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Quinn Curtis

Professor
Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
WB302O
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
J.D. Yale Law School 2009
Ph.D. Yale University 2011
B.A. Ohio State University 2002
B.S. Ohio State University 2002
Biography

Quinn Curtis joined the law faculty in 2011. He teaches courses on corporate law, securities and venture capital. His research focuses on empirical law and finance.  He has written extensively on the regulation of mutual funds and retirement accounts, including empirical work on 401(k) plans, mutual fund governance and fee litigation.  His other research interests include corporate governance and corporate litigation.   

His publications have appeared, among others in the Yale Law Journal; the University of Pennsylvania Law Review; the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations; and the Journal of Legal Studies.  He is a charter board member of the Society of Investment Law.  

Curtis received his undergraduate degrees in philosophy and physics magna cum laude from Ohio State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Yale Law Journal. He received his Ph.D. in finance from Yale School of Management in 2011. Prior to attending law school, Curtis worked as a software engineer at Microsoft Corporation.

LAW 6109: Corporations (Law & Business)
Credits: 4
This course considers the formation and operation of corporations and will compare corporations to other business forms. It will examine the roles and duties of those who control businesses and the power of investors to influence and litigate against those in control. The course will also address the special problems of closely held corporations and issues arising out of mergers and attempts to acquire firms.
LAW 7702: Legal Practice and the Startup Company: An Inside Look (SC)
Credits: 1
This short course will provide students with a unique perspective into the many aspects of a start-up business - from creation and capitalization to IP protection and skills needed for day-to-day operations. Students will engage and explore business planning, entity choice, governance, financing, and exit opportunities.
LAW 8017: Securities Regulation (Law & Business)
Credits: 3–4
The course will examine the federal statutes and regulations relating to the sale of securities and the duties of issuers, underwriters, brokers, dealers, officers, directors, and other market participants. Topics will include the regulation of public and private offerings, trading markets, accounting standards, the lawyer's role in verifying financial information, and the use of finance theory in securities litigation.
LAW 8804: FT Externship: Directed Study
Credits: 3
This directed study is one part of a two-part full-time externship combining academic study and work experience under the supervision of a faculty member and an educational, charitable, governmental or nonprofit host organization.
LAW 8810: Directed Research
Credits: 1
Eligible students receive credit for serving as research assistants supervised by selected law school faculty members.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 8812: Independent Research
Credits: 2
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member
LAW 8813: Independent Research
Credits: 3
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 9089: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
This is the first semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9090: Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
Credits: 1
This is the second semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader.
LAW 9127: Current Issues in Corporate Law and Governance
Credits: 3
This seminar will cover current issues in corporate law and governance such as executive compensation, corporate governance and firm value, state competition in corporate law, anti-takeover law, the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on corporate governance and the desirability of increasing shareholder power.
LAW 9251: Law and Finance of Venture Capital-Backed Firms
Credits: 2
This course aims to introduce students to the financial and legal aspects of advising a venture capital-backed firm with a quantitative emphasis. The financial consequences of venture capital funding agreements will be explored, with an emphasis on bridging the gap between legal terms and financial outcomes. Prerequisite: LAW 6100-Accounting and LAW 6103 Corporations or LAW 6109 Corporations (Law and Business)
LAW 9287: Law and Economics Colloquium
Credits: 1
In each meeting, a leading scholar will present a current legal research paper using the methodology of law and economics.
LAW 9310: Institutional Investors and Corporate Governance
Credits: 3
Hedge funds and mutual funds have shown a willingness to intervene in questions of corporate strategy, management, and even issues of social importance. This class will investigate how these trends are changing the reality of corporate governance by engaging with both academic articles from a variety of disciplines and documents created by corporate governance practitioners to gain an understanding of these phenomena.
LAW 9340: Corporations, Investors, and ESG
Credits: 3
ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) issues have become a major focus of institutional investors. This class will examine the law and economics of ESG factors in investing by reviewing recent research and legal developments.