Mitt Regan, Jr.


McDevitt Professor of Jurisprudence
Co-Director, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession

B.A., University of Houston; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., Georgetown

Areas of Expertise:

Human Rights Law, Legal Profession and Professional Ethics, National Security, Military, War and Peace

Mitt Regan is McDevitt Professor of Jurisprudence and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center. His work focuses on...

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Mitt Regan is McDevitt Professor of Jurisprudence and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center. His work focuses on organizational, cultural, and psychological aspects of ethical issues relating to the legal profession, business, and the national security and military settings.His work on ethics includes Eat What You Kill: The Fall of a Wall Street Lawyer, Confidence Games: Lawyers, Accountants, and the Tax Shelter Industry (with Tanina Rostain) and Legal Ethics in Corporate Practice (with Jeffrey Bauman).He also is the author of two books on family law and political theory, Alone Together: Law and the Meanings of Marriage and Family Law and the Pursuit of Intimacy. He is the co-editor with Anita Allen of Debating Democracy's Discontent: Essays on American Politics, Law and Public Philosophy.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Professor Regan is Distinguished Chair in Ethics at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy.He is also Adjunct Faculty Member at the Center for Military and Security Law at the Australian National University College of Law, and an International Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Centre for Professional Service Firms.

Before joining Georgetown, Professor Regan was an associate at the law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell, and served as law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on the U.S. Supreme Court and then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Featured Scholarship

  • Tanina Rostain & Milton C. Regan, Jr., Confidence Games: Lawyers, Accountants, and the Tax Shelter Industry (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. & Kath Hall, Lawyers in the Shadow of the Regulatory State: Transnational Governance on Business and Human Rights, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 2001-2037 (2016).    [W] [WWW]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. & Carole Silver, Lawyers and Globalization, 12 Ann. Rev. L. & Soc. Sci. (forthcoming).   
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. & Juliet R. Aiken, Gendered Pathways: Choice, Constraint, and Women's Job Movements in the Legal Profession, in Diversity in Practice: Race, Gender, and Class in Legal and Professional Careers 301-327 (Spencer Headworth et al. eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2016).   
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Juliet R. Aiken & Zachary B. Hutchinson, Lawyer Independence in Context: Lessons from Four Practice Settings, 29 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 153-206 (2016).    [HEIN] [W]
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Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. & Carole Silver, Lawyers and Globalization, 12 Ann. Rev. L. & Soc. Sci. (forthcoming).   

Books

  • Tanina Rostain & Milton C. Regan, Jr., Confidence Games: Lawyers, Accountants, and the Tax Shelter Industry (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. & Jeffrey Bauman, Legal Ethics and Corporate Practice (St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Eat What You Kill: The Fall of a Wall Street Lawyer (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press 2004).    [BOOK]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Alone Together: Law and the Meanings of Marriage (New York: Oxford University Press 1999).    [BOOK]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Family Law and the Pursuit of Intimacy (New York: New York University Press 1993).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Juliet R. Aiken & Zachary B. Hutchinson, Lawyer Independence in Context: Lessons from Four Practice Settings, 29 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 153-206 (2016).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. & Kath Hall, Lawyers in the Shadow of the Regulatory State: Transnational Governance on Business and Human Rights, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 2001-2037 (2016).    [W] [WWW]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. & Lisa H. Rohrer, Money and Meaning: The Moral Economy of Law Firm Compensation, 10 U. St. Thomas L.J. 74-151 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Nested Ethics: A Tale of Two Cultures, 42 Hofstra L. Rev. 143-174 (2013).    [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Tax Advisors and Conflicted Citizens, 16 Legal Ethics 322-349 (2013).    [Gtown Law]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. & Palmer T. Heenan, Supply Chains and Porous Boundaries: The Disaggregation of Legal Services , 78 Fordham L. Rev. 2137-2191 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Bruce MacEwen & Larry Ribstein, Law Firms, Ethics, and Equity Capital, 21 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 61-94 (2008).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Lawyers, Symbols, and Money: Outside Investment in Law Firms, 27 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 407-438 (2008).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Moral Intuitions and Organizational Culture, 51 St. Louis U. L.J. 941-987 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Lauren A. Weeman, Stephen Gillers, George W. Miller, John C. Keeney, Jr. & Mary Clark, Twenty Years of Legal Ethics: Past, Present, and Future, 20 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 321-346 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Legal Ethics: A Corporate Compliance Model?, 19 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 313-315 (2006).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Risky Business, 94 Geo. L.J. 1957-1984 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., 55 J. Legal Educ. 454-471 (2005) (reviewing Jean Stefancic & Richard Delgado, How Lawyers Lose Their Way: A Profession Fails Its Creative Minds (2005)).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Teaching Enron, 74 Fordham L. Rev. 1139-1249 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Ethics, Law Firms, and Legal Education, 55 Me. L. Rev. 363-372 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Corporate Norms and Contemporary Law Firm Practice, 70 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 931-943 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Taking Law Firms Seriously, 16 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 155-173 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Separation Anxiety, 4 Green Bag 2d 319-329 (2001) (reviewing Norma Basch, Framing American Divorce: From the Revolutionary Generation to the Victorians (1999)).    [W]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Calibrated Commitment: The Legal Treatment of Marriage and Cohabitation, 76 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1435-1466 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Law, Marriage, and Intimate Commitment, 9 Va. J. Soc. Pol’y & L. 116-152 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Foreword: Professional Responsibility and the Corporate Lawyer, 13 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 197-215 (2000).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. & Juliet R. Aiken, Gendered Pathways: Choice, Constraint, and Women's Job Movements in the Legal Profession, in Diversity in Practice: Race, Gender, and Class in Legal and Professional Careers 301-327 (Spencer Headworth et al. eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2016).   
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr. Taxes and Death: The Rise and Demise of an American Law Firm, in 52 Studies in Law, Politics and Society: Law Firms, Legal Culture, and Legal Practice 107-144 (Austin Sarat ed., Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press 2010).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Bankrupt in Milwaukee: A Cautionary Tale, in Legal Ethics Stories 203-232 (David Luban & Deborah L. Rhode eds., New York: Foundation Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Between Justice and Commitment, in Just Marriage 67-74 (Joshua Cohen & Deborah Chassman eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2004).    [BOOK]
  • Milton C. Regan, Jr., Morality, Fault, and Divorce Law, in Marriage in America: A Communitarian Perspective 219-231 (Martin King Whyte ed., Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield 2000).   
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