Alan Palmiter named William T. Wilson, III, Presidential Chair for Business Law

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Alan Palmiter has a national and international reputation as a scholar and teacher about business law subjects (corporate law, securities regulation, legal valuation) and comparative law (Latin American law).

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has announced the appointment of Alan Palmiter as the William T. Wilson, III, Presidential Chair for Business Law. The university named its two newest chairs on July 13, 2017. In addition to Palmiter, Koleman Strumpf was named the Burchfield Presidential Chair of Political Economy.

Dean Reynolds says, “How delighted we all are to recognize Alan Palmiter’s singular contributions as participant in the debates on business and society; as devoted community, university and law school servant; and as teacher par excellence.”

Professor Palmiter has an international reputation as a teacher and scholar in business law, including corporate law, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, sustainable corporations, energy law and legal valuation. Since joining the Wake Forest Law faculty in 1986, he has held dozens of leadership roles on campus, including Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, the Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law; a Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) advisory board member; and a Wake Forest Law Review faculty advisor.

Frequently cited in national media, Professor Palmiter recently has been in the midst of the scholarly debate of the corporation from private entity to government substitute, with a current focus on the moral obligations of the shift in roles.

“Being named the William T. Wilson, III Presidential Chair for Business Law is a great honor,” Palmiter says. “The Chair marks an inflection point in the life of our law school and a chance for me to reflect.  First, the Chair is a testament of the natural generosity of Bill Wilson — and thus inspires me to seek to be generous.  Second, the Chair (in business law) reflects Bill’s quizzical questioning of many business modalities — and thus calls me to pursue even more my own questioning.  Third, the Chair is an invitation to reflect on the two-edged relationship between business and law — and thus encourages me to continue challenging my students to notice and think about this.  Above all, the Chair is a reminder of Bill’s infectious, animated energy.”