Faculty Profiles

Stephen Bainbridge

Stephen M. Bainbridge

William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law
B.A. Western Maryland College, 1980
M.S. Chemistry, University of Virginia, 1983
J.D. University of Virginia, 1985
UCLA Faculty Since 1997

Books

Research Handbook on Insider Trading (edited by Stephen M. Bainbridge). Edgar Elgar Publishing (2013). Introduction
Corporate Governance After the Financial Crisis. Oxford University Press (2012).
Agency, Partnerships, and Limited Liability Entities: Cases and Materials on Unincorporated Business Associations (with William A. Klein and J. Mark Ramseyer). 3rd ed. Foundation Press (2012).
Mergers and Acquisitions. 3rd ed. Foundation Press Concepts & Insights Series (2012).
Business Associations: Cases and Materials on Agency, Partnerships, and Corporations (with William A. Klein and J. Mark Ramseyer). 8th ed. Foundation Press (2012).
Corporate Law. 2nd ed. Foundation Press Concepts & Insights Series (2009).
Business Associations: Agency, Partnerships, LLCs and Corporations: Statutes and Rules (with William A. Klein and J. Mark Ramseyer). Foundation Press (2008).
The New Corporate Governance in Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press (2008).
The Complete Guide to Sarbanes-Oxley: Understanding How Sarbanes-Oxley Affects Your Business. Adams Business (2007). Chapter 1
Securities Law: Insider Trading. 2nd ed. Foundation Press (2007).
Agency, Partnerships & LLCs. Foundation Press (2004).
Corporation Law and Economics. Foundation Press (2002).

