Amy Sepinwall

Amy Sepinwall
  • Associate Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    642 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: corporate constitutional rights, gender and racial justice, individual and collective responsibility for corporate and financial wrongdoing

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Overview

Education

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

Career and Recent Professional Awards, Teaching Awards

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

Academic Positions Held

Wharton:

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

Other Positions:

Judicial clerk, The Honorable Louis H. Pollak, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2004-2005

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership:

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

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Research

Teaching

Past Courses

  • LGST100 - ETHICS & SOCIAL RESP

    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.

  • LGST221 - CONST LAW & FREE ENTERPR

    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.

  • LGST921 - FOUNDATIONS OF BUS LAW

    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.

Awards and Honors

  • Dean’s Research Fund award to pursue work on money and expressive implication., 2016
  • Dean’s Research Fund award to pursue work on complicity., 2015
  • Dean’s Research Fund award to pursue work on corporate conscience., 2014
  • Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research Award to pursue work on corporate conscience., 2014
  • Wharton Public Policy Initiative Summer Research Program Funding, 2013 Description

    Covered expenses for a full-time R.A. over summer 2013. 

  • Dean’s Research Fund award of $1500 to pursue work on constitutional commodification, 2013
  • Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research award of $3500 to pursue work on faultless wrongdoings, 2013
  • Dean’s Research Fund award of $3500 to pursue work on corporate moral personality, 2012
  • LGST Reach Fund award f $10,000 to pursue work on responsibility in corporate and international criminal law, 2012
  • Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research award of $3500 to pursue work on the Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine, 2012
  • Legal Studies Summer Research award of $10,000 to pursue work on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case, 2010
  • Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research award of $2500 to pursue work on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case, 2010

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Politics over Profit: When Is It Right to Turn Away Customers?

Following the Red Hen incident with Sarah Sanders, a question arises: How far should businesses go in expressing political views? Wharton and other experts weigh in.

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Awards and Honors

Dean’s Research Fund award to pursue work on money and expressive implication. 2016
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