Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement
Jennifer Arlen is the Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and is the founder and co-Director of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. She also is the director of the Center for Law, Economics and Organization. She teaches Business Crime, Corporations, a seminar on Corporate Crime and Financial Misdealing: Legal and Policy Analysis, and the Colloquium on the Economic Analysis of Law. She also has taught Securities Fraud Litigation and Torts.
Professor Arlen's scholarship focuses on corporate liability, experimental economics, and medical malpractice. Professor Arlen has published over 35 articles and book chapters in leading scholarly publications, including the RAND Journal of Economics; Journal of Law, Economics and Organization; Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Law and Economics; the Yale Law Journal; and the New York University Law Review. She has had three articles selected as one of the 10 best articles in corporate and securities law of the year. She has edited two books, including the Research Handbook on the Economic Analysis of Torts (2013). She is currently editing the Research Handbook on Corporate Crime and Financial Misdealing. Her corporate liability scholarship includes theoretical and empirical analysis and focuses on how to structure individual and corporate liability for securities fraud and corporate crime to deter corporate crime.
Professor Arlen is one of the founders of the Society of Empirical Legal Studies (SELS), was its co-President in 2007, and is a member of the Board. She co-organized the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in 2006-2008. She also serve two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association (1991-1993, 2006-09). She edits the Experimental and Empirical Studies series on the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN) and is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Law and Economics Review. She also has chaired the Remedies, Torts, and Law and Economics sections of the Association of American Law Schools.
Professor Arlen earned her BA from Harvard University (magna cum laude in Economics) and earned both a JD (Order of the Coif) and a PhD in Economics from New York University. She also clerked for the Honorable Phyllis Kravitch of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School (fall 2006), Yale Law School (2001-02), California Institute of Technology (winter 2001), and USC Law School (1993-94). She also has taught one week graduate courses abroad including in Corsica, Gerzensee, Milan, and Hamburg. Prior to coming to NYU, she was the Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Law and Business at USC Law School.
Michelle L. Austin
Assistant Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement
Michelle Austin became the inaugural Assistant Director of PCCE in June 2017. Previously, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for PCCE, the NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, and half a dozen other professors. Austin received her B.A. in English Textual Studies with a minor in LGTBQ Studies from Syracuse University (2011, summa cum laude), and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the New School (2014, summa cum laude).
Executive Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement
Serina M. Vash is the Program’s Executive Director. A seasoned former federal prosecutor and litigator, Vash brings with her two decades of practical experience and a passion for tackling the issue of deterring crime. Before joining NYU, Vash served for twelve years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Vash supervised and prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including cases involving securities fraud, money laundering, structuring, organized crime and racketeering, cybercrime, national security, and other financial frauds. In 2010, Vash was named the first-ever Chief of the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Vash also served as Acting Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Senior Litigation Counsel in both the Organized Crime/Gang Unit and the National Security Unit, and a member of the Office’s Trial Mentorship Program.
Prior to becoming an Assistant United States Attorney in 2002, Vash was a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York from 1995 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, Vash served as the first law clerk to the Honorable Faith S. Hochberg of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Vash graduated in 1992 from Duke University and graduated cum laude in 1995 from St. John’s University School of Law, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Vash has lectured throughout the country on criminal investigations, criminal prosecution and crime prevention. She is a member of the Bars of the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and the United States Supreme Court.