David G. Carlson

David G. CarlsonProfessor of Law
Phone: 212.790.0210
Courses: Debtors' and Creditors' Rights, Distressed Real Estate, Consumer Bankruptcy, Property
Professor Carlson is the author of more than 50 articles on the subjects of debtor-creditor law and legal philosophy.  He was editor-in-chief of the Hastings Law Journal and an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.  His books range from a revision of Gilmore's classic treatise, now titled Gilmore and Carlson on Secured Landing: Claims in Bankruptcy, to two books on Hegel.
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Laura E. Cunningham

Laura E. Cunningham, Professor of Law
Phone: 212.790.0214
Courses: Federal Income Taxation, Partnership Taxation, Trusts & Estates, Estate and Gift Taxation
Professor Cunningham has written on income tax, partnership tax, estate tax, and trusts & estates and is coauthor ofThe Logic of Subchapter K: A Conceptual Guide to the Taxation of Partnerships, now in its fourth edition.
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Mitchell L. Engler

Mitchell L. Engler, Professor of Law
Phone: 212.790.0217
Courses: Corporations, Corporate Taxation, Federal Income Taxation
Professor Engler was an acting assistant professor at New York University School of Law from 997 to 1999 and was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for five years.  He was an editor of the New York University Law Review and the Tax Law Review.  His scholarship focuses on the income tax.
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Elizabeth Goldman

Elizabeth Goldman, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director, Securities Arbitration Clinic
Courses: Securities Arbitration Clinic, Securities Regulations, Pretrial Practice
Professor Goldman spent seven years as senior counsel at the division of enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Northeast regional office in New York, prosecuting federal securities law violations. While at the SEC, she received many awards, including the chairman's Award for Excellence. She began her career as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Clarence C. Newcomer in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before joining Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, where she worked on commercial and securities arbitrations.
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Melanie Leslie

Melanie Leslie, Dean and Professor of Law
Phone: 212.790.0266
Courses: Nonprofit Governance, Evidence, Trusts and Estates, Property
Professor Leslie is coauthor of both a leading trusts and estates casebook and Concepts and Insights in Trusts and Estates (both published by Foundation Press). Her scholarship has focused on wills, trusts, and fiduciary duties in the trust, corporate and nonprofit contexts. Before joining the Cardozo faculty, Professor Leslie clerked for Justice Gary S. Stein of the New Jersey Supreme Court and was a litigation associate at the law firm of McCarter & English.  Professor Leslie graduated magna cum laude from Cardozo, where she was executive editor of the Cardozo Law Review.
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Jeanne Schroeder

Jeanne Schroeder, Professor of Law
Courses: Securities Regulation, Corporate Finance, Payments, Secured Transactions

Professor Schroeder practiced in corporate finance for 12 years as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and a partner at Milgrim Thomajan & Lee. Her scholarly interests range from commercial law doctrine to feminist jurisprudential theory. Recent publications include a much-cited article on Martha Stewart's legal troubles under the securities laws, and two books that develop a feminist theory of law and economics incorporating Hegelian political philosophy and the psychoanalytic theories of Jacques Lacan. 

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Charles Yablon

Charles Yablon, Director Emeritus of The Heyman Center, Professor of Law
Charles Yablon is Director Emeritus of The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance and Professor of Law at Cardozo. He brings to Cardozo experience as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and was clerk to Chief Judge Irving R. Kaufman, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is the author of numerous articles on corporate law, jurisprudence and civil procedure and teaches Corporations, Mergers and Acquisitions and Comparative Corporate Governance at Cardozo. Professor Yablon has taught corporate law at Columbia University, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a BA from Columbia University and a JD from Yale University.
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Michael H. Stone

Michael H. Stone, Director of Compliance at The Heyman Center and Adjunct Professor of Law
Mike Stone is a Senior Fellow of The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo. He formerly was a Managing Director and General Counsel of Morgan Stanley Individual Investment Group (formerly Morgan Stanley Dean Witter) and interim Chief Legal Officer of Morgan Stanley & Co. Prior to joining Dean Witter in April 1982, Professor Stone was Chief Attorney, Branch of Enforcement at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. From 1973 to 1977, Professor Stone served as a law clerk in the Appellate Term of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Mr. Stone is a Past President of the Compliance and Legal Division, Executive Committee of the Securities Industry Association (SIA) and served on the SIA’s Federal Regulation Committee. He presently serves on the Mediation Panel for the Federal District Court in the Eastern District of New York. He is a member of the ABCNY Committee on Professional & Judicial Ethics, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. Previously, he served on the Chicago Board Options Exchange Business Conduct Committee. Professor Stone teaches Ethics for the Business Attorney at Cardozo. Professor Stone holds a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton, JD from Brooklyn Law School and LLM from New York University.
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Andrea M. Corcoran

Andrea M. Corcoran, Heyman Center Senior Fellow
Andrea M. Corcoran is a Senior Fellow of The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York City and a Principal of Align International, LLC, a regulatory consulting firm, specializing in public sector solutions, in Washington, DC. Ms. Corcoran served as the first head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) Office of International Affairs from July 1997 through February 2006. In this position, she represented CFTC at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), where she chaired the Implementation Committee that developed benchmarks for assessing implementation of the Principles and Objectives of Securities Regulation and designed the strategy for the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR)/CFTC Transatlantic Dialogue. She also has served as the Chairman of the Securities Advisory Committee of the Toronto Centre on regulatory leadership. Ms. Corcoran previously was Director of the CFTC's former Division of Trading and Markets (now the Divisions of Market Oversight, Clearing and Intermediary Oversight, and Office of International Affairs), receiving 2 Presidential Executive Rank awards (1988, 1996) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to government service. Among these were the policy responses to the collapse of Barings Bank and the Sumitomo Copper manipulation, known respectively, as the Windsor Accord, the Tokyo Communiqué and the "Boca Declaration," and other cross border initiatives. Ms. Corcoran was CFTC staff representative to the President's Working Group on Financial Markets from 1987 to 1997. She received her BA with honors from Stanford University and an LLB from Harvard Law School where she held a teaching fellowship at Harvard University. From 1999 to present Ms. Corcoran is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Law Center. 

Sophie L'Helias

Sophie L'Helias, Heyman Center Senior Fellow
Sophie L’Helias began her career as an M&A attorney in New York and Paris. She later joined an event-driven hedge fund in New York as Managing Director and founded a strategic corporate governance advisory firm. An expert on governance issues, she co-founded the International Corporate Governance Network (www.ICGN.org), today’s leading global investor-led governance organization.  Sophie recently founded LeaderXXchange™ that brings together institutional investors, business leaders and other market participants to promote diversity on corporate boards worldwide.
Author of the book “Le Retour de l’Actionnaire” (“The Shareholder Comeback”), Sophie frequently publishes articles in Europe, the United States and Canada and is a regular speaker at business and academic forums. An inactive member of the New York and Paris Bars, Sophie holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Laws from the law schools of the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne- Paris I, following law studies at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany.
Sophie L’Helias serves as a director on the board of Kering, a company listed on Euronext Paris in the CAC40 Index and world leader in apparel and accessories that develops an ensemble of powerful brands across Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle (www.kering.com).

Jillian Gautier

Jillian Gautier, Program Director of The Heyman Center
Phone: 212.790.0257
Courses: ITRANS, Contract Drafting