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Regulation and Coordination

The Program in Regulation and Coordination takes as a guiding principle that effective, efficient, and politically stable regulation requires balanced social, legal, and economic objectives. This program examines traditional approaches to regulation, as well as emerging market-based strategies, including alternative regulatory tactics such as voluntary, informational, and cooperative policies. It also focuses on strategies that use regulation to coordinate economic activity both within countries and globally. A key goal of the program is to develop models and insights relevant to regulation in general, regardless of policy area.

Adam Feibelman, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Sumter Davis Marks Professor of Law, is director of this program. Feibelman’s teaching and research focus on bankruptcy law, regulation of financial institutions, legal issues related to sovereign debt and international monetary law. As director of the program, Feibelman will lead an ongoing regulation workshop in that will commence in Spring 2015.

A meaningful program on regulation requires practitioner involvement, including policy makers and legal and business leaders. Fortunately, potential collaborators in the Law School and Freeman School of Business already work closely with numerous public agencies, regulators, and corporations. We also plan to draw on experts on international regulation to increase the scope and reach of our program.

In order to further strengthen our expertise, we established a visiting assistant professorship in the School of Law aimed at newly graduated legal academics. The 2014-2016 Visiting Assistant Professor at the Law School is Dr. Nicholas Almendares. He is an expert on the use of alternative legal strategies in regulation.

There is also a Murphy faculty member in the School of Law, Dr. Ann M. Lipton, who joined us in 2015 after two years as a visiting assistant professor at Duke University School of Law, where she taught securities litigation and a seminar on the financial crisis. Dr. Lipton is an experienced securities and corporate litigator who has handled class actions involving some of the world’s largest companies. Lipton clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edward Becker before handling securities and corporate litigation at the trial and appellate levels at law firms in New York City. She also worked briefly for the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a scholar, Lipton explores corporate functioning and the relationships between corporations and investors. She has articles forthcoming in the Georgetown Law Journal, Washington University Law Review and the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy. She also blogs regularly for the Business Law Prof Blog.

Lastly, Jianjing Lin is the postdoctoral fellow for the Regulation Policy Program, with a health emphasis. Originally from China, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Her research interests include topics in Industrial Organization, Health Economics and Applied Econometrics. Her current research focuses on hospitals’ adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT). In her studies, she applies structural modeling to evaluate which IT systems hospitals use. She is also interested in how the adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) impacts hospitals’ billing practices.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.