Research Interests: corporate constitutional rights, gender and racial justice, individual and collective responsibility for corporate and financial wrongdoing, law and religion
Ph.D., Georgetown University (2011, with distinction); J.D., Yale Law School, 2004; M.A., McGill University (Philosophy and Bioethics), 1999; B.A., McGill University (Joint Honors: English and Philosophy), 1997
Distinguished Proceedings Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2016
Virginia Maurer Best Ethics Paper Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2015
Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 2007-2008
2009-2011 – Lecturer;
2011 to 2016 – Assistant Professor;
2016 to date — James G. Campbell, Jr. Memorial Term Assistant Professor.
Previous appointment Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Winter 2009
Judicial clerk, The Honorable Louis H. Pollak, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004-2005
Board Member and Board Development Chair, Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance, a non-profit organization devoted to socially and environmentally responsible ways of improving quality of life for downtown Baltimore families, Baltimore, MD, 2008-2009
Amy Sepinwall, “Conscientious Objection, Complicity and Accommodation”. In Law, Religion and Health in the United States, edited by I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Lynch, Elizabeth Sepper, (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
Amy Sepinwall (2015), Conscience and Complicity: Assessing Pleas for Religious Exemptions In Hobby Lobby’s Wake, U. Chicago L. Rev., 82.
Amy Sepinwall (2015), Corporate Piety and Impropriety: Hobby Lobby’s Extension of RFRA Rights to For-Profit Corporations, Harvard Business Law Review.
Amy Sepinwall (2014), Responsible Shares and Shared Responsibility: In Defense of Responsible Corporate Officer Liability, Columbia Bus. L. Rev., 371 (2014), p. 371.
Amy Sepinwall, “Education by Corporation: The Merits and Perils of For-Profit Higher Education for a Democratic Citizenry”. In Corporations and Citizenship, edited by Greg Urban, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)
This course explores business responsibility from rival theoretical and managerial perspectives. Its focus includes theories of ethics and their application to case studies in business. Topics include moral issues in advertising and sales; hiring and promotion; financial management; corporate pollution; product safety; and decision-making across borders and cultures.
The course explores the fundamentals of U.S. constitutional doctrine and adjudication, with an emphasis on commercial and business issues and implications of constitutional law. The course starts by considering the Constitution and the structure and relationship of the governmental entities it establishes and upon which it depends. Special attention is given to the role of the federal courts, especially the Supreme Court, in interpreting and applying constitutional principles. From this foundation, the course moves on to examine in detail the major economic and business implications of constitutional law in different eras of the nation's history. A core theme is how historical events and changing notions of public policy have affected and been affected by the evolution of constitutional doctrine.
The seminar explores the growing academic literature in business ethics. It also provides participants an opportunity to investigate an ethical issue of their choosing in some depth, using their field of specialty as context. The seminar assumes no previous exposure to business ethics. Different business ethics theories and frameworks for investigating issues will be discussed, including corporate social responsibility, corporate moral agency, theories of values, and corporate governance. In turn, these theories will be applied to a range of issues, both domestic and international. Such issues include: corruption in host countries, the management of values in modern corporations, the ethical status of the corporation, ethics in sophisticated financial transactions (such as leveraged derivative transactions), and gender discrimination in the context of cultural differences. Literature not only from business ethics, but from professional and applied ethics, law, and organizational behavior will be discussed. Often, guest speakers will address the seminar. At the discretion of the class, special topics of interest to the class will be examined. Students will be expected to write and present a major paper dealing with a current issue within their major field. The course is open to students across fields, and provides integration of ideas across multiple business disciplines.
This course will introduce students to basic jurisprudential discussions and debates that relate to understanding business in society. Topics will include a general overview of the nature of law and its relationship to ethics; history of legal thought, business in society; theories of contract, torts, and property; criminal law as it applies to business situations; and theories of the business enterprise and its regulation. Selected topics will also be chosen in accordance with the interest of participants in the seminar.
Covered expenses for a full-time R.A. over summer 2013.
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