Articles and Chapters

Boards-R-Us: Reconceptualizing Corporate Boards (with M. Todd Henderson), 66 Stanford Law Review 1051 (2014).
A Critique of the Corporate Law Professors' Amicus Brief in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, 100 Virginia Law Review Online 1 (2014). Full Text
Reforming LIBOR: Wheatley versus the Alternatives, 9(2) NYU Journal of Law & Business 789 (2013). Full Text
Regulating Insider Trading in the Post-Fiduciary Duty Era: Equal Access or Property Rights?, in Research Handbook On Insider Trading (edited by Stephen M. Bainbridge, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013).
The New Investor Cliffhanger, 60 UCLA Law Review Discourse 2 (2013). Full Text
Using Reverse Veil Piercing to Vindicate the Free Exercise Rights of Incorporated Employers, 16(3) The Green Bag 235 (2013). Full Text
The Geography of Revlon-Land, 81 Fordham Law Review 3327 (2013). Full Text
Dodd-Frank: Quack Federal Corporate Governance Round II, 95 Minnesota Law Review 1779 (2011).
Insider Trading Inside the Beltway, 36 Journal of Corporation Law 281 (2010).
Caremark and Enterprise Risk Management, 34 Journal of Corporation Law 967 (2009).
Transcript, The Federalist Society-Corporations Practice Group: Panel on the SEC and the Financial Services Crisis of 2008, 28 Review of Banking & Financial Law 237 (2008).
There Is No Affirmative Action for Minorities, Shareholder and Otherwise, in Corporate Law, 118 Yale Law Journal Pocket Part 71 (2008).
Reflections on Twenty Years of Law Teaching, 56 UCLA Law Review Discourse 13 (2008). Full Text
The Iconic Insider Trading Cases, in The Iconic Cases in Corporate Law 139 (edited by Jonathan R. Macey, Thomson-West, 2008).
The Convergence of Good Faith and Oversight (with Star Lopez and Benjamin Oklan), 55 UCLA Law Review 559 (2008). Full Text
The Shared Interests of Managers and Labor in Corporate Governance: A Comment on Strine, 33 Journal of Corporation Law 21 (2007). Full Text
The Bishop’s Alter Ego: Enterprise Liability and the Catholic Priest Sex Abuse Scandal (with Aaron H. Cole), 46 Journal of Catholic Legal Studies 65 (2007). Full Text
Much Ado About Little? Directors’ Fiduciary Duties in the Vicinity of Insolvency, 1 Journal of Business and Technology Law 355 (2007). Full Text
Transcript of Presentation of Much Ado About Little? Directors’ Fiduciary Duties in the Vicinity of Insolvency, 1 Journal of Business and Technology Law 281 (2007).
The Scope of the SEC's Authority Over Shareholder Voting Rights, Engage at 25 (June 2007). Full Text
Directory Primacy and Shareholder Disempowerment, 119 Harvard Law Review 1735 (2006). Full Text
Sarbanes-Oxley: Legislating in Haste, Repenting in Leisure, 2 Corporate Governance Law Review 69 (2006).
The Case for Limited Shareholder Voting Rights, 53 UCLA Law Review 601 (2006). Full Text
Unocal At 20: Director Primacy in Corporate Takeovers, 31 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 769 (2006). Full Text
Abolishing LLC Veil Piercing, 2005 University of Illinois Law Review 77 (2005). Full Text
An Overview of US Insider Trading Law: Lessons for the EU?, European Company Law at 22 (March 2005).
Competing Conceptions of the Corporation (a.k.a. Criteria? Just Say No), 2 Berkeley Business Law Journal 77 (2005).
Executive Compensation: Who Decides?, 83 Texas Law Review 1615 (2005). Review of Pay Without Performance: The Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation, by Lucien Bebchuck and Jesse Fried.
What is My Responsibility to My Community?, in A Virtue-Based Business Ethics (edited by Samuel Gregg & Gerald Zandstra, Acton Center for Entrepreneurial Stewardship, 2005).
A Comment on the SEC's Shareholder Access Proposal, Engage at 18 (2004). Full Text
Managerialism, Legal Ethics, and Sarbanes-Oxley Section 307 (with Christina Johnson), 2004 Michigan State Law Review 299 (2004). Full Text
The Tournament at the Intersection of Business and Legal Ethics, 1 The University of St. Thomas Law Journal 909 (2004). Full Text
Catholic Social Thought and the Corporation, 1 Journal of Catholic Social Thought 595 (2004). Full Text
The Business Judgment Rule as Abstention Doctrine, 57 Vanderbilt Law Review 83 (2004).
Director Primacy: The Means and Ends of Corporate Governance, 97 Northwestern University Law Review 547 (2003). Full Text
The Creeping Federalization of Corporate Law, Regulation 26 (Spring 2003). Full Text
Precommitment Strategies in Corporate Law: The Case of Dead Hand and No Hand Pills, 29 The Journal of Corporation Law 1 (2003).
Book Review: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, 6 Journal of Markets & Morality 703 (2003).
Director Primacy in Corporate Takeovers: Preliminary Reflections, 55 Stanford Law Review 791 (2002). Full Text
A Critique of the NYSE’s Director Independence Listing Standards, 30 Securities Regulation Law Journal 370 (2002). Full Text
The Board of Directors as Nexus of Contracts, 88 Iowa Law Review 1 (2002). Full Text
Director v. Shareholder Primacy in the Convergence Debate, 16 Transnational Lawyer 45-62 (2002). Full Text
How do Judges Maximize? (The Same Way Everybody Else Does–Boundedly: Rules of Thumb in Securities Fraud Opinions) (with G. Mitu Gulati), 51 Emory Law Journal 83 (2002). Reprinted in 35 Securities Law Review 375 (2003). Full Text
The Bishops and the Corporate Stakeholder Debate, 4 Villanova Journal of Law & Investment Finance 3 (2002). Full Text
