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Leigh Anenson

Associate Professor

Department: 
Logistics, Business & Public Policy
Office: 
3429 Van Munching Hall
Phone: 
(301) 405-4105
Education: 
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, with distinction; J.D., University of Akron School of Law, magna cum laude
Bio: 

Professor Anenson is an Associate Professor of Business Law at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and a Senior Fellow in the Department of Business Law & Taxation at Monash University.  She is an Associate Director of the interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime (C-BERC) and an Affiliate Faculty to the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  She is the Core Coordinator for the business law curriculum and helped form the new Business Law Fellows Program.  She serves as a faculty advisor to the Business Law Society and to the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity.  She was honored with the Smith School Top 15 Percent Teaching Awards for the 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2012-2013 academic years.

Professor Anenson’s primary expertise is in American equity law.  Equitable principles arise in a variety of commercial settings comprising unfair competition, contracts, corporate governance, and financial fraud.  Professor Anenson has focused her research on equitable defenses, including laches, unclean hands, and estoppel.  Her studies have been attempting to build a theoretical foundation for these historic defenses in modern litigation.  She is currently developing a theory of statutory discretion for the clean hands doctrine in federal regulation. Her secondary research stream is interdisciplinary and involves pension law and policy.  Her most recent article, “Reforming Public Pensions,” is forthcoming in the Yale Journal of Law & Policy.

Professor Anenson’s research has earned numerous awards, including the two most prestigious international awards given by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB).  (Hoeber Awards, 2005, 2006, 2007) (Holmes-Cardozo Awards, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009).  Several of her articles have been published in the leading business law journal, as well as in journals at top law schools.  Her research has been widely cited in academic articles, leading law textbooks, and court opinions.

Professor Anenson has held visiting fellowships in commercial equity law at the University of Cambridge, the University of Sydney, and the Australian National University.  She is a former Staff Editor of the American Business Law Journal and Executive Articles Editor of the International Business Law Review. She is past President of the International Section of the ALSB as well as its Pacific Southwest Region. Professor Anenson is a former recipient of the academy’s Early Career Achievement Award.

Prior to academia, Professor Anenson held positions in industry and law as an export manager, international business consultant, judicial attorney, and commercial litigator. She joined the Smith School faculty in 2007.