Santa Clara University


Donald Polden
Santa Clara University School of Law, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law

Professor Polden has an extensive academic and professional career. From 2003-2013, he served as Dean of Santa Clara's law school, with responsibilities and duties that included the management, leadership and operation of the School of Law. In addition, courses taught include Corporate Governance and Corporate Transactions. He was previously Dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis (1993-2003) and professor of law at Drake University Law School.

In private practice, Dean Polden specialized in consultation and advice on antitrust, corporate and tax matters to corporation officers and directors and law firms; counsel of record in antitrust, employment related and federal securities lawsuits.

Professor Polden is the author of several law review articles on federal antitrust law, federal securities law, legal education and corporate law topics and is co-author of EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIPS: LAW & PRACTICE, addressing a broad range of topics in federal and state employment law, including formation of employment relationship, fiduciary duties of officers, directors and employees, employment discrimination, remedies in employment cases, employee privacy and technology in the workplace.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

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