Professor Robert Jackson joins the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business

Robert Jackson Jr., a Pierrepont family law professor, will become director of the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business on September 1, Dean Trevor Morrison announced today. Law Professor Helen Scott and Professor of Practice and Emeritus Scholar-in-Residence Gerald Rosenfeld, who were among the founders of the program, will step down as co-directors while continuing to participate in the program.

Robert Jackson

“We are thrilled to have Rob Jackson playing a leading role in the pioneering interdisciplinary program that Jerry Rosenfeld and Helen Scott have established,” says Morrison. “The Jacobson Program is a signature offering at NYU Law, attracting dedicated and exceptional students and preparing them for leading roles in innovative careers at the intersection of law and business.”

“The Jacobson program provides NYU students with unparalleled opportunities to work at the intersection of law and business,” says Jackson. “From its curated curriculum to its close ties to NYU alumni who drive change in our markets, there’s simply no such thing as the Jacobson program anywhere in the world. Over the past fifteen years, Helen and Jerry have created an extraordinary community committed to nurturing the legal and business leaders who will help define our economic future. It is a privilege to be part of the leadership of the program.

Helen Scott
Helen Scott

Launched in 2007, the Jacobson Program is for students who aspire to a non-traditional career path that requires intensive training grounded in legal and business programs. Students can build an academic program, with guidance from faculty co-directors, tailored to their interests, drawing on curricula from NYU Law and NYU Stern School of Business. Unique features include a legal and business mentor network, designed to connect business-minded students with mentors in the corporate world, and a senior project in which students work independently or collaboratively in small teams and present their projects to a panel of teachers and alumni.

Former Jacobson Scholar Jordan Freisleben ’21, now a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, who was also Jackson’s teaching assistant in his corporate and investment banking courses, praises the The Jacobson Program’s emphasis on interdisciplinary education, professional mentorship, and the opportunities it provides for real-world work with an academic focus. “[The program] merges the academic and professional worlds in a really harmonious way,” she says, “and Rob, in his teaching approach, really embodies that too.

Co-director of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance at NYU Law and director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy, Jackson served as commissioner of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 2017 to 2020. Prior to his appointment to the SEC, Jackson taught at Columbia Law School, where students awarded him the Reese Award for Excellence in Teaching. Previously, he served as senior policy adviser to the US Treasury Department during the financial crisis and deputy to Kenneth Feinberg, the Treasury’s special master on executive compensation; he also practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and was an investment banker at Bear, Stearns. In addition to his JD from Harvard Law School, Jackson earned an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of Business and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Gerald Rosenfeld
Gerald Rosenfeld

“We are extremely proud of the Jacobson program and are thrilled with the leadership transition to Rob Jackson,” Scott said. “His enthusiasm for teaching and his extensive experience in finance, law and government make him an ideal candidate to lead the Jacobson program. Our students will benefit immensely from his unique and broad perspective on law and business. »

“Like the Jacobson program itself, Rob broke silos in his own career and engaged in the important intersection of business and legal issues,” Rosenfeld says. “It is a great pleasure to welcome him to the program.”

Posted May 31, 2022

Kevin E. Boling