Usha Rodrigues

Associate Professor of Law

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


Non-Public Business Associations
Contracts II
Business Planning

Biographical Information

Usha Rodrigues joined Georgia Law in the fall of 2005 and was named an associate professor in 2010. Currently, she leads courses in contracts, business associations and business planning.

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 3rd Circuit.

Her scholarly interests lie in corporate law, corporate governance and corporate legal history. She is the author of "From Loyalty to Conflict: Addressing Fiduciary Duty at the Officer Level" in the Florida Law Review, "The Fetishization of Independence" in the Journal of Corporation Law, "The Seductive Comparison of Shareholder and Civic Democracy" in the Washington & Lee Law Review and "Let the Money Do the Governing" in the Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance. Other recent articles include "Placebo Ethics" in the Virginia Law Review, "Corporate Governance in an Age of Separation of Ownership from Ownership" in the Minnesota Law Review and "Entity and Identity" in the Emory Law Journal. She also blogs for The Conglomerate, and she has served as the reporter for the American Bar Association's Special Task Force on the Impact of the Troubled Asset Relief Program on Corporate Governance.

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


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

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).

Usha Rodrigues

Contact Information

University of Georgia
School of Law
304 Rusk Hall
Athens, GA 30602

Phone: (706) 542-5562
Fax: (706) 542-7404

Administrative Support

Stacy Harvey
Phone: (706) 542-1195

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