David H. Webber
Professor of Law
Areas of Interest
- Office Room 1402K
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone 617-358-6194
David H. Webber is the author of The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon, published by Harvard University Press in April 2018. Webber has toured extensively for the book, and has published op-eds about it in theNew York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, In These Times, and elsewhere. The book and related work have been covered in the Financial Times, Bloomberg Radio, CSPAN’s BookTV, Forbes, Nightly Business Report, NPR’s Marketplace, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Cornell University’s ILR Review, Rorotoko, de Volkskrant, Calcalist, the Majority Report with Sam Seder,the David Pakman Show, Knowledge@Wharton Business Radio, Splinter News, Agence France-Presse, Reuters, and others.
Webber co-edited a second book, Research Handbook on Representative Shareholder Litigation (Elgar), forthcoming this year. He has published scholarly articles including “The Use and Abuse of Labor’s Capital” in the New York University Law Review and “The Plight of the Individual Investor in Securities Class Actions” in the Northwestern University Law Review, with additional work forthcoming in the Vanderbilt Law Review and elsewhere. Webber 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, among others.
Webber is the winner of Boston University School of Law’s 2017 Michael Melton Award for Teaching Excellence. 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.
His assistant is Kristen Queenan. She can be reached at email@example.com or 617-353-3143.
Watch: Professor David Webber discusses The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon
David Webber, The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon, Harvard University Press (2018).
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. PREREQUISITE/COREQUISITE: Business Fundamentals is a prerequisite; Corporations is a corequisite. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.SPRG 2018: LAW JD 883 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
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Shareholder Activism (S): LAW JD 928
The recent rise of shareholder activism has become one of the most important topics for investors, corporate managers, and lawyers, transforming the way that public companies are run. Investment funds of all types have turned to activist strategies, including hedge funds, mutual funds, pension funds, labor union funds, religious orders, and charitable foundations. These shareholders are no longer content to passively defer to senior managers and boards of directors while quietly collecting their dividends and hoping for share price appreciation. Some may demand specific business changes, others demand across-the board governance reforms, and still others may pursue environmental or social objectives. This course will explore the various forms of shareholder activism, and corporate responses to them. We will examine the debate over proxy access, say-on-pay initiatives, majority voting for directors, the corporate governance reform movement, corporate political activity, socially responsible investing, and shareholder litigation. In examining these issues we will discuss the costs and benefits of such activism. Students will also develop an appreciation for the institutional players that drive this activism, and for those that oppose it. Students should expect to hear from several guest speakers from all sides of the shareholder activist debate. PREREQUISITE: Corporations and Business Fundamentals (may be waived with instructor's permission). LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with the approval of the instructor. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** 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 2018: LAW JD 928 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
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In the Media
- December 19, 2018
David H. Webber's book discussed in the Financial Times. read more
- December 19, 2018
David H. Webber's book discussed in Forbes. read more
- October 11, 2018
David Webber discusses his recent book. read more
- August 31, 2018
David H. Webber quoted in Forbes. read more
- August 20, 2018
David Webber authors a piece for In These Times. read more
- June 26, 2018
David Webber featured in “Will Pension Fund Power be Dissolved,” Public Affairs Council. read more
- May 31, 2018
David Webber quoted by WSHU Public Radio. read more
- May 14, 2018
David Webber quoted in Los Angeles Times. read more
- May 7, 2018
David Webber quoted in Scientific American read more
- May 7, 2018
David Webber contributes to Los Angeles Times read more