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George B. Shepherd

Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Corporate Law, Civil Procedure, Education Law, Law and Economics


Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Corporate Finance, Evidence


George Shepherd was a judicial clerk and practiced law for four years before entering graduate school in economics. Since joining the Emory Law faculty in fall 1995, he has published, among other papers, "No African-American Lawyers Allowed: The Inefficient Racism of the ABA's Accreditation of Law Schools," Journal of Legal Education (2003); "Words Without Meaning: The Constitution, Confessions, and Mentally Retarded Suspects," with Morgan Cloud, Alison Barkoff and Justin Shur, University of Chicago Law Review (2002); "An Empirical Study of the Economics of Pretrial Discovery," International Review of Law & Economics (1999); "Time and Money: Discovery Leads to Hourly Billing," with Morgan Cloud, University of Illinois Law Review (1999); and "Fierce Compromise: The Administrative Procedure Act Emerges from New Deal Politics," Northwestern Law Review (1996) (winner of the 1997 Award for Scholarship from the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, which honors the year's best paper in administrative law).

In addition, his work on the economic impact of tort reforms has received much attention, including a feature story in the Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal also favorably reviewed his book Rejected: Leading Economists Ponder the Publication Process (1995).

Education: PhD (Economics), Stanford University, 2004; JD, Harvard Law School, 1986 (cum laude); BA, Yale University, 1982 (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude)