W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School; Senior Faculty, The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Co-founder and Director, Financial Engines; Co-director, Stanford Directors’ College
Joseph A. Grundfest ’78 is a nationally prominent expert on capital markets, corporate governance, and securities litigation. His scholarship has been published in the Harvard, Yale, and Stanford law reviews, and he has been recognized as one of the most influential attorneys in the United States. Professor Grundfest founded the award-winning Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, which provides detailed, online information about the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. He also launched Stanford Law School’s executive education programs and continues to co-direct Directors’ College, the nation’s leading venue for the continuing professional education of directors of publicly traded corporations. In addition, he is a senior affiliated faculty member with the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance.
Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1990, Professor Grundfest was a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, served on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as counsel and senior economist for legal and regulatory matters, and was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Early in his career he was a research associate at the Brookings Institution and an economist and consultant with the RAND Corporation.
V. Duane Rath Professor of Accounting Emeritus at the Chicago Booth School of Business; Program Fellow, Stanford Law School; Visiting Professor of Accounting, Taxation, and Law, Stern School of Business, New York University; Co-Director, Directors’ Consortium
Roman L. Weil is an emeritus faculty member, teaching in 2013-14 at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, San Diego. Additionally, Weil studies financial literacy and corporate governance, an issue that arose in response to the many recent accounting scandals. His preliminary work suggested, correctly it turned out, that the financial literacy that corporate board audit committee members have is surprisingly weak and that the gains in shareholder wealth accompanying improvement in such financial literacy are both significant and large.
His approach to teaching emphasizes a fundamental understanding of the building blocks in accounting (asset, liability, revenue, and expense) that will enable students to keep learning and understanding as the world of business transactions changes over time. “In 20 years, they’ll have to understand new transactions and the accounting for them, which haven’t been conceived yet.”
Weil is director of the Chicago/Stanford/Tuck Directors’ Consortium, which he co-founded. Weil has also designed and implemented continuing education programs for partners at the accounting firms of Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as for employees at Goldman Sachs, Montgomery Wards, Merck, and William Blair and for business executives in Great Britain, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He also has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Princeton Economics Department, and NYU Stern School.
Professor and Associate Dean for Executive Education and Special Programs, Stanford Law School; Faculty Director, The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Co-director, Stanford Directors’ College
F. Daniel Siciliano is a legal scholar and entrepreneur with expertise in corporate governance, corporate finance, and immigration law. He is the faculty director of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, associate dean for executive education and special programs and co-director of Stanford’s Directors’ College. He is the senior research fellow with the Immigration Policy Center and a frequent commentator on the long-term economic impact of immigration policy and reform. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Siciliano co-founded and led LawLogix Group—named three times to the Inc. 500/5000 list. Siciliano serves as a governance consultant and trainer to board directors of several Fortune 500 companies and is a member of the Academic Council of Corporate Board Member magazine.
Executive Director, The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance
Evan is the Executive Director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, a joint initiative between Stanford Law School and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Stanford Directors’ College for Venture-Backed Company Directors (VCDC), the Stanford CYBER DAY: Cybersecurity for Directors and C-Level Executives program; and is the Co-Chair of the Rock Center International Advisory Council. In addition to being the senior academic staff member at the Rock Center, he lectures on corporate governance, venture capital and deals in Latin America. In the past few years he has also led the international expansion of Rock Center programs and partnerships in the Americas, Asia and Europe. Evan is also an Advisory Board Member for the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX).
Prior to his position at Stanford, Evan was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at a high-tech business incubator and consulting firm, facilitating the transfer, development and commercialization of technologies and fostering the growth of early-stage high-tech companies. Prior, he was an associate at a leading Chilean corporate law firm and a trainee with Allen & Overy’s Latin America Projects Group in Paris, France.
Evan holds a law degree (JD) (cum laude, 2002) from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree in Corporate Governance and Practice from Stanford Law School (2005). In addition, he was part of the exchange program “Cycle du Diplome” at Sciences-Po, Paris, France (2001).
Evan is a member of the State Bar of California and the Chilean Bar.
Paul Oyer is The Fred H. Merrill Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economics and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Labor Economics.
Paul does research in the field of personnel economics. He has done several studies of how firms pay and provide incentives for their workers. He looked at how salespeople and executives react to incentive systems and why some firms use broad-based stock option programs. He has also done work on how firms have adjusted their human resource practices to increases in legal barriers to dismissing workers. Paul has recently studied how random events early in a person’s career can have long-term ramifications. This work focuses on MBAs (especially investment bankers) and on PhD economists. Paul’s current projects include papers focusing on how firms select and recruit workers, including new MBAs and lawyers.
Before moving to the GSB in 2000, Paul was on the faculty of the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. In his pre-academic life, he worked for the management consulting firm of Booz, Allen and Hamiliton, as well as for the high technology firms 3Com Corporation and ASK Computer Systems. He hold a BA in math and computer science from Middlebury College, an MBA from Yale University, and an MA and PhD in economics from Princeton University. When not teaching or doing research, Paul tries to keep up with his two teenage children. He runs, swims, skis, plays a mean game of ping-pong, and keeps tabs on the Oakland A’s.