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Donald Polden
Former Dean and Professor of Law
Santa Clara University School of Law

Donald J. Polden is a graduate of the George Washington University and Indiana University (Indianapolis) Law School. He has served as Dean and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University since 2003 and has taught courses in corporate governance, nonprofit organizations and corporate transactions.   

From 1993 to 2003, he served as dean and professor of law at the University of Memphis, where he taught courses in corporate law, antitrust law, federal securities regulation, and employment law. He has practiced law, principally in the areas of federal antitrust law, corporate law, and employment law, in the federal and state courts. Polden has participated in antitrust cases in the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U. S. Supreme Court, and he has argued cases involving claims of price-fixing, monopolization, and attempts to monopolize before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is co-author (with U.S. District Court Judge Mark Bennett) of Employment Relationships: Law and Practice, published by Aspen Publishers. He is also the author of several law review articles on topics of federal antitrust and securities law, employment law, and legal education. His 1989 article on standing to sue in private antitrust litigation was cited by the U. S. Supreme Court.

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