Professor of Law
Courses Taught: Business Organizations, Closely-Held Businesses, Corporate Finance for Closely-Held Businesses, Corporate Social (Ir)Responsibility, International Business Transactions, Sales, UCC Survey, ABA Negotiation Competition, Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, International Business Transactions & the Closely-Held Business (online LL.M.), Operation, Management & Control of the Closely-Held Business (online LL.M.)
René Reich-Graefe teaches and writes in the fields of U.S. and international business organizations, corporate governance, commercial transactions, and legal philosophy, broadly conceived. His latest research discusses the challenges of Anthropocenic disruption for law and legal education, critiques end-of-life medical decisionmaking and informed-consent law through the lens of traditional and behavioral economic theory, and conceptualizes the legal organization and intermediation of triple-helix innovation collaborations among academic, industrial and governmental sponsors. Current works-in-progress focus on the economic modelling of (non)calculative trust, Fineman's vulnerability paradigm in the context of corporate sustainability and social responsibility, the social ontology of partnerships and corporations, the decisional behavior of corporate boards in public and private firms, and the protection of minority participants in closely-held businesses.
René first came to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, completing his LL.M. degree at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He served as a law clerk at the Berlin Court of Appeals in Germany, and practiced as a corporate and financial lawyer for seven years at the former international law firm of Coudert Brothers LLP. He has taught at the University of Maryland, Northeastern University, and the University of Connecticut, has held visiting researcher positions at Queen's University in Canada, the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and the University of Bristol in England, and is admitted to practice in New York and Germany.
Anthropocenic Disruption, Community Resilience and Law, 41 Western New England Law Review 411-53 (2019) (symposium essay/foreword)
Rational Patient Apathy, 49 Seton Hall Law Review 535-628 (2019) (with Barbara A. Noah)
Intermediation in Intermediation: Triple Helix Innovation and Intermediary Legal Organisation, 3:10 Triple Helix 1-45 (2016) (peer-reviewed)
Calculative Trust: Oxymoron or Tautology?, 4 Journal of Trust Research 66-82 (2014) (peer-reviewed/special issue)
Keep Calm and Carry On, 27 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 55-69 (2014)
Deconstructing Corporate Governance: The Mechanics of Trusting, 38 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 103-90 (2013)
Fiduciary Duties in the Closely Held Firm 35 Years After Wilkes v. Springside Nursing Home, 33 Western New England Law Review 247-68 (2011) (symposium essay/foreword)
Deconstructing Corporate Governance: Director Primacy Without Principle?, 16 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 465-527 (2011)
Deconstructing Corporate Governance: Absolute Director Primacy, 5 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law 341-404 (2011)
Changing Paradigms: The Liability of Corporate Groups in Germany, 37 Connecticut Law Review 785-817 (2005) (symposium essay)