G. Marcus Cole
Stanford University Law School
Dean Cole, a recognized authority on of the law of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization, and venture capital, graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 1993 where he returned as a visiting professor in 2001-02 and was awarded the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award by the first year class. Now at Stanford, where he teaches bankruptcy, commercial law and contracts, Dean Cole takes an empirical law and economics approach to research questions such as why corporate bankruptcies increasingly are adjudicated in Delaware, and what drives the financial structure of companies backed by venture capital. He has been a national fellow at the Hoover Institution, and has scholarly interests that range from classical liberal political theory to natural law and the history of commercial law. He serves on the board of directors for the Central Pacific Region of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, and on the editorial board of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1997, Professor Cole was an associate in commercial litigation with the Chicago law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt, and he clerked for Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.