Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

Southwestern Names New Associate Dean for Research; Professor Michael B. Dorff Will Work to Further Cultivate Faculty Scholarship June 10, 2006
Southwestern Names New Associate Dean for Research; Professor Michael B. Dorff Will Work to Further Cultivate Faculty Scholarship

Southwestern has named Professor Michael B. Dorff as Associate Dean for Research. This new position will entail many responsibilities that aim to support and develop the faculty's scholarly research and publications.

A tenured member of Southwestern's full-time faculty, Professor Dorff has taught courses in business associations, contracts, and corporate mergers and acquisitions since he arrived in 2003. In his new administrative role, he will also coordinate the guest speaker series of faculty from around the country, serve as point person for junior faculty concerns about scholarship, advise and help facilitate submissions to scholarly journals and book publishers, and organize educational opportunities for faculty to learn about the scholarship process and help develop proposals for grant and fellowship opportunities, among other efforts.

Professor Dorff graduated from Harvard College (A.B. 1992) and Harvard Law School (J.D. magna cum laude, 1996), and began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He entered private practice in 1997 as a litigation associate primarily handling contract disputes first for the firm of Gibbs & Bruns in Houston, and later at Friedman, Kaplan & Seiler in New York.

While he enjoyed practicing law, Professor Dorff had his sights set on teaching, and in 2000, joined the full-time faculty of Rutgers University School of Law-Camden where he taught contracts, business organizations and securities regulation.

Professor Dorff's own publications have focused on a variety of issues in corporate law including policy distinction between tort and contract claims, corporate successor liability and non-compete agreements, and the philosophical and moral underpinnings of welfare economics. His recent writings include: "Does One Hand Wash the Other? Testing the Managerial Power and Optimal Contracting Theories of Executive Compensation," 30 JOURNAL OF CORPORATION LAW 255 (2005); "Softening Pharaoh's Heart: Harnessing Altruistic Theory and Behavioral Law and Economics to Rein in Executive Salaries," 51 BUFFALO LAW REVIEW 811 (2003); and "Why Welfare Depends on Fairness: A Reply to Kaplow and Shavell," 75 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW REVIEW 847 (2002).

According to Southwestern's Dean Bryant G. Garth, this new Associate Dean for Research appointment will help to enhance efforts that Professor Dorff and the Faculty Development Committee recently initiated to further support and expand the scope of faculty scholarship at Southwestern.