Margaret V. Sachs

Robert Cotten Alston Chair in Corporate Law

A.B., J.D., Harvard University

Courses: 

Securities Regulation
Securities Litigation & Enforcement
Corporations
Corporations Seminar

Biographical Information: 

Margaret V. Sachs is the holder of the Robert Cotten Alston Chair in Corporate Law and teaches courses in securities law and corporations. A native of Washington, D.C., she joined the Georgia Law faculty in 1990. Her principal academic interest is in the area of securities litigation, in which she has published a number of articles. She is the author (with Donna M. Nagy and Richard W. Painter) of the first casebook on securities litigation and enforcement, the third edition of which was published by West in 2011.

Sachs earned both her bachelor's degree and law degree from Harvard University. Upon graduation, she clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and practiced briefly with a large Wall Street law firm. She is a member of the American Law Institute.

Publications & Activities

CASEBOOK

Securities Litigation and Enforcement: Cases and Materials, 3d ed. (with Donna M. Nagy and Richard W. Painter) (Thomson/West, 2011)

Securities Litigation and Enforcement: Cases and Materials, 2d. ed. (with Donna M. Nagy and Richard W. Painter) (Thomson/West, 2007).

Securities Litigation and Enforcement: Cases and Materials (Thomson/West, 2003).

Teacher's Manual to Accompany Securities Litigation and Enforcement: Cases and Materials  (with Donna M. Nagy and Richard W. Painter) (Thomson/West, 2003).

ARTICLES

Social Proposals Under Rule 14a-8: A Fall-Back Remedy in an Era of Congressional Inaction, 2 U.C. Irvine L. Rev. 931 (2012) (Symposium on Business Law as Public Interest Law).

Materiality and Social Change: The Case for Replacing "The Reasonable Investor" with "The Least Sophisticated Investor" in Inefficient Markets, 81 Tul. L.Rev. 473 (2006).

Women in Corporate Law Teaching: A Tale of Two Generations, 65 Md. L. Rev. 666 (2006) (women and corporate governance symposium).

Harmonizing Civil and Criminal Enforcement of Federal Regulatory Statutes:  The Case of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 2001 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1025 (2001), reprinted, 44 Corporate Prac. Commentator 199 (2002).

Judge Friendly and the Law of Securities Regulation: The Creation of a Judicial Reputation, 50 SMU L. Rev. 777 (1997), reprinted in 39 Corp. Prac. Commentator 405 (1997) and 1998 Sec. L. Rev. 647.

Freedom of Contract: The Trojan Horse of Rule 10b-5, 51 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 879 (1994), reprinted in 37 Corp. Prac. Commentator 103 (1995).

Are Local Governments Liable Under Rule 10b-5? Textualism and Its Limits, 70 Wash. U. L.Q. 19 (1992).

The International Reach of Rule 10b-5: The Myth of Congressional Silence, 28 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 677 (1990).

Exclusive Federal Jurisdiction for Implied Rule 10b-5 Actions: The Emperor Has No Clothes, 49 Ohio St. L.J. 559 (1988).

The Relevance of Tort Law Doctrines to Rule 10b-5: Should Careless Plaintiffs be Denied Recovery?, 71 Cornell L. Rev. 96 (1985), reprinted in 1987 Sec. L. Rev. 113.

Claiming Illegal Electronic Surveillance: An Examination of 18 U.S.C. § 3504(a)(1), 11 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 632 (1976).