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Lynn Stout Distinguished Professor of Corporate & Business Law
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Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901


Carolyn Headlam
Cornell Law School
L46 Hughes Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Cornell Law School mourns the death of Lynn Stout, Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law, who died on April 16 at the age of 60 following a long struggle with cancer. An internationally recognized corporate law scholar, prolific writer, and accomplished speaker, Stout was also known as a passionate teacher and mentor.

Remembering Lynn Stout

Professor Stout was an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics, and moral behavior. She was the author of numerous articles and books on these topics and lectures widely. Her most recent book was The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations and the Public (Berrerr Koehler 2012), which was named 2012 Governance Book of the Year.

Professor Stout served on the Board of Governors of the CFA Institute, on the Financial Research Advisory Committee to the U.S. Treasury, as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program, as Executive Advisor to the Brookings Institution Project on Corporate Purpose, and as a Research Fellow for the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research.

She received a B.A. summa cum laude and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a J.D. from the Yale Law School.


B.A. Princeton, 1979
M.P.A. Princeton, 1982
J.D. Yale, 1982