Visiting Assistant Professor of LawE-mail:
Bernard Sharfman is an associate fellow of the R Street Institute, a member of the Journal of Corporation Law’s editorial advisory board and a former Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law (Spring 2013 and 2014). He has also been an adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School and American University’s Washington College of Law and an adjunct Professor of Business Law at the George Washington University School of Business and the George Mason University School of Business.
Mr. Sharfman has written extensively on corporate governance. His writings can be found on SSRN, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2986164. His most recent writings have included: A Private Ordering Defense of a Company's Right to Use Dual Class Share Structures in IPOs (available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2986164); The Importance of the Business Judgment Rule (The NYU Journal of Law & Business 2018); What Shareholder Proposals on Proxy Access Tell Us about Its Value (Yale Journal on Regulation Online 2016); What Theory and the Empirical Evidence Tell Us About Proxy Access (Journal of Law, Economics and Policy 2017); Shareholder Activism as a Corrective Mechanism in Corporate Governance (with Paul Rose, Brigham Young University Law Review 2015); Activist Hedge Funds in a World of Board Independence: Creators or Destroyers of Long-Term Value? (Columbia Business Law Review 2016); A Theory of Shareholder Activism as its Place in Corporate Law (Tennessee Law Review 2016); and Shareholder Wealth Maximization and its Implementation under Corporate Law (Florida Law Review 2014).
Mr. Sharfman’s blog posts can be found on the R Street Institute’s Word on the Street, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, the Columbia Law School’s Blue Sky Blog and the Oxford Business Law Blog. Finally, Mr. Sharfman was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Journal of Corporation Law’s 2012 spring banquet.
Mr. Sharfman is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2000) where he was an Executive Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and the recipient of the journal’s Saint Thomas More Award.
A Private Ordering Defense of a Company's Right to Use Dual Class Share Structures in IPOs, Villanova Law Review (forthcoming 2018). [Full Text]
The Importance of the Business Judgment Rule, 14 NYU Journal of Law & Business 27 (2017). [Full Text]