Mark Underberg practiced corporate law for 30 years, advising directors and officers in corporate governance and other aspects of corporate law. Until 2012, he was a partner in the New York City law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He has a law degree from Cornell Law School.
Presented by five legal experts with deep knowledge and experience in both academia and the corporate space, this course introduces you to a range of topics that serve as a foundation for dealing with legal matters in business.
You begin with a look at the sources of law, the formation of legal arguments and the growing role of regulatory agencies. The course proceeds with a tour of online legal resources, then moves to various kinds of business structures, along with the circumstances under which you might use each. The course ends with a close look at the legal responsibilities that apply to people holding certain positions in business.
Key Course Takeaways
- Identify the sources of laws and recognize how lawyers construct legal arguments
- Use online resources to find laws and court cases relating to your business
- Recognize the pros and cons of different kinds of business structures
- Identify and embrace the fiduciary duties that the law requires of business leaders
How It Works
Matt Morrison joined the Cornell Law Library in 2003. He holds a J.D. from Mercer University, an M.S.L.S. from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. from Virginia Tech. Matt teaches a course in Business Information for law students that runs both semesters. He has also taught U.S. Legal Research for LL.M. Students, Advanced Legal Research, and the legal research component of the first-year Lawyering course. He has experience in academic law libraries in Kentucky and Georgia, where he is admitted to practice. He is published in the Kentucky Law Journal, the Cornell Law School Digital Repository, and Law Library Journal. He has presented at law library conferences at both the regional and national levels.
After earning her J.D. and B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, Nina Scholtz clerked for the Honorable Lawrence T. Lydick of the United States District Court, Central District of California. She practiced in civil litigation and appeals in Los Angeles for fourteen years before obtaining an M.L.I.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles in June 2011. After teaching legal research at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, she came to Cornell, where she manages the Law Library’s research and instruction programs. Courses taught at Cornell include Administrative Law Research and Practice-Focused Research for LL.M. Students. She also teaches introductory legal research to J.D. and LL.M. students.
Jed Stiglitz is an Associate Professor of Law and the Jia Jonathan Zhu and Ruyin Ruby Ye Sesquicentennial Fellow. His research focuses on administrative law, with an emphasis on the relationship between judicial review and the values of trust and accountability in the administrative state. Professor Stiglitz also studies legislation and other areas of public law.
Professor Stiglitz’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal; University of Pennsylvania Law Review; Cornell Law Review; Southern California Law Review; Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization; Journal of Legal Analysis; Administrative Law Review; Theoretical Inquiries in Law; and the Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics, among other journals. His co-authored book on American elections was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. Professor Stiglitz is co-editor of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Stephen F. Williams of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Charles K. Whitehead specializes in the law relating to corporations, financial markets, and business transactions. After clerking for the Hon. Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland, U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit), Professor Whitehead practiced in the United States, Europe, and Asia as outside counsel and general counsel for several multinational financial institutions. His practice included representation involving IPOs and other exempt and registered securities offerings (from startups to seasoned global issuers), acquisitions and other strategic transactions, derivatives and other complex financial instruments, and loan and other credit transactions.
Before joining Cornell, Professor Whitehead was on the faculty of the Boston University School of Law and he was a research fellow at Columbia Law School. His current scholarship focuses on the financial markets, financial regulation, and corporate governance.