Usha Rodrigues

Associate Dean for Faculty Development & M.E. Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law

B.A., Georgetown University
M.A., University of Wisconsin
J.D., University of Virginia


Contracts II
Lifecycle of the Corporation
Business Ethics

Biographical Information: 

Usha Rodrigues serves as the University of Georgia School of Law's associate dean for faculty development. She joined the law school's faculty in the fall of 2005 and was named the holder of the M.E. Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law in 2014. Currently, she leads courses in contracts and business ethics, and business associations.

As associate dean, she will work closely with the law school’s faculty, especially its untenured professors, to expand and promote scholarly activities.

Prior to coming to Athens, Rodrigues was a corporate associate with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Reston, Va., where she specialized in corporate law and technology transactions. She also served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Her work has appeared in the Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, Fordham, Emory, Florida, Kentucky and Washington and Lee law reviews. She has also published in online fora of the Vanderbilt, UCLA, Texas and Harvard Business law reviews and in the peer-reviewed Journal of Corporate Finance.

Rodrigues earned her bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Georgetown University, her master's degree in comparative literature summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin and her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Publications & Activities


What All-Cash Companies Tell Us About IPOs and Acquisitions, J. Corp. Fin. (forthcoming).

Dictation and Delegation in Securities Regulation, 92 Ind. L.J. 435 (2017).

Mispricing Corruption, 31 J.L. & Pol. 45 (2015).

The Once and Future Irrelevancy of Section 12(g), 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1529 (2015).

The Effect of the JOBS Act on Underwriting Spreads, 102 Ky. L.J. 925 (2014).

Ethical Issues for Transactional Attorneys Here and Abroad, 15 Transactions: Tenn. J.Bus. L. 593 (2014) (with C. Gofoth, C. Morgan and C. Plump).

A Conflict Primacy Model of the Public Board, 2013 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1051 (2013).

In Search of Safe Harbor: Suggestions for the New Rule 506(c), 66 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 29 (2013).

Exit, Voice, and Reputation: The Evolution of SPACs, 37 Del. J. Corp. L. 849 (2013) (with M. Stegemoller).

Securities Law's Dirty Little Secret, 81 Fordham L. Rev. 3389 (2013).

SPACs and the JOBS Act, 3 Harv. Bus. L. Rev. Online 17 (2012).

Entity and Identity, 60 Emory L.J. 1257 (2011).

Corporate Governance in an Age of Separation of Ownership from Ownership, 95 Minn. L. Rev. 1822 (2011).

The Power of Warm Glow, 88 Tex. L. Rev. See Also 149 (2010).

Placebo Ethics: A Study in Securities Disclosure Arbitrage, 96 Va. L. Rev. 1 (2010) (with M. Stegemoller).

From Loyalty to Conflict: Addressing Fiduciary Duty at the Officer Level, 61 Fla. L. Rev. 1 (2009).

The Fetishization of Independence, 33 J. Corp. Law 447 (2008).

An Inconsistency in SEC Disclosure Requirements? The Case of the "Insignificant" Private Target, 13 J. Corp. Fin. 251 (2007) (with M. Stegemoller).

The Seductive Comparison of Shareholder and Civic Democracy, 63 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1389 (2007).

Let the Money Do the Governing: The Case for Reuniting Ownership and Control, 9 Stan. J.L. Bus. & Fin. 254 (2004).

Race to the Stars: A Federalism Argument for Leaving the Right of Publicity in the Hand of the States, 87 Va. L. Rev. 1201 (2001).