This week marks the 90th birthday of University of Connecticut Law School's Dean and Professor of Law and Business, Emeritus, Phillip Blumberg.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, 1939 and of Harvard Law School (1942) and has an LL.D. degree (hon.) from The University of Connecticut. Before turning to legal education, he practiced law on Wall Street for 20 years and was the Chief Executive Officer of a NYSE listed financial corporation. He has since served as Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law (1968 to 1974) and has been at Connecticut since 1974, serving as Dean (1974-84) and as Professor since. For decades, he has conducted research and published on the legal problems of large corporations. His seven volumes in the series on The Law of Corporate Groups (1983-98) have attracted world-wide attention. He has written other books, including The Multinational Challenge to Corporate Law (1993) and The Megacorporation in American Society (1975). He has published several dozen articles in legal periodicals and has presented papers at international conferences on multinational corporations in England, Italy, and Australia. He has been a visiting lecturer at universities in The Netherlands, Poland, and Australia. He is a member of the American Law Institute and has served as an Advisor in three A.L.I. Restatements (Corporate Governance, Suretyship, and Agency). He has also served on the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange.
He is pictured here with Kurt Strasser, the Phillip I. Blumberg Professor of Law. He is perhaps most famous for his publication, The Law of Corporate Groups, which you can find on Reserve at the law library's Circulation Desk. His most recent scholarship, coauthored with Professor Strasser, focuses on the disparities between the legal models governing enterprise groups and the reality of modern business entities.
Blumberg has shifted his attentions in the past few years toward a topic with little to do with corporate groups. Cambridge University Press will be publishing The Repressive Jurisprudence of the Early American Republic: The First Amendment and the English Legal Heritage next spring.
The law library has created an exhibit in the display case across from the Reference Desk where you can read more about Dean Blumberg's many contributions to UConn Law School and to the legal profession. His dedication to both may be unsurpassed in both depth and longevity. Happy birthday, Dean Blumberg!
"However much I would like to read, think, travel, exercise, and walk in the woods, I really prefer to work on The Law of Corporate Groups."-- The Starr Report
Hat tip to Lea Wallenius and Janis Fusaris.