Robert Eli Rosen is Professor of Law at the University of Miami. He earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1974, an M.A. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977, a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Berkeley in 1984. He joined the law faculty of the University of Miami in 1984. During the 1987-1988 academic year, Professor Rosen was on leave at Harvard University as a fellow in Harvard’s Program in Ethics and the Professions, and in 1994 he was a research scholar at Stanford Law School. He teaches courses in professional responsibility, business associations, sociology of law, and contracts. He consults with law firms and legal departments in addition to teaching and continuing research on lawyers and corporate governance.
While the research underlying this book is a quarter century old, it remains fresh. Rosen interviewed outside counsel, in-house counsel and clients, and thereby was not captured by the self-serving perspective of any one group. Corporate law is practiced and applied within organizations, and Rosen's sociological vantage point helps him illuminate the complexities lawyers face operating in organizational settings. Rosen went deep into the organizations in a way no other legal scholar has, and so achieved insights that even today can be startling. It doesn't answer every question, and I don't agree with every perspective Rosen brings to the task, but if you want to think as a lawyer or a scholar about how legal organizations really work, this should be on your short list.
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