Cornell Law graduates seeking admission to the New York bar this year will encounter a familiar face. Charles K. Whitehead, the Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law and director of the new Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Program at the Law School, is on the faculty of the New York Law Course (NYLC), a new online program that must be taken by all New York bar candidates.
The NYLC, along with the companion New York Law Exam, was created at the direction of the New York Court of Appeals. It arrives in conjunction with New York's adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination, a nationally standardized test for law practitioners that, thus far, has been adopted by twenty states and the District of Columbia.
Whitehead was tapped to teach the Business Relationships section of the NYLC, which covers corporate and business organizations law. Prior to becoming a law professor, Whitehead practiced law in the United States, Europe, and Asia as outside counsel and general counsel of several multinational firms. His practice included IPOs and other exempt and registered securities offerings, acquisitions and other strategic transactions, derivatives and other complex financial instruments, and loan and other credit transactions.
The Board of Law Examiners identified the topics to be covered in the Business Relationships section and Whitehead created the content. "It was a challenge to fit all of the material into the allotted time," noted Whitehead. "But the response from colleagues, students, and others has been positive."
"I'm honored to have been selected to participate in the inaugural program and, in particular, to teach the section on business law, part of what I also teach at Cornell," remarked Whitehead. "The faculty of the new course is a cross section of leading members of the bar, including professors, practitioners, and judges, and I'm pleased to have been included among them."