Frank Partnoy Appointed George E. Barrett Professor in Law and Finance

San Diego (April 3, 2009) – University of San Diego School of Law faculty member Frank Partnoy has been appointed to the newly created George E. Barrett Professorship in Law and Finance.

Since joining the USD faculty in 1997, Partnoy has become a nationally recognized scholar. His next book, The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals (PublicAffairs, 2009), is due to be published this spring. His previous publications include Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets (Times Books, 2003), F.I.A.S.C.O.: Blood in the Water on Wall Street (Penguin Group, 1999) and more than 20 articles on various topics related to financial market regulation. Professor Partnoy has also recently been featured on 60 Minutes, NPR’s nationally distributed FreshAir and Newshour with Jim Lehrer as an expert regarding financial derivatives and has published an op-ed piece in the New York Times focusing on the same topic.

The professorship honors Nashville, Tenn., attorney George E. Barrett, senior partner at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley. Beginning in the late 1950s, Barrett gained a reputation for his courageous advocacy on behalf of those facing legal difficulties because of their involvement in the civil rights movement. His practice has spanned many areas of law, but the common theme has been advocacy on behalf of "underdogs" and "the underserved.

Established through a generous gift from an anonymous donor who has admired Mr. Barrett's career for many years, the professorship recognizes an outstanding USD law faculty member with a demonstrated interest in protecting investors, consumers, workers, or others from fraud or other abuses of power.

"We are grateful for the establishment of this professorship," said Kevin Cole, dean of the law school. "We are proud to help honor Mr. Barrett and happy to be able to recognize Professor Partnoy's impressive work by appointing him to this professorship."

About Frank Partnoy

Professor Frank Partnoy is the director of USD School of Law's new Center for Corporate and Securities Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of corporate law, corporate finance and financial market regulation. Partnoy's other publications include The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals (PublicAffairs, 2009); Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets (Henry Holt, 2003), and FIASCO: Blood In The Water On Wall Street (W.W. Norton, 1997) as well as more than 20 articles on various topics related to financial market regulation. Before joining the USD faculty in 1997, Partnoy worked as an investment banker at CS First Boston and Morgan Stanley in New York, and as an attorney at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C. He was co-recipient of the 1999 Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching and was the 2004 Herzog Endowed Scholar.

About USD School of Law

The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.  Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949. 

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