Robert Jackson Jr. to join NYU Law faculty

Robert Jackson Jr., a professor of law and director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy at Columbia Law School, will join NYU School of Law as a permanent member of the faculty. At Columbia, Jackson taught courses on corporations, investment banking, and leadership for lawyers. He was in residence at NYU Law this past academic year. 

Professor Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson Jr.

Jackson will bring to the Law School an impressive body of scholarship, a record of outstanding teaching and institutional leadership, and a distinguished career in government service. His research is focused on the empirical study of executive compensation and corporate governance. Jackson’s recent scholarship examines the effects of activist hedge funds’ settlements with corporate boards on securities markets. Previous work has included studies revealing how the electronic systems of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have provided advantages to high-speed traders as well as the effects of recent changes in law on individual investors’ participation in the stock market. He has testified on his scholarship before the US Senate, and his work was previously the subject of rulemaking commentary before federal agencies including the Federal Reserve and the SEC. At Columbia, he was honored with the Willis L. M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.  

Before joining the Columbia Law faculty, Jackson served as an adviser to senior officials at the Department of the Treasury and in the Office of the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation. Prior to that government service, he practiced at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focused on executive compensation. Jackson earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from its Wharton School in 1999, an MBA from Wharton in 2000, an MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2005, and a JD from Harvard Law School in 2005.

On September 2, President Trump nominated Jackson to serve as a commissioner at the SEC. Until his confirmation, when he will take a public service leave, Jackson will be in residence at the Law School. He will rejoin the NYU Law faculty on a full-time basis at the conclusion of his SEC service.

Posted September 5, 2017