Professor Renee Jones currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at BC Law. She teaches and writes in the areas of corporate and securities law. Her courses at BC Law include Corporations, Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance and a Financial Regulation Seminar. She received her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School. In 2005-2006, she was the Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. Professor Jones is a member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She has also served as the Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association. She received the Faculty Award for Inspirational Achievement from the Boston College Law Business & Law Society in 2010.
Professor Jones’s scholarship focuses on corporate governance and the federal-state relationship in corporate regulation. She also writes about the impact of enforcement practices on corporate ethics and integrity. Her recent article, The "Unicorn Governance Trap," published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, highlights the risks posed by the increasing number of unicorns (private companies valued at $1 billion or more) to investors, employees, consumers and society. Professor Jones recently testified on this topic before the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets of the House Financial Services Committee at a hearing entitled Examining Private Market Exemptions as a Barrier to IPOs and Retail Investment. She also discussed her research on unicorn risks at the Annual Meeting of the North American Securities Administrators Association in 2018. Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on corporate and securities law issues. She has appeared at conferences at law schools and professional societies across the country and abroad.
Among her many professional and community activities, Professor Jones has served as Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association. She has also served as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, the editorial board of Human Rights Magazine, and the New England Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Before joining BC Law in 2002, Professor Jones practiced for eight years at the Boston law firm Hill & Barlow where she represented private and public companies on corporate and securities matters.