This year’s “Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles” list from the Corporate Practice Commentator includes an article co-authored by Marcel Kahan, George T. Lowy Professor of Law, and Edward Rock, who is currently in residence at NYU Law and joins the permanent faculty this summer. The annual poll tabulates the top selections by teachers of corporate and securities law from a pool of more than 540 articles published in 2015.

Edward RockMarcel KahanOver the 22-year history of the lists, 19 of Kahan’s articles and 13 of Rock’s articles have been recognized by their peers, putting Kahan and Rock in first and second places, respectively, among all the authors selected since the poll began in 1994. Stephen Choi, Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor of Law, has been recognized 13 times as well, putting him in second place along with Rock.

Kahan and Rock’s article on the newest list, “Symbolic Corporate Governance Politics,” published in the Boston University Law Review, asks why corporate governance reform is so vigorously fought over when, often, “the stakes hardly seem to justify the intensity of the contest.” The co-authors suggest that both corporate governance politics and general politics involve “a persistent gap between rhetoric and reality,” with movements for reform serving “a ‘mythological’ or ‘symbolic’ function.” This is the ninth of Kahan and Rock’s collaborations to be honored by the Corporate Practice Commentator.

In addition to Kahan, Rock, and Choi, Jennifer Arlen ’86, Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law, has had three articles included in the annual lists. William Allen, Nusbaum Professor of Law and Business; Professor Ryan Bubb; and Geoffrey Miller, Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law, have each been recognized for an article as well.

Posted May 19, 2016