B.A., summa cum laude Boston University, Spanish Language & Literature
J.D., magna cum laude Boston University
In the movie "Wall Street," the character Gordon Gekko declares that "greed is good." Certainly greed is one of the most basic motivations for human conduct - some would say it is the most basic motivation for human action. However, the field of corporate and securities law is founded upon the premise that human greed should be channeled towards the more productive ends of capitalism and away from conduct that achieves financial gain through the exploitation of others. When I was a law student, my Corporate Law professor treated the study of insider trading, hostile takeovers and corporate crimes as the dry recitation of legal rules to be memorized. My approach to teaching is different. I teach these cases as human tragedies (and sometimes comedies) involving greed, betrayal and corruption. In my view, the law in this area serves the classic end of all laws: to protect ourselves from our own worst impulses.
Service: I am proud to have been a leader in the founding and growth of three nonprofit organizations serving the underprivileged in southeastern Wisconsin during the 1990s and early 2000s. Centro Legal por los Derechos Humanos, Inc. is a bilingual legal services provider that provides representation in a wide variety of legal matters including landlord-tenant, family law and criminal law. The Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance program represents immigrants and citizens with immigration-related issues. The Latino Community Center operates educational and recreational programs for inner-city youth and their families. Although today I am no longer active in these organizations, I continue to serve my community as a member of the Board of Directors of Voces de la Frontera Action and in a variety of other ways.
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