Eric Chaffee is director of faculty research and chair of the Project for Law & Business Ethics at the University of Dayton School of Law. He was awarded tenure and promoted to full professor in 2012. Professor Chaffee is an expert in the areas of business law, contract law, criminal law, nonprofit organizations and securities regulation.
Professor Chaffee’s scholarship currently focuses on financial regulatory reform with an emphasis on international regulation and regulation of the Internet. He also researches and writes about the application of moral psychology, neuroscience and behavioral economics to business ethics. In addition, he has previously published articles in the areas of federal securities regulation, constitutional law and Native American law.
Professor Chaffee is regularly invited to speak at symposia, conferences, workshops and other events in the United States and abroad. His recent speaking invitations include law review symposia at the American University Washington College of Law, the Ohio State University College of Law and the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has also spoken at a variety of other prestigious institutions, including Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center and Brown University. His recent speaking engagements include such locations as Athens, Greece; Leipzig, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; and Ottawa, Canada.
Professor Chaffee came to UDSL because of the institution’s innovative approach to learning and emphasis on service to the community. As he put it, “I like knowing that I'm helping to train the community leaders of tomorrow.” He has been honored by the students of the School of Law with four Professor of the Year awards. On May 19, 2012, he also received the Dean Francis J. Conte Special Service Award from the Alumni Association in recognition of his service to the school.
Prior to coming to the School of Law, Professor Chaffee was an attorney with Jones Day, where he handled civil and criminal matters and gained practical experience in numerous areas of law. His clients included LTV Steel, Procter & Gamble, Sherwin-Williams, Textron and Yahoo. He was also active in Jones Day’s pro bono and community service efforts.
Professor Chaffee has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations. He has served as the president and a trustee of the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa, an organization that annually gives more than 120 awards and scholarships to Northeast Ohio high school students. He also has sat on the board of the Law Academy at Martin Luther King Jr. School for Law and Municipal Careers, an institution committed to promoting excellence and diversity in the legal profession, and he has served as a director and the governance chair of the Domestic Violence Center in Cleveland. In addition, Professor Chaffee has previously been involved with United Way Services and Harvest for Hunger in Cleveland. As a law student at University of Pennsylvania Law School, Professor Chaffee spent time working at legal aid in both Philadelphia and Xenia, Ohio.
LAW 6010 Values and Ethics
LAW 6107 Criminal Law
LAW 6110 Contracts I
LAW 6215 Advanced Criminal Law
LAW 6508 White Collar Crime
LAW 6527 Nonprofit Organizations
LAW 6801 Business Organizations
LAW 6810 Contracts II
LAW 6890 Securities Regulation
LAW 6931 Small Business Planning
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2002
B.A., The Ohio State University, 1999
Areas of Law
Business Ethics and Governance
Domestic and International Securities Regulation
White Collar Crime
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: An Incomplete Vision for Combating Corruption in International Business Transactions, Ohio St. L.J. (forthcoming 2012).
Regulating Online Peer-to-Peer Lending in the Aftermath of Dodd-Frank: In Search of an Evolving Regulatory Regime for an Evolving Industry, 69 Washington & Lee L. Rev. 485 (2012) (with professor Geoffrey C. Rapp, The University of Toledo College of Law).
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: A Failed Vision for Increasing Consumer Protection and Heightening Corporate Responsibility in International Financial Transactions, American U. L. Rev. 1431 (2011).
Contemplating the Endgame: An Evolutionary Model for the Harmonization and Centralization of International Securities Regulation, 79 U. Cincinnati L. Rev. 587 (2011).
Finishing the Race to the Bottom: An Argument for the Harmonization and Centralization of International Securities Law, 40 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1581 (2010).
The Internationalization of Securities Regulation: The United States Government’s Role in Regulating the Global Capital Markets, 5 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 187 (2010).
A Moment of Opportunity: Reimagining International Securities Regulation in the Shadow of Financial Crisis, 15 NEXUS 29 (2010).
Standing Under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5: The Continued Validity of the Forced Seller Exception to the Purchaser-Seller Requirement, 11 U. Penn. J. Bus. L. 843 (2009).
Business Organizations and Tribal Self-Determination: A Critical Reexamination of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 25 Duke-Alaska L. Rev. 107 (2008).
Beyond Blue Chip: Issuer Standing to Seek Injunctive Relief Under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 Without the Purchase or Sale of Security, 36 Seton Hall L. Rev. 1135 (2006).
Sailing Toward Safe Harbor Hours: The Constitutionality of Regulating Television Violence, 39 U. Mich. J.L. Reform 1 (2005).