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Renee Jones

Professor and Thomas F. Carney Scholar

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Renee Jones is a professor and the Thomas F. Carney Scholar at Boston College Law School. From the 2018-2019 through 2020-2021 academic years, she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She teaches and writes about corporate and securities law, and the impact of enforcement practices on corporate ethics and integrity. Her courses include Corporations, Securities Regulation, Startup Company Governance, and Financial Regulation. In 2010, she received the Faculty Award for Inspirational Achievement from the Boston College Law Business & Law Society.

Jones’ scholarship focuses on corporate governance and the federal-state relationship in corporate regulation. A frequent commentator on corporate and securities law issues, she has appeared at conferences at law schools and professional societies across the country and abroad. 

Jones’ recent article, The "Unicorn Governance Trap," published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, highlights the risks posed by the increasing number of unicorns (private companies valued at $1 billion or more) to investors, employees, consumers, and society. She recently testified on this topic before the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets of the House Financial Services Committee and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee.

Among her many professional and community activities, Jones is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Law and Economic Policy, Governing Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Reinsurance Plan, and American Law Institute. She has served as a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, Human Rights Magazine's editorial board, and New England Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She has also co-chaired the Boston Bar Association’s Securities Law Committee.

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. From 2005-2006, she was the Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.