David H. Webber
Associate Dean for Intellectual Life
Professor of Law
Areas of Interest
- Office 1601H
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone 617-358-6194
David H. Webber is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon, published by Harvard University Press. Webber toured extensively for the book and published op-eds about it in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. It was reviewed or otherwise covered in the New York Review of Books, the Financial Times (twice), Publisher’s Weekly, Bloomberg Radio, CSPAN’s BookTV, Forbes, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, the Harvard OnLabor blog, Cornell University’s ILR Review, Rorotoko, de Volkskrant, Calcalist, Splinter News, The National Review and Dissent. The book was published in Korean in 2020. Webber has been interviewed on a range of corporate governance matters and has advised policymakers on pension and investment issues.
Webber co-edited a second book, Research Handbook on Representative Shareholder Litigation (Elgar), published in November 2018. He has published scholarly articles in the New York University Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review and has presented his research at the Harvard Stanford Yale Junior Faculty Forum, the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, and the American Law and Economics Association conference. His coauthored article, “Shareholder Value(s): Index Fund ESG Activism and the New Millennial Corporate Governance,” was selected as one of the top ten corporate and securities law articles of 2020 in a national survey of law scholars by Corporate Practice Commentator.
Webber is the winner of Boston University School of Law’s 2017 Michael Melton Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2020 dean’s award for service to the law school. He also co-teaches the Pensions and Capital Stewardship course for the Harvard Trade Union program at Harvard Law School. He is a graduate of Columbia and NYU Law School, where he was an editor for the law review.
Watch: Professor David Webber discusses The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon
David Webber, "Are We Ready for the Next Recession?" review of Yair Listokin, Law and Macroeconomics: Legal Remedies to Recessions, Harvard University Press (2019), 22 Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies 10 (2021).
David Webber, "The Other Janus and the Future of Labor’s Capital," 72 Vanderbilt Law Review 2087 (2019).
Research Handbook on Representative Shareholder Litigation, David Webber, Sean Griffith, Jessica Erickson & Verity Winship, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing (2018).
David Webber, The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon, Harvard University Press (2018).
David Webber, "Is 'Pay-to-Play' Driving Public Pension Fund Activism in Securities Class Actions? An Empirical Study," 90 Boston University Law Review 2031 (2010). Reprinted in 2011 Securities Law Review § 5:1 and in 53:1 Corporate Practice Commentator 219 (2011).
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Corpfintech Law & Policy (S): LAW JD 976
Corporate and securities law are dynamic fields constantly responding to economic, political, and social developments. Financial innovations like Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, initial coin offerings, and online gaming platforms force reexamination of existing legal doctrines like the definition of a security. Algorithmic trading and artificial intelligence challenge our notions of the meaning of knowledge/intent/scienter for purposes of securities fraud. Populist pressures revealed in episodes like GameStop alter our thinking about market manipulation. The rise of environmental, social, and governance investing, and the increasing emphasis on human capital management and diversity, equity, and inclusion prompt reassessment of the meaning of fiduciary duty. Increased shareholder concentration and crossownership raise antitrust concerns. This seminar will examine how corporate and securities law cope with highly-dynamic market developments. Throughout the course, we will develop an understanding and appreciation for the increasingly complex role of corporate law and lawyers in navigating an almost infinite range of challenges facing their clients, the legal system, and 21st century capitalism itself. Students will also have some input on the topics covered. PREREQUISITE: Corporations LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.SPRG 2022: LAW JD 976 A1 , Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2022
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Securities Regulation: LAW JD 883
This course offers an introduction to federal securities regulation under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We will examine how the securities laws shape the process by which companies raise capital through IPOs, public offerings, and private placements. We will also focus on the mandatory disclosure regime for publicly traded companies and the related topics of securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, and shareholder voting. We will study core concepts such as the definition of a security and materiality. Finally, we will spend significant time examining the role of the SEC and private shareholder litigation in policing the securities laws. COREQUISITE: Corporations.SPRG 2022: LAW JD 883 A1 , Jan 25th to Apr 21st 2022
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In the Media
- December 3, 2020
David Webber is quoted. read more
- October 30, 2020
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- August 12, 2020
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- August 10, 2020
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- August 20, 2019
David Webber is featured in ValueWalk. read more
- July 23, 2019
David Webber is quoted in Bloomberg. read more
- July 23, 2019
David Webber and his new book are mentioned in Financial Times. read more
- June 12, 2019
David Webber contributed to a debate in Law and Political Economy. read more
- June 11, 2019
David Webber's new book is reviewed in the New York Review of Books. read more
- June 10, 2019
David Webber's book is featured in IPE. read more