Joseph Leahy





Joseph K. Leahy
Associate Professor of Law

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

—Martin Luther King Jr.

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

—Robert F. Kennedy

BA, Swarthmore College
J.D., New York University School of Law

Areas of Expertise
corporations, agency and partnership, securities regulation


Phone: 713.646.2936

Office: 758K

Curriculum vitae (pdf)

Recent Publications:

A Decade After Disney: A Primer on Good and Bad Faith, 83 U. Cincinatti L. Rev.
(forthcoming 2015) (SSRN:

Corporate Political Contributions as Bad Faith, 86 U. Colo. L. Rev. 477

Are Corporate Super PAC Contributions Waste or Self-Dealing? A Closer Look, 79 Mo. L. Rev.
283 (2014) (SSRN:

The Irrepressible Myths of BarChris, 37 Del. J. Corp. L. 411 (2012)

Recent Presentations:

Presented, Corporate Political Contributions as Ultra Vires, Texas Legal Scholars Workshop, University of Houston Law Center, August 2015.

Presented, Corporate Political Contributions as Ultra Vires, National Business Law Scholars Conference, Seton Hall Law School, June 2015.









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