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Donald J. Polden is Dean and Professor of Law at Santa Clara University.
Prior to being appointed Dean in 2003, he served as Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Memphis (1993-2003) where he taught courses in corporate law, antitrust law, federal securities regulation and employment law. He also served as Associate Dean (1991-1993) and Professor of Law (1976-1993) at Drake University School of Law.
Dean Polden received a B.B.A in Economics from George Washington University and a J.D. from Indiana University Law School. He has practiced law, principally in the areas of federal antitrust law and employment law, in the federal and state courts. Dean Polden has participated in antitrust cases in the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court and 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 Publishing Company. He also is the author of several law review articles on topics of federal antitrust and securities law and legal education. His 1989 article on standing to sue in private antitrust litigation was cited by the United States Supreme Court. Dean Polden was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 1993, is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and was recently elected as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He also serves on standing committees of the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and the Association of American Law Schools.
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