Robert Suggs

Professor Emeritus of Law

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  • BA, 1968, University of Michigan
  • JD, 1973, Harvard University

Professor Suggs joined the faculty in 1991, after practicing law in New York City as Associate General Counsel of a Fortune 500 firm and working as a senior policy analyst for a Washington, D.C., think tank. Professor Suggs previously taught law at Arizona State University and as a visiting professor at Georgetown.

He is the author of Minorities and Privatization: Economic Mobility at Risk (1989) and articles on corporate anti-takeover statutes, economic development, and the effects of racial status on market transactions. Professor Suggs has served as chair of the mayor's Minority Business Enterprise/Women's Business Enterprise Advisory Committee.

He currently teaches Copyright, a Copyright Seminar, Business Associations, and Not for Profit Corporations.


Minorities and Privatization: Economic Mobility at Risk (1989).

Book Chapters

A Dialogue in Search of Meaning, in Painting: New York – Africa (Noah Jemisin ed., 1993).


A Functional Approach to Copyright Policy, 83 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1293 (2015). Abstract

Poisoning the Well: Law & Economics and Racial Inequality, 57 Hastings Law Journal 255 (2005). Abstract

Multi-Community Membership, Free Riders, and Effective Governance, 1 Loyola Public Interest Law Reporter 13 (1996). Abstract

Bringing Small Business Development to Urban Neighborhoods, 30 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 487 (1995). Abstract

Business Combination Antitakeover Statutes: The Unintended Repudiation of the Internal Affairs Doctrine and Constitutional Constraints on Choice of Law, 56 Ohio State Law Journal 1097 (1995). Abstract

Racial Discrimination in Business Transactions, 42 Hastings Law Journal 1257 (1991). Abstract

Rethinking Minority Business Development Strategies, 25 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 101 (1990). Abstract