Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement
Jennifer Arlen '86 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.
Executive Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement
Alicyn Cooley joined PCCE after serving for seven years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Most recently, Cooley served as Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section, leading and supervising investigations and prosecutions of securities fraud (involving hedge fund investment fraud, market manipulation, insider trading, and cryptocurrency offerings), investment adviser fraud, healthcare fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. Cooley also investigated, tried and argued the appeals of multiple murder and racketeering cases involving organized criminal enterprises.
Before working as a federal prosecutor, Cooley was a Litigation Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, and clerked for Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr., in the Second Circuit, and Judge John Gleeson in the Eastern District of New York. Cooley received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a Comments Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and her B.A. from Yale University.
Cooley also co-authored the treatise Federal Criminal Practice: A Second Circuit Handbook.
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).