TheRacetotheBottom Inc. Funds DU Law Professorship

J. Robert Brown, Jr., is the inaugural Lawrence W. Treece professor of corporate governance law at DU

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law announced Tuesday that professor J. Robert Brown, Jr., director of the law school’s corporate and commercial law program, has been named the inaugural Lawrence W. Treece professor of corporate governance law.

Funded by a gift by theRacetotheBottom Inc., the professorship honors a nationally recognized scholar in corporate governance law and will support faculty research and student-faculty collaborations in the corporate governance area. The named faculty position honors Lawrence W. Treece, a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, one of Denver’s top corporate advisors and trial lawyers.

The named faculty position honors Lawrence W. Treece, a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, one of Denver’s top corporate advisors and trial lawyers.

“Sound corporate governance is a subject of global importance, with implications not only for individual businesses but for the health and resiliency of the global economy,” Denver Law Dean Bruce Smith said. “Jay Brown is the ideal recipient of this prestigious named position. He has a fertile and timely research portfolio; he is a pedagogical innovator, consistently seeking new ways to train top-quality corporate lawyers; and he admirably bridges the realms of the legal academy and legal practice, on matters of the highest global concern.”

Brown is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in corporate governance law and has published more than three dozen publications in the areas of corporate governance, comparative corporate law and executive compensation. Alongside his research and teaching responsibilities, he has served as secretary of the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission, as a public arbitrator at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and as an advisor to national ministries in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Ukraine.

Before joining the faculty at Denver Law in 1988, Brown worked as a judicial clerk for the Judge Frank Johnson, Jr. on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, as an associate at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Washington, D.C., and as a senior staff attorney at the SEC. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, and his Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University.

Treece is a nationally recognized leader in corporate governance, antitrust, class actions, business torts and securities law. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Lawyers Committee and has brought cases vindicating the rights of descendants of Mexican settlers to access land under the Spanish land grant of 1884, organized and initiated litigation to integrate Denver Public Schools, represented low-income flood victims in Pueblo, and brought a successful state-wide class action on behalf of Medicaid recipients who were improperly denied benefits. Treece also has taught antitrust law as an adjunct faculty member at Denver Law.

TheRacetotheBottom Inc. sponsors the Race to the Bottom blog, a faculty-student forum dedicated to addressing improvements to the corporate governance process. In 2012, the blog was selected as one of the top 100 Law Blogs by the ABA, receiving the highest number of votes in the Business Law category.

“For years, theRacetotheBottom Inc. has hosted one of the most intellectually lively forums for debate on such matters. It is particularly fitting that this gift honors Larry Treece, a titanic figure in Colorado legal and civic life, whose firm has been a tremendous supporter of Denver Law,” says Smith.