORPORATE...

 

Selected Professional Activities

Risk Personality and Fraud, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting (2013)
 
Utilizing the Director Bar to Enhance Director Accountability, University of Cincinnati College of Law Symposium on Government Enforcement of the Securities Laws (2013)
 
The Moderator, The Black Legal Experience in Boston: Challenges and Inspirations, Boston College Law School Black Law Students Association (2013)
 
Rethinking Risk, Boston College Law School Faculty Colloquium (2012)
 
Corporate Law Discussion Group on the Dodd-Frank Act, Southeast Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting (2011)