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Kent Greenfield

Professor and Dean's Distinguished Scholar

Biography

An internationally-recognized scholar of constitutional law and corporate governance, Kent Greenfield is Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School, Greenfield is the author of three books, including Corporations are People Too (And They Should Act Like It) for Yale University Press. He is a frequent public commentator on broadcast and cable news programs, having appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, and Fox. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Slate, SCOTUSBlog, the Boston Globe, the American Prospect, Salon, and the Nation. Greenfield clerked for Justice David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court and practiced at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. He has also published numerous scholarly articles in leading legal journals including the Yale Law Journal and the Virginia Law Review.

Greenfield has lectured at 120 institutions in 40 states and ten countries, and has been the recipient of four teaching awards while at Boston College. He is also an active participant in various litigation matters pertaining to civil rights and corporate accountability. He was the Founder and President of the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), the named plaintiff in a 2006 Supreme Court case challenging the Pentagon’s anti-gay policies; he was instrumental in developing the theory of the cases brought against Unocal Corporation and Hershey Corporations for alleged human rights violations in Burma and West Africa; and he co-authored an amicus brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission arguing that the Supreme Court should not extend religious freedom rights to for-profit corporations.