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Lee Harris
Teaching Interests: Business Organizations, Contracts, Corporations, Law and Economics, Social Welfare Policy

Education: B.A., Morehouse College, 2000; Visiting Student, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1998-1999, J.D., Yale Law School, 2003.

Experience: 2009-present, Associate Professor of Law, Cecil C. Humphreys school of Law; 2005-2009, Assistant Professor of Law, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law; 2003-2005, Associate, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz; Coker Fellow, Yale Law School, 2002-2003.

Admitted: Tennessee (inactive)

Achievements/Publications:  Lee Harris has been a member of the Memphis faculty since 2005. He teaches Contracts, Corporations, and Mergers & Acquisitions.  He writes about the various ways investors influence the firm. His work has been selected for presentation at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum and featured in prominent media outlets, like The Economist magazine. In addition to his appointment at Memphis, Harris has held visiting appointments at the George Washington School of Law in Washington DC and the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France. Prior to coming to Memphis, Professor Harris worked at Baker Donelson, a large corporate law firm. He has also held teaching fellowships in the Economics Department at Yale University and at Yale Law School. Professor Harris graduated from Yale Law School and Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He has also been a visiting student at the London School of Economics.

Curriculum Vitae


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Selected Articles

  1. Corporate Elections and Tactical Settlements, 39 J. CORP. L. 221 (2014)
  2. CEO Retention, 24 FLA. L. REV. 1753 (2013)
  3.  The Politics of Shareholder Voting, 86 NYU L. REV. 1761 (2011)
  4. Shareholder Campaign Funds: A Campaign subsidy Scheme for Corporate Elections, 58 UCLA L. REV. 167 (2010)
  5. Missing in Activism:  Retail Investor Absence in Corporate Elections, 2010 COLUM. BUS. L. REV. 101 (2010), discussed in The Economist.
  6. A Critical Theory of Private Equity, 35 DEL. J. CORP. L. 259 (2010), reprinted in 2 FINANCIAL FRAUD L. REPORT 262 (March 2010)
  7. Tort Reform as Carrot-and-Stick, 46 HARVARD J. LEGIS 163 (2009), reprinted in  A. POPPER, TORT REFORM: ESSAYS, CASES & MATERIALS (2010) and selected for 2007 Yale-Stanford Junior Faculty Forum

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