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Gillian Hadfield
Professor
University of Southern California

Gillian Hadfield is the Richard L. and Antoinette Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. She studies the design of legal and dispute resolution systems in advanced and developing market economies.

Professor Hadfield joined the USC Law faculty in 2001 and is Co-Director of the USC Center for Law, Economics and Organization, and Co-Director of the Southern California Innovation Project funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Her publications include most recently, Legal Barriers to Innovation: The Growing Economic Cost of Professional Regulation of Corporate Legal Markets (Stanford Law Review, 2008).

Professor Hadfield holds a B.A.H. from Queen's University; a J.D. from Stanford Law School; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. She served as clerk to Chief Judge Patricia Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, she was on the law faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Toronto, and a member of the faculty of the Global Law School at New York University and the European School for New Institutional Economics.

In the fall of 2008, Professor Hadfield will be Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School. She was a 2006-07 fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1993. She is past president of the Canadian Law and Economics Association and Director of the American Law and Economics Association.

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Michael Traynor American Law Institute
Henry Farber Princeton University
Deborah W. Meier NYU Steinhardt School of Education
Christopher Cerf Office of the Mayor of New York City
Geoff Mulgan Young Foundation
Gary Burtless Brookings Institution

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