Robert C. Clark

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

Austin Wakeman Scott Professor of Law


Robert C. Clark, currently the Austin Wakeman Scott Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, was the Dean and Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School from 1989 through July 2003. He now serves as the Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. An authority on corporate law and corporate governance, he has written numerous law review articles and book chapters, as well as a one-volume treatise, Corporate Law, which was hailed as "the paradigm for future student texts.” Professor Clark is a trustee of TIAA, the giant pension fund serving the higher education community, and chaired the TIAA-CREF ad hoc committee on corporate governance. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Time Warner Inc. and Omnicom Group, Inc. and on the editorial board of directors of Foundation Press. He is also a trustee of Hodson Trust, which funds educational programs at four Maryland educational Institutions.

Prior to his 14-year tenure as Dean of Harvard Law School, Professor Clark consulted for law firms and government agencies, and he testified before various Congressional committees and subcommittees on regulation of financial institutions. From 1972 to 1974, Professor Clark was an associate with the Boston law firm of Ropes and Gray, where his practice involved commercial and corporate law. After his law firm experience, Professor Clark spent four years on the faculty of Yale Law School, where he became a tenured professor. In 1979, he returned to Harvard Law School as a professor of law. A graduate of Maryknoll College, Professor Clark received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University and earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1972.

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