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Wagner Fellowship in Law and Business

This graduate research fellowship honors Leonard Wagner, a Wall Street professional of high integrity.

Wagner Fellow
Anat Carmy Wiechman

Anat Carmy Wiechman’s research and teaching interests include corporate law, empirical legal scholarship, law and finance, and securities regulation. Her current research focuses on the regulatory enforcement regime of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Anat earned her LL.B. degree in 2006 from Tel-Aviv University, magna cum laude. Upon graduation, she joined the litigation group of one of Israel’s leading law firms, Amit Pollak Matalon & Co. where she worked until moving to NYC and joining Tuckner Sipser Weinstock & Sipser, LLP in April 2008 as a special counsel. 

Anat earned her LL.M. degree from NYU School of law in May 2011. During her studies at NYU School of Law, she served as a research assistant to Professor Stephen Choi and as a teaching assistant to Professor Mary Holland. Upon graduation, she served as an associate at Tuckner Sipser Weinstock & Sipser, LLP until accepting the position of a junior research scholar with the NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business in September 2013. She has published in the American Law and Economics Review, and in the Precedent and the Law: Reports to the XVIIth Congress International Academy of Comparative Law, Utrecht, 16-22 July 2006.

Thanks to a generous grant of the Leonard Wagner Testamentary Trust, the Center for Law & Business offers a one-year graduate research fellowship to help develop future law academics with an interest in the social control of business institutions and the social responsibility of business. The Center is currently accepting applications for the Wagner Fellowship in Law & Business for the 2013-2014 academic year.


Applicants must hold a J.D. degree and have practiced law for 2 years. Preference is given to applicants with a research interest in the legal regulation of business and ethics, and to those who have a degree from NYU School of Law. Fellows are expected to make a full-time commitment to their graduate research at the Center.


The Wagner Fellow will receive a stipend of $35,000 plus benefits.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit the following materials:
Statement describing academic and research interests
Proposal for the research project during the Fellowship year
Curriculum Vitae
Law School Academic Transcripts
A letter of recommendation
A writing sample, preferably a scholarly paper written in the past two year

Please direct all materials to Stephen Choi and David Yermack, Directors. Our preference is for materials to be e-mailed to Harold Jennings at hjenning@stern.nyu.edu, followed by a physical copy mailed to the NYU Center for Law & Business at 139 MacDougal Street, 1st Floor 100F, New York, NY  10012.

Please direct inquiries to Harold Jennings at hjenning@stern.nyu.edu or: (212) 998-0565.

Applications must be received by April 1st and will be reviewed by the Center's selection committee.  The decision is announced in May.
Past Fellows:

Wagner Fellow
Ofer Eldar

Ofar Eldar PictureOfer Eldar’s research and teaching interests include corporate law, organizational design, law and economics, and international economic law. His current research focuses on the law and economics of social enterprise and hybrid forms of organization. Ofer earned his LL.M. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. in law from Cambridge University. He is also a J.S.D./M.A. candidate at the Yale Law School and Economics department. Between 2005 and 2009, Ofer practiced as a corporate attorney, first in London with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and from 2007 in New York with Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP. You may review his SSRN page by clicking here.

Wagner Fellow
David H. Webber

Pollack webberDavid's research and teaching interests include securities and corporate law, corporate governance, shareholder rights, and class actions. Prior to becoming a Wagner Fellow, David litigated securities and corporate law cases in New York and clerked for a federal judge. David graduated from NYU Law School, where he was a Notes Development Editor for the New York University Law Review and a Lawrence Lederman/Milbank Tweed Fellow in Law and Business. He earned his B.A. from Columbia University, magna cum laude, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. This summer, David will join the faculty of Boston University Law School as an Associate Professor of Law.

Wagner Fellow
William Bunting

William graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Carleton College in 2000. In 2006, he received his J.D. from NYU Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar and is currently pursing a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.

His primary research interests are in industrial organization, with a particular focus on antitrust and regulatory policy, political economy, and contract law, with a particular focus on psychology and economics. His recent work includes an examination of the behavioral underpinnings of the necessity defense in tort law and election-by-lot as a judicial selection mechanism.

Wagner Fellow
Florencia Marotta Wurgler

Pollack wurglerFlorencia's research and teaching interests include commercial law, e-commerce, contracts, corporate law, economic analysis of law, and bankruptcy. Florencia's recent research has focused on the efficiency implications of standard form contracting. She has conducted two empirical studies based on a large sample of software products' End User License Agreements (EULAs). In one paper, entitled "Are 'Pay Now, Terms Later' Contracts Really Worse for Buyers? Evidence from Software License Agreements," she examines whether sellers who engage in the increasingly common practice of disclosing their standard contract terms (EULAs) after the buyer has already purchased the product offer more restrictive terms than sellers that make their contracts available before purchase. Contrary to what critics of this form of contracting have suggested, her results show that delayed disclosure of terms does not meaningfully affect contract bias. Thus, to the extent that there are inefficiencies associated with the use of standard terms in mass contracting, they are not made worse by delaying disclosure. In a second paper, in progress, she examines the extent to which EULAs are shaped by the competitive conditions that characterize various software markets.

Florencia received a JD from the NYU School of Law in 2001 and a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. In 2003-04, Florencia was the corporate Fellow at the Center for Corporate, Securities and Financial Law and Fordham Law School, where she taught corporations. From 2001-03, she was an associate in the Corporate group at Davis Polk and Wardwell.

Wagner Fellow
Barak Y. Orbach

Barak has been selected as the first recipient of the Wagner Fellowship. Originally from Israel, Barak's teaching and research interests include antitrust, behavioral law and economics, corporate finance and social welfare, among many. He received his doctorate in law from Harvard Law School in 2002, where he wrote his dissertation entitled, "Essays in Legal Aspects of Competitiveness." Barak received his BA in Economics and his LLB from Tel Aviv University and his LLM from Harvard Law School.