Eric J. Gouvin
Professor of Law | Dean Emeritus
Courses Taught: Business Organizations, Contracts, Intro to the Legal Profession, Comparative Corporate Law, Transactional Lawyering Seminar, Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Eric Gouvin practiced corporate, commercial, and banking law with a large firm in Portland, Maine. While in practice Dean Gouvin worked on matters for business clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small, closely held concerns. He served as Dean of the School of Law from 2013 - 2018.
He has long been involved in transactional law education and the promotion of entrepreneurship. He founded the Small Business Clinic at Western New England and served on the Board of Editors for the Kauffman Foundation’s eLaw website. He was a longtime member of the Board of Advisors for the Scibelli Enterprise Center, and currently serves on the entrepreneurial ecosytem committee of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, and on the board of the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.
His primary area of scholarly interest is corporate and entrepreneurship law. He is a coauthor of the treatise Blumberg on Corporate Groups and numerous law review articles on a wide variety of topics, often with an international or comparative perspective. He has also written several lessons on corporate law for the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) library. Dean Gouvin is an active member of the American Bar Association, where he has chaired the Adjunct Faculty Committee for the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and the Business Law Education Committee for the Business Law Section. Dean Gouvin is a prior Chair of the AALS Section on Transactional Law and Skills.
In addition to his service at Western New England, Dean Gouvin has also taught a course in comparative corporate law several times as a Visiting Professor at the Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense in France and at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. In the spring of 2012 he delivered a series of lectures about comparative corporate law in Chongqing, China at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law as a Fulbright Specialist.
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ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, Committee on Adjunct Faculty, BEST PRACTICES REPORT ON THE USE OF ADJUNCT FACULTY (Eric J. Gouvin ed. and contributor 2011). SSRN Digital Commons
ERIC J. GOUVIN, THE LAW OF CORPORATE GROUPS: STATUTORY LAW - SPECIFIC (Aspen Law & Business, annual supps. 2000-2002). SSRN
Eric J. Gouvin, Of Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs: Toward a Public Policy That Supports New Venture Formation, in ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION IN EVOLVING ECONOMIES: THE ROLE OF LAW, 27 (Megan M. Carpenter, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012).
Eric J. Gouvin, The Document Package Exam, in TECHNIQUES FOR TEACHING LAW 2 299-301 (Gerald F. Hess et. al. eds., 2011). Digital Commons
Eric J. Gouvin, Bank Mergers in North America: Comparing the Approaches in the United States and Canada, ch. 11, in BANK MERGERS: THE GLOBAL SCENARIO (Jayshree Bose, ed., 2006).
Eric J. Gouvin, What’s Law Got to Do with It?: An Essay About the Balance of Power in Corporate Governance Between Officers, Directors, and Shareholders, 50 NEW ENG. L. REV. ON REMAND Online Symposium 92 (2016). SSRN
Eric J. Gouvin, Are There Any Checks and Balances on the Government's Power to Check Our Balances? The Fate of Financial Privacy in the War on Terror, 14 TEMP. POL. & CIV. RTS. L. REV. 517 (2005). SSRN Digital Commons
Eric J. Gouvin, Note, Drunk Driving and the Alcoholic Offender: A New Approach to an Old Problem, 12 AM. J. L. & MED. (1987).
Report, Connecticut Bar Association Task Force on the Future of Legal Education and Standards of Admission (Eric J. Gouvin, contributor, 2014).
Eric J. Gouvin, Symposium: Current Issues in Community Economic Development: Foreword: Entrepreneurship, Race, and the Current Environment for Community Economic Development, 30 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 1 (2007). SSRN Digital Commons
Eric J. Gouvin, Keeping Secrets Could be the Key to Business Success, AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, April 1, 2020, at 23.
Eric J. Gouvin, Congress Decides Not to Kill the “Death Tax,” AF-AM POINT OF VIEW, Feb. 1, 2018, at 23.