College of Law

Professor Eric Chaffee Named UToledo Distinguished University Professor

July 31, 2020

Eric Chaffee

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees confirmed Toledo Law Professor Eric Chaffee as a Distinguished University Professor effective July 1, 2020. The rank of Distinguished University Professor is the highest permanent honor that can be granted to a faculty member at the University.

Professors appointed to the rank of Distinguished University Professor have earned national or international recognition and distinction for their educational, artistic or scholarly contributions that have been transformative in their field.

A prolific writer, Professor Chaffee's scholarship focuses on business and tax law with an emphasis on securities regulation, cyberlaw, compliance, and business ethics. He is an author of the leading treatise on securities regulation in cyberspace. He is also an author of the leading textbook on international securities regulation.

"During my time at The University of Toledo, I have had the opportunity to interact and get to know a number of individuals who have been named Distinguished University Professors," said Chaffee. "Although these individuals come from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, they are uniformly extraordinary academics. I am deeply honored to receive this appointment, and I continue to be proud to be a part of the College of Law and The University of Toledo community."

Chaffee is regularly invited to speak at symposia, conferences, workshops, and other events across the United States and worldwide. He is also a co-founder of the National Business Law Scholars Conference, considered the nation's leading business law academic conference, and he currently sits on the organization's executive committee.

Chaffee teaches courses relating to business law, contract law, tax law, and trusts & estates. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Outstanding Professor Award for Dedication to Legal Education selected by the graduating class. In 2018, he received Toledo Law's Faculty Scholarship Award for his article, "The Origins of Corporate Social Responsibility," published in the University of Cincinnati Law Review. Chaffee also received the 2018 Beth Eisler First Year Teaching Award, which was selected by the first-year class. He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.

"Professor Chaffee is a prolific and accomplished scholar," said Dean D. Benjamin Barros. "His scholarship has had a wide impact on the academic literature. He also is a leader in the academy, organizing conferences and serving in leadership roles in the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Chaffee is an exceptionally gifted teacher, and has received many student-selected teaching awards. This is a very well-deserved recognition of Professor Chaffee's accomplishments."

For more information, read the announcement published earlier this year in UToledo News, "Distinguished University Professors Announced."

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