Professor Urska Velikonja, Emory University of Law
Urska Velikonja teaches business law courses, including Securities Regulation and Mergers and Acquisitions. She writes primarily about securities regulation and enforcement.
Velikonja’s recent scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, Washington University Law Review and other journals. Her study of the SEC’s practice of granting waivers from automatic disqualifications triggered by securities enforcement has attracted interest in Congress and was discussed by SEC Commissioners. She has testified to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) about her work on the economic consequences of financial reporting fraud, which refutes the widely held belief that securities fraud primarily harms shareholders. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Financial Times and other media.
Velikonja joined Emory Law in 2013 after having spent two years at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She graduated first in her law class at the University of Ljubljana School of Law (undergraduate degree) in 2002 and received her LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 2003. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2009. Prior to entering academia, Velikonja clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and worked as a banking and finance associate with an Austrian law firm in her native Slovenia.
Professor Velikonja will be a visiting professor at the University of Chicago during the Fall 2015 term and at Duke University during the Spring 2016 term.