About Renee Jones
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.
- Fall 2016: Corporations
- Spring 2017: Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance and Risk
Associate Professor of Law
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Unfit for Duty: The Officer and Director Bar as a Remedy for Fraud University of Cincinnati Law Review (2014)
Many commentators have questioned the efficacy of the SEC’s enforcement program in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Some criticize the agency for allowing corporate defendants to settle charges without admitting or denying liability. ...
Toward a Public Enforcement Model for Directors' Duty of Oversight Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (2012)
This Article proposes a public enforcement model for the fiduciary duties of corporate directors. Under the dominant model of corporate governance, the principal function of the board of directors is to oversee the conduct of ...
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 in the doctrine to events occurring in the national economy and in Washington. It shows that in 2003 Delaware judges ...
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 led many to question the agency’s relevance in the modern financial era. Some commentators have called for the creation of ...
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 States. It draws upon the basic democratic principle that those affected by legal rules should have a voice in determining ...
Law, Norms, and the Breakdown of the Board Iowa Law Review (2006)
This Article considers the dominant claim in corporate law literature that extra-legal mechanisms such as markets and social norms provide adequate safeguards against corporate mismanagement and opportunism. After noting recognized deficiencies in the arguments from ...
Dynamic Federalism: Competition, Cooperation and Securities Enforcement Connecticut Insurance Law Journal (2005)
The concept of competition between the federal government and the states was central to the framers’ vision of our constitutional structure. In the framers’ view, federal-state regulatory competition ensured an alternative regime to citizens dissatisfied ...
Contributions to Books (1)
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 GOVERNANCE - SYNTHESIS OF THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE (Wiley, forthcoming 2010), edited by Ronald Anderson and H. Kent Baker. This ...