Why a Board? Group Decision Making in Corporate Governance, 55 Vanderbilt Law Review 1 (2002). Full Text
Employee Involvement Postcollective Bargaining, in Legality and Community: On the Intellectual Legacy of Philip Selznick 203 (edited by Robert A. Kagan, et al., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002).
Abolishing Veil Piercing, 26 Journal of Corporation Law 479 (2001). Reprinted in 43 Corporate Practice Commentator 519 (2001). Full Text
Omejevanje Delnièarskega Aktivizma v Združenih Državah Amerike (with Rado Bohinc), in Sloveniji, in Direktoski Odbor in Delnièarski Aktivizen v ZDA Slovenji 96 (Ljubljana, 2001). Translation in Slovene of “Constraints on Shareholder Activism in the United States and Slovenia.”
Corporate Governance in Post-Privatized Slovenia (with Rado Bohinc), 49 American Journal of Comparative Law 49 (2001). Full Text
Law and Economics: An Apologia, in Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought (edited by Michael W. McConnell et al., Yale Univ. Press, 2001).
Mandatory Disclosure: A Behavioral Analysis, 65 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1023 (2000). Full Text
Contractarianism in the Business Associations Classroom: Kovacik v. Reed and the Allocation of Capital Losses in Service Partnerships, 34 Georgia Law Review 631 (2000). Full Text
Insider Trading, in 3The Encyclopedia of Law & Economics 772 (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2000). Full Text
Insider Trading Regulation: The Path Dependent Choice Between Property Rights and Securities Fraud, 52 SMU Law Review 1589 (1999). Reprinted in 42 Corporate Practice Commentator 133 (2000) and 33 Securities Law Review 419 (2001). Full Text
Corporate Decisionmaking and the Moral Rights of Employees: Participatory Management and Natural Law, 43 Villanova Law Review 741 (1998). Full Text
Privately Ordered Participatory Management: An Organizational Failures Analysis, 23 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 979 (1998). Full Text
Review Essay: Community and Statism: A Conservative Contractarian Critique of Progressive Corporate Law Scholarship, 82 Cornell Law Review 856 (1997). Reviewing Progressive Corporate Law, edited by Lawrence E. Mitchell.
Participatory Management Within a Theory of the Firm, 21 Journal of Corporation Law 657 (1996).
Incorporating State Law Fiduciary Duties Into the Federal Insider Trading Prohibition, 52 Washington & Lee Law Review 1189 (1995). Reprinted in 38 Corporate Practice Commentator 1 (1996).
Securities Act Section 12(2) After the Gustafson Debacle, 50 Business Lawyer 1231 (1995). Full Text
Business Structure Choices in the 90’s, in First Annual Advising Illinois Business Short Course §1 (Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1994).
Revisiting the One-Share/One-Vote Controversy: The Exchanges’ Uniform Voting Rights Policy, 22 Securities Regulation Law Journal 175 (1994).
Student Religious Organizations and University Policies Against Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation: Implications of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 21 Journal of College & University Law 369 (1994).
Review Essay: The Politics of Corporate Governance, 18 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 671 (1994). Reviewing Strong Managers, Weak Owners, by Mark J. Roe. Full Text
In Defense of the Shareholder Wealth Maximization Norm: A Reply to Professor Green, 50 Washington & Lee Law Review 1423 (1993). Full Text
Independent Directors and the ALI Corporate Governance Project, 61 George Washington Law Review 1034-83 (1993).
Insider Trading Under the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers, 19 Journal of Corporate Law 1 (1993).
Interpreting Nonshareholder Constituency Statues, 19 Pepperdine Law Review971 (1992). Reprinted in 34 Corporate Practice Commentator 641 (1993). Full Text
Redirecting State Takeover Laws at Proxy Contests, 1992 Wisconsin Law Review 1071 (1992). Full Text
The Short Life and Resurrection of SEC Rule 19c-4, 69 Washington University Law Quarterly 565 (1991). Reprinted in 24 Securities Law Review 377 (1992). Full Text
Exclusive Merger Agreements and Lock-Ups in Negotiated Corporate Acquisitions, 75 Minnesota Law Review 239 (1990). Full Text
Review Essay: Social Propositions and Common Law Adjudication, University of Illinois Law Review 231 (1990). Reviewing The Nature of the Common Law, by Melvin Eisenberg.
The Corporate Takeover Game and Recent Legislative Attempts to Define Insider Trading (with Robert D. Rosenbaum), 26 American Criminal Law Review 229 (1988).
The Insider Trading Prohibition: A Legal and Economic Enigma, 38 University of Florida Law Review 35 (1986). Full Text
Comity and Sovereign Debt Litigation: A Bankruptcy Analogy, 10 Maryland Journal of International Law & Trade 1 (1986). Full Text
State Takeover and Tender Offer Regulations Post-MITE: The Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania Attempts, 90 Dickinson Law Review 731 (1986). Full Text
A Critique of the Insider Trading Sanctions Act of 1984, 71 Virginia Law Review 455 (1985). Full Text
Nationalizations–Standard of Compensation: Nationalizing State Must Compensate Shareholders Based on Going Concern Value, Taking Into Account Social and Economic Conditions (with Sherrye P. Henry), 24 Virginia Journal of International Law 993 (1984).
Trade Usages in International Sales of Goods: An Analysis of the 1964 and 1980 Sales Conventions, 24 Virginia Journal of International Law 619 (1984).

