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Neal F. Newman

Professor of Law
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Courses: Business Associations, Payment Systems, and Securities Regulation


Professor Newman joined the school as an associate professor in 2004. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Newman spent a year as a visiting professor at Florida State University. Before entering academia, Professor Newman was an associate at the venerable southeastern law firm of Alston & Bird, LLP in Atlanta, Ga., where he represented publicly held companies in mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactional matters.

Prior to entering the law profession, Professor Newman’s first career was that of public accountant. Drawing upon his background in accounting and his career as a corporate transactional lawyer representing publicly held companies, Professor Newman’s scholarship has explored issues where the disciplines of securities law and accounting issues intersect.

Professor Newman earned his J.D. with honors from Howard University School of Law where he served as the Student Bar Association treasurer for two consecutive terms. He earned his B.B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, majoring in accounting. Professor Newman is a certified public accountant, certified in the state of Michigan, where he practiced as a public accountant prior to entering law school. Additionally, Professor Newman was an All-American track athlete at the University of Michigan where he held the Big-Ten Indoor record for twelve years in the 800-meter run and competed in the 1992 Olympic trials.

Selected Publications

"The U.S. Move to International Accounting Standards -- A Matter of Cultural Discord -- How Do We Reconcile?, 39 University of  Memphis Law Review 835 (2009)  [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw] 

"The Carrot Approach to Accounting Standard Setting," 16 University of Miami Businsess Law Review 227 (2008) [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

"Enron and the Special Purpose Entities – Use or Abuse? – The Real Problem – The Real Focus,” 13 Southern Methodist University’s Law and Business Review of the Americas 97 (2007). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

“Enron’s Houdini – How They [Almost] Mastered the Illusion of Prosperity & Profitability,” Wesleyan Lawyer magazine, Fall/Winter 2006.