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Prof. Paul Vaaler Named to Mooty Chair in Law and Business

MAY 14, 2014—Prof. Paul Vaaler, a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, has been named the inaugural holder of the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law and Business. The appointment is made jointly by the Law School and the Carlson School, and as holder of the chair, Vaaler's principal responsibility will be to foster collaboration between the two institutions and to conduct research and teaching at the intersection of law and business.

Vaaler has been a member of the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship Department at the Carlson School since 2007. Prior to that he was on the faculty of Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) School of Business. His scholarly focus is strategic management and international business, with special interests in risk and investment by firms and individuals doing business in emerging-market countries. He is the author and editor of books published by MIT Press and Kluwer Academic Publishers, and articles published in Academy of Management Journal, Economics Letters, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Review of Development Economics, and Strategic Management Journal, among others. Vaaler is also a lawyer with private practice and government experience. He received his B.A. in history from Carleton College, his M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

"Paul is a wonderful addition to our business law program and will help us strengthen our connections to the Carlson School and the business community," said Dean David Wippman.

The John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law and Business was established in 2011 through the generosity of John (’44) and his son Bruce (’80) Mooty, both of the Minneapolis-based law firm Gray Plant Mooty. Both men have practiced extensively in the area of business law and are particularly known for their expertise in franchise law and mergers and acquisitions.

Paul Vaaler

Professor Paul Vaaler