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James D. Nelson

Assistant Professor of Law

James Nelson joined the faculty in 2015. He writes and teaches in the areas of corporate law, contracts, and constitutional law.

Professor Nelson graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review. In law school, he received the Roger & Madeleine Traynor Prize for the best paper by a graduating student and the Robert E. Goldsten Award for distinction in the classroom. After graduating, he clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Prior to joining the Law Center, Professor Nelson was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Corporate Governance at Columbia Law School. He has also been a Fellow at the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, Research Director of the Project on Corporate Political Spending at Harvard Law School, Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School, and Editor-at-Large of Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets.


The Untenable Case for Keeping Investors in the Dark, 10 Harvard Business Law Review (forthcoming 2020) (with Lucian Bebchuk, Robert J. Jackson, Jr., and Roberto Tallarita)

Corporate Disestablishment, 105 Virginia Law Review 595 (2019)

The Trouble with Corporate Conscience, 71 Vanderbilt Law Review 1655 (2018)

Corporations, Unions, and the Illusion of Symmetry, 102 Virginia Law Review 1969 (2016)

The Freedom of Business Association, 115 Columbia Law Review 461 (2015)

Conscience, Incorporated, 2013 Michigan State Law Review 1565

Note, Incarceration, Accommodation, and Strict Scrutiny, 95 Virginia Law Review 2053 (2009)

Business Organizations
The Modern Corporation and Society