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Harold Hestnes
Partner (retired), Wilmer Hale

For over forty years, Harold Hestnes practiced general litigation with an emphasis on public law issues, particularly antitrust and regulatory matters affecting the oil, gas and electric power industries. He retired from active practice in 2007.

Mr. Hestnes is a prior chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, director and secretary of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and is past chairman and a member of the Boston Coordinating Committee. He has served as chairman of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Weston, and as director and chairman of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of CareGroup, MassINC and the Vermont Historical Society.

From 1961-62, Mr. Hestnes served as counsel to Governor John A. Volpe.

- J.D., Boston College Law School, 1961
- LL.M., Harvard University, 1962
- M.P.A., Harvard University, 1962
- A.B., Harvard University, 1958

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Renee M. Jones
Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

Professor Renee Jones teaches and writes in the corporate area.  Her courses at BC Law include Corporations, Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance and Current Topics in Securities Regulation. 

Her scholarship focuses on corporate governance, corporate ethics and the federal-state relationship in corporate regulation.  She has written several important articles on corporate federalism.  Her article Rethinking Corporate Federalism in the Era of Corporate Reform (Iowa Journal of Corporate Law) was reprinted in Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the top corporate law articles of the year.  It was also selected for presentation to the Section on Securities Regulation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in January 2004. 

During the 2005-2006 academic year Professor Jones held a prestigious fellowship at Harvard University‚Äôs Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, where she examined the relationship between corporate law and the ethics of American corporate leaders.  Her article Law, Norms, and the Breakdown of the Board: Promoting Accountability in Corporate Governance (Iowa Law Review) analyzes the influence of social norms on the conduct of corporate officers and directors.  The article recommends reforms to the director liability regime to better motivate corporate officials to fulfill their fiduciary duties.  Professor Jones presented this article in January 2007 to the Section on Business Associations at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools as part of a distinguished panel discussing recent Delaware court decisions in the landmark Walt Disney Company Derivative Litigation.

Among her many professional and community activities, Professor Jones has served as Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association.  She has also served as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the editorial board of Human Rights Magazine, and the New England Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Before joining BC Law in 2002, Professor Jones practiced for eight years at the Boston law firm Hill & Barlow where she represented private and public companies on corporate and securities matters.

She holds an A.B., Princeton University and a J.D., Harvard University.

Professor Jones blogs at: Corporate Law and Democracy.

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