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    06.18.15 Professors Christopher Beauchamp and Minor Myers Selected for Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum
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    Papers by Professors Christopher Beauchamp and Minor Myers were selected for the prestigious Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum, held at Harvard Law School on June 16-17. Brooklyn Law School was the only law school in the nation to have the papers of two faculty members separately selected for the annual Faculty Forum.

    Professor Beauchamp presented his paper titled "The First Patent Litigation Explosion," which examines the forgotten history of the first patent litigation explosion, including the rise of large-scale patent enforcement in the middle of the 19th century. He draws on new data from the archives of two federal courts to trace the development of patent litigation from 1840 to 1910 and to outline the scale, composition, and leading causes of the litigation boom. The paper also explores the consequences of this phenomenon for the law and the politics of the patent system.

    Brooklyn Law School - Professor Minor Myers This is the second time Professor Myers's research has been selected for the Forum, having participated two years ago at Yale Law School. This year, he presented his paper “Do the Merits Matter? Evidence from Options Backdating Litigation,” co-authored with University of Virginia School of Law Associate Professor Quinn Curtis. The paper considers a basic question in corporate law: Do the legal merits matter in stockholder litigation? Professors Myers and Curtis examine the question in the context of the 2006 stock options backdating scandal, where they construct unique firm-level estimates of legal liability and potential damages. They found that attorneys pursuing derivative and securities suits were sensitive to the merits in suing firms, focusing on those with more egregious patterns of backdating.  Being sued was not a mechanical function of being implicated in the backdating scandal or being investigated by the SEC.  The merits, in other words, appear to have mattered in backdating litigation. 

    Beauchamp and Myers continue an impressive legacy of Brooklyn Law School faculty who have been selected for this forum, including Professors Dana Brakman Reiser, Edward Janger, and Miriam Baer.

    Professor Beauchamp teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property and legal history, and leads the Law School’s Trade Secrets Institute. Prior to Brooklyn Law School, he was a Sharswood Fellow in Law and History and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University. His first book, Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America, was released by Harvard University Press in fall 2014.

    Professor Myers teaches courses on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and property. His scholarship focuses on corporate governance, shareholder litigation, executive compensation, and corporate director behavior. He also has presented his research at the NYU/Penn Conference on Law & Finance, the American Law & Economics Association annual meeting, and the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies. He is affiliated with the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law and the Center for the Study of Business Law & Regulation.

    The Forum’s stated objective is to encourage the work of young scholars recently appointed to tenure-track positions by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange. Twelve to 20 scholars are chosen from among those submitting papers to present before an audience, which includes participating junior faculty, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests, who consider the merits of particular papers and appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre. The Forum also seeks to increase the sense of community among American legal scholars.