Other

Must Salmon Love Meinhard? Agape and Partnership Fiduciary Duties, 17 Green Bag 2D 257 (2014). Full Text
Money Well Spent?, LA Daily Journal (August 2009).
Is 'Say on Pay' Justified?, 32 Regulation 42-47 (2009). Full Text
Reshaping the Playing Field, Regulation at 28 (Winter 2008).
Unions Abusing Pension Funds For Politics, The Examiner (September 6, 2007).
Libertarians, Conservatives Part On Animal Cruelty Laws, The Examiner (August 30, 2007).
Watch for the Coming Flood of Global Warming Litigation, The Examiner (July 31, 2007).
Sarbanes-Oxley Bleeds Profits, Cuts Risk Taking, The Washington Examiner at 17 (June 19, 2007).
Here's my Next President of the United States, The Washington Examiner at 18 (May 15, 2007).
More Intrusive Federal Rules for Executive Compensation Unjustified, 17(10) Washington Legal Foundation Legal Opinions Letter (April 27, 2007).
No need for federal regulations limiting executive compensation, The Washington Examiner (April 26, 2007).
From Priest Abuse to Legal Abuse, TCS Daily (March 26, 2007).
Activist shareholders are imposing political agendas on pension funds, The Washington Examiner (March 6, 2007).
The Fourth Great Assault on the Anglosphere, TCS Daily (March 5, 2007).
Law, Morality and a Just Wage, TCS Daily (February 2, 2007).
Sunlight, The Best Disinfectant for Hedge Fund Empty Voting, The Washington Examiner (January 30, 2007).
Cafeteria Catholicism and the Minimum Wage, TCS Daily (January 19, 2007).
First, Kill All the Transactional Lawyers?, TCS Daily (January 9, 2007).
Much ado about little on Sarbanes-Oxley Act, The Washington Examiner (December 21, 2006).
Building a Better Blogtrap, TCS Daily (December 20, 2006).
Is There 'No Obligation to Act'?, TCS Daily (December 1, 2006).
What to do about Iraq and America's 'sunk costs', The Washington Examiner (November 21, 2006).
The Holes in Holistic Admissions, TCS Daily (November 13, 2006).
Why Have a Board of Directors?, TCS Daily (November 13, 2006).
The Rite Move, TCS Daily (October 27, 2006).
Bush 43 has been a disaster for conservatives, The Washington Examiner (October 17, 2006).
The Communitarian Connundrum, TCS Daily (October 13, 2006).
A Shot Across Many Bows, TCS Daily (September 15, 2006).
What Left and Right Both Miss About the Wal-Mart Debate, TCS Daily (September 13, 2006).
The GOP's Fawlty Towers, TCS Daily (August 31, 2006).
Assessing Eliot, TCS Daily (August 25, 2006).
The Red Wines of Summer, TCS Daily (August 18, 2006).
Who Killed the Electric Car?, The Washington Examiner (Aug. 8, 2006).
Perks for Perps, TCS Daily (July 27, 2006).
Double Trouble, TCS Daily (July 25, 2006).
Two cheers for New York Gay Marriage Decision, The Washington Examiner (July 21, 2006).
Just War for the Sake of Argument, TCS Daily (July 18, 2006).
Through the (Digital) Grapevine, TCS Daily (July 11, 2006).
Power and the Presidency, TCS Daily (June 29, 2006).
Why cut and run won't work in Iraq, The Washington Examiner (June 19, 2006).
The Most Efficient Policeman, TCS Daily (June 15, 2006).
The Wrath of Grapes, TCS Daily (June 12, 2006).
Surfing for a Living, TCS Daily (June 2, 2006).
Is This What Is Meant By 'Investor Protection'?, TCS Daily (May 31, 2006).
Jesus Christ as Poached Egg, TCS Daily (May 18, 2006).
Happy Hierarchy?, TCS Daily (May 12, 2006).
The Hog Butcher Blinks, TCS Daily (May 4, 2006).
Are We Criminalizing Agency Costs? Should You Care?, TCS Daily (April 26, 2006).
Minimum Behavior, TCS Daily (April 20, 3006).
Whether Right or Left: Always Wrong, TCS Daily (April 11, 2006).
Legal Sex Tournaments, TCS Daily (April 6, 2006).
Insiders on the Hill, TCS Daily (March 30, 2006).
Conglomerate Cannibalism, TCS Daily (March 24, 2006).
Bad for Investors, Bad for the Market, TCS Daily (March 9, 2006).
What Howard Stern Did Wrong, TCS Daily (March 1, 2006).
Peekaboo, the Constitution Doesn't See You, TCS Daily (February 14, 2006).
The Importance of the Shareholder Wealth Maximization Standard, TCS Daily (February 7, 2006).
The Importance of an 'Esoteric' Rule, TCS Daily (February 3, 2006).
When Less Really Is More, TCS Daily (January 17, 2006).
Intelligent Design? Not So Much!, TCS Daily (January 11, 2006).
Fines and the Fraudsters, TCS Daily (January 09, 2006).
Activist Shareholder Proposals, Totally Unfit, TCS Daily (January 03, 2006).
Grape Expectations, TCS Daily (December 29, 2005).
