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Urska Velikonja

Professor of Law

LL.B., University of Ljubljana School of Law; LL.M., J.D., Harvard

Professor Velikonja teaches Securities Regulation, Contracts and Securities and Enforcement Seminar.  She previously taught at Emory University.  She writes primarily about securities regulation and enforcement. Velikonja’s...

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Professor Velikonja teaches Securities Regulation, Contracts and Securities and Enforcement Seminar.  She previously taught at Emory University.  She writes primarily about securities regulation and enforcement. Velikonja’s recent scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the California Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, and many other journals. Professor Velikonja’s work is regularly discussed by regulators and has been featured in major newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Financial Times and other media.

Professor Velikonja graduated first in her class at the University of Ljubljana School of Law in 2002 and received her LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 2003. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2009. Prior to entering academia, Velikonja clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and worked as a banking and finance associate with an Austrian law firm in her native Slovenia.

Featured Scholarship

  • Brief for Urska Velikonja and Joseph A. Grundfest as Amici Curiae in Support of Neither Party, Lucia v. SEC, No. 17-130 (U.S. Feb. 28, 2018).    [Gtown Law]
  • Urska Velikonja, Are the SEC's Administrative Law Judges Biased? An Empirical Investigation, 92 Wash. L. Rev. 315-370 (2017).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Reporting Agency Performance: Behind the SEC's Enforcement Statistics, 101 Cornell L. Rev. 901-980 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Securities Settlements in the Shadows, 126 Yale L.J. F. 124-138 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Distortion Other than Price Distortion, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev. 425-451 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
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Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Urska Velikonja, Behind the Annual SEC Enforcement Report: 2017 and Beyond, (working paper).    [SSRN]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Urska Velikonja, Are the SEC's Administrative Law Judges Biased? An Empirical Investigation, 92 Wash. L. Rev. 315-370 (2017).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Reporting Agency Performance: Behind the SEC's Enforcement Statistics, 101 Cornell L. Rev. 901-980 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Securities Settlements in the Shadows, 126 Yale L.J. F. 124-138 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Urska Velikonja, Distortion Other than Price Distortion, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev. 425-451 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Urska Velikonja, Politics in Securities Enforcement, 50 Ga. L. Rev. 17-41 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Urska Velikonja, Public Compensation for Private Harm: Evidence from the SEC's Fair Fund Distributions, 67 Stan. L. Rev. 331-395 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Urska Velikonja, Team Production and Securities Laws, 38 Seattle U. L. Rev. 725-737 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Urska Velikonja, Waiving Disqualification: When Do Securities Violators Receive a Reprieve?, 103 Cal. L. Rev. 1081-1137 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief for Urska Velikonja and Joseph A. Grundfest as Amici Curiae in Support of Neither Party, Lucia v. SEC, No. 17-130 (U.S. Feb. 28, 2018).    [Gtown Law]
  • Brief of Amici Curiae Law Professors in Support of Petitioners, Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver Cty. Emps. Ret. Fund, No. 15-1439 (U.S. Sept. 5, 2017).    [W]
  • Brief of Amici Curiae Law Professors in Support of Petitioners, Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver Cty. Emps. Ret. Fund, No. 15-1439 (U.S. June 27, 2016).    [W]
Recent scholarship

In the News

"Clayton Shifts SEC Focus To Retail Investors In First Year," coverage by Law 360, May 4, 2018, mentioning Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Supreme Court Weighs Arguments in Case Involving SEC’s In-House Judges," coverage in the Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2018, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja.

"This Upcoming SCOTUS Decision Could Hogtie the SEC," in Financial Advisor IQ, April 17, 2018, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Enforcement actions by Wall Street's sheriff lags in Trump's deregulatory regime," coverage by S&P Global, April 10, 2018, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.

"SEC fine of radio presenter puts watchdog on the line ," coverage in The Financial Times, March 22, 2018, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja.

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"Clayton Shifts SEC Focus To Retail Investors In First Year," coverage by Law 360, May 4, 2018, mentioning Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Supreme Court Weighs Arguments in Case Involving SEC’s In-House Judges," coverage in the Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2018, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja.

"This Upcoming SCOTUS Decision Could Hogtie the SEC," in Financial Advisor IQ, April 17, 2018, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Enforcement actions by Wall Street's sheriff lags in Trump's deregulatory regime," coverage by S&P Global, April 10, 2018, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.

"SEC fine of radio presenter puts watchdog on the line ," coverage in The Financial Times, March 22, 2018, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Profs Dispute Evidence Of Bias By SEC In-House Judges," coverage by Law 360, March 6, 2018, featuring on amicus brief co-filed by Professor Urska Velikonja in re: Lucia v. SEC, No. 17-130 (U.S. Feb. 28, 2018).

"Trump's Dark Deregulation," coverage in ProPublica, December 19, 2017, referencing a paper by Professor Urska Velikonja.

 

"SEC Reverses Policy on In-House Judges," coverage in Financial Advisor IQ, December 1, 2017, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja.

"The Numbers Don’t Lie: The SEC Pursues a More Streamlined Enforcement Agenda," coverage by The National Law Review, November 29, 2017, mentioning Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Trump Administration Questions Validity of SEC Judges," coverage by The Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2017, mentioning Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Wall Street’s watchdog is pursuing fewer cases since Trump took office", coverage by The Washington Post, November 23, 2017, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Has The SEC Gone Soft Under Trump? Enforcement Actions Are Down, But That's Deceptive," coverage by Forbes, November 21, 2017, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja's 2017 law review article.

"FDIC chief warns on looser regs; Wells cuts fee," by the American Banker, November 15, 2017, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.

"Wall Street Fines Fall During First Year of Trump Administration," by the Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2017, quoting Professor Urska Velikonja.  Professor Velikonja's research was also featured in the Washington Post,  Bloomberg News  and Business Insider in simliar articles.

"Verity Winship on Denials and Admissions in SEC Civil Enforcement," coverage in the Corporate Crime Reporter, May 2, 2017, that includes a reference to Visiting Professor Urska Velikonja's paper Reporting Agency Performance: Behind the SEC's Enforcement Statistics. 

"A Whack at Dodd-Frank Could Hamstring the S.E.C.," coverage in The New York Times, April 24, 2017, featuring Professor Urska Velikonja.

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