Corporate governance has been much in the news in recent years and lawyers are devoting increasing amount of attention to it. The passage of major federal legislation in 2002 (the Sarbanes-Oxley Act a.k.a. SOX) and 2010 (the Dodd-Frank Act) were particularly important developments, generating much new law and, as a result, much new legal work. Curiously, however, the law school casebook market has largely ignored these trends.

Corporate governance is regulated by many of the same laws covered in the basic Business Associations course, but increasingly is also regulated by laws—such as SOX and Dodd-Frank—that get short shrift in the typical Business Associations casebook and course. In contrast, those laws are the core focus of the text.

In addition to the pertinent laws, the book brings into play sources such as stock exchange listing standards and the rules issued by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and similar quasi-governmental bodies. Importantly, however, lawyers practicing in the corporate governance space must be knowledgeable not only about the law but also best practice. The text therefore makes frequent references to best practice advice drawn from sources such as law firm client memoranda.

The casebook includes a comprehensive set of online multiple-choice questions that assess student understanding.

The author has prepared an interactive teacher’s manual of over 150 pages, with comprehensive guidance to virtually all material in the text. In addition, a comprehensive set of PowerPoint slides is available to casebook adopters.


Imprint: Foundation Press
Series: University Casebook Series
Publication Date: 10/29/2020
Related Subject(s): Corporate Governance

Stephen M. Bainbridge, University of California-L.A. School of Law

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