The Turn of the Screw, TCS Daily (December 12, 2005).
Shedding Light on SOX, TCS Daily (December 7, 2005).
Proxy Fright, Proxy Fright, TCS Daily (December 2, 2005).
What (American) Wine Shall We Have for Thanksgiving?, TCS Daily (November 23, 2005).
A Golden Opportunity, TCS Daily (November 18, 2005).
The Siren Song of Corporate Social Responsibility, TCS Daily (November 14, 2005).
Where Might Harriet Miers Make Her Mark?, TCS Daily (October 14, 2005).
This Hedge Bet is No Winner, TCS Daily (September 26, 2005).
The Invisible Helping Hand, TCS Daily (September 8, 2005).
Judging Faith, TCS Daily (August 9, 2005).
They Can't Take That Away From Me ... Unless They Can, TCS Daily (June 24, 2005).
Crime? And Punishment, Tech Central Station (June 22, 2005).
Water Into Whine, Tech Central Station (June 13, 2005).
Drug Testing and the Market for Lemons, Tech Central Station (June 6, 2005).
Out With the Rockefeller Republican, In With the Reagan Revolutionary, Tech Central Station (June 3, 2005).
Why I Support the Filibuster Deal, Tech Central Station (May 26, 2005).
Free the Grapes?, Tech Central Station (May 17, 2005).
Benedict XVI, Tech Central Station (April 20, 2005).
SOXing It to Small Businesses, Tech Central Station (April 12, 2005).
The Dominating Prophet of Freedom, Tech Central Station (April 4, 2005).
Were the New Mutual Fund Rules Necessary or Superficial?, Tech Central Station (February 17, 2005).
The Compensation Conundrum, Tech Central Station (February 4, 2005).
The Grapes of Protectionist Wrath, Tech Central Station (December 10, 2004).
Network Effects: Liberals and Conservatives in the Academy, Tech Central Station (December 8, 2004).
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes ... Or Does It?, Tech Central Station (November 17, 2004).
The SEC and the Election, Tech Central Station (November 5, 2004).
Law and Morality in America, Tech Central Station (November 4, 2004).
Are We All Behaviorists Now?, Tech Central Station (October 20, 2004).
Mandatory Disclosure and Securities Regulation: A Behavioral Analysis, Tech Central Station (October 4, 2004).
Is More Always Better?, Tech Central Station (September 22, 2004).
Why Regulate Insider Trading, Tech Central Station (September 8, 2004).
What Bush Needs to Do: The Ownership Society, Tech Central Station (September 2, 2004).
The SEC: From Bad to Worse?, Tech Central Station (August 12, 2004).
Nibbled to Death by Ducks, Tech Central Station (August 6, 2004).
Those Divesting Presbyterians, Tech Central Station (August 2, 2004).
Reagan and Rights: Positive and Negative, Tech Central Station (June 8, 2004).
Bacchus Bytes Back, Tech Central Station (June 7, 2004).
Spitzer v. Grasso, Tech Central Station (May 26, 2004).
Directors Cut?, Tech Central Station (April 29, 2004).
Pension Funds Play Politics, Tech Central Station (April 21, 2004).
The Wrong Way to Right Wrongs, Tech Central Station (April 14, 2004).
Incentives and Business Ethics, Tech Central Station (March 11, 2004).
Run Away, Jury, Tech Central Station (March 1, 2004).
SOX Pox, Tech Central Station (February 20, 2004).
Spitzer Goes Over the Line, Tech Central Station (February 9, 2004).
What's Right on Immigration?, Tech Central Station (January 13, 2004).
Does the SEC Know When Enough Is Enough?, Tech Central Station (January 8, 2004).
The SEC Goes Out on a Legal Limb in Its Bid to Net Martha Stewart, L.A. Times at B17 (June 6, 2003).
Investors Will Benefit From New Leadership, UCLA Today at 7 (November 19, 2002).
Mandatory Disclosure: A Behavioral Analysis, UCLA Law Magazine at 12 (Spring/Summer 2000).
Business Law Program Lets Students Focus Legal Education on Business Practice, UCLA Law Magazine at 6 (Spring/Summer 2000).
Mucking up the Misappropriation Theory: The Doctrinal Incoherence of the United States v. O'Hagan, in Sixth Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, SMU Law Review (Oct. 2, 1998).
Suspect Class?, Liberty at 14 (July/August 1998).
"Nothing for Us": Should Public Libraries Fear Religious Literature?, Liberty at 12 (March/April 1998).
A Lesson on Private Property and Smoking, Legal Times at 23 (July 4, 1994).
Executive Pay: Who Listens?, Legal Times at 22 (August 10, 1992).
Stop the Congressional Corporations Bomb, Legal Times at 29 (December 9, 1991).
SEC Rule Coming in for Crash Landing, Legal Times at 20 (May 20, 1991).