New legal expert analyzes ‘taboo trades’
The USC Gould School of Law has recruited Kim Krawiec, a prominent expert in forbidden markets, insider trading and the effects of diversity in the boardroom, from Duke Law School.
“We are fortunate to attract such a renowned scholar as Kim,” said Robert K. Rasmussen, dean of USC Gould. “This confirms once again that USC Gould is a destination school that attracts leading scholars from other highly respected law schools. At Gould, Kim joins faculty who have come to us from law schools such as Harvard, Chicago, Penn, Northwestern and Berkeley.”
Much of Krawiec’s current research analyzes “taboo trades” — exchanges that are contested by society and, in some cases, forbidden altogether. She focuses on incentives for organ donation, with an emphasis on nonfinancial inducements such as kidney swaps and priority systems.
Krawiec also studies the regulation of financial markets and business organizations. She is currently examining the administrative process surrounding the Volcker Rule, a complex and highly contested provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. She has spent the past several years researching corporate boards of directors.
“Through an ethnographic method, my research analyzes directors’ views on the workings of the corporate boardroom and board relations with management, with a special emphasis on directors’ views on race and gender diversity in the boardroom,” Krawiec said.
Krawiec was a Visiting Professor at USC in the fall and will join the USC Gould faculty on Aug. 1.
Krawiec said she is looking forward to continuing her research at USC Gould.
“USC is really a special place,” Krawiec said. “The USC law faculty combines an unusual dedication to intellectual engagement with a genuine affection for each other. I’m lucky to be a part of it.”
Krawiec earned her law degree from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University. She has taught law at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina, Harvard University and Northwestern University, where she received the Robert Childres Award for Teaching Excellence.
Before academia, Krawiec was a member of the Commodity & Derivatives Group at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell. She has served as a commentator for the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative of the American Bar Association and was on the faculty of the National Association of Securities Dealers Institute for Professional Development at the Wharton School of Business.