Sarah Haan

Class of 1958 Uncas and Anne McThenia Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Sarah C. Haan writes at the intersection of corporate law and democracy, on subjects such as corporate governance, shareholder voting rights and disclosure. Her scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review and other leading journals, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, and the CLS Blue Sky Blog. Her article, “Corporate Governance and the Feminization of Capital,” which was published in the Stanford Law Review, was chosen as one of the 10 best corporate and securities law review articles of 2022 by peers in the field. In 2024, Haan will convene the Berle Symposium (Berle XVI) at the Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law & Society on the topic “The Corporation at the Intersection of Law and Information.”

Haan received a B.A. in history from Yale University and a law degree from Columbia Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to joining legal academia, Haan worked in the litigation department at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and as a Teach For America teacher in Compton, California. Haan is admitted to the bar of New York State, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Recent Publications

“Corporate Governance and the Feminization of Capital,” 74 Stan. L. Rev. 515 (2022).

“Boards in Informational Governance, ” 23 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 179 (2020) (with Faith Stevelman).  

“The Post-Truth First Amendment, ” 94 Ind. L.J. 1351 (2019).  

“Civil Rights and Shareholder Activism: SEC v. Medical Committee for Human Rights, ” 76 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1167 (2019).

  • Selected for republication in Corporate Practice Commentary (Robert B. Thompson, ed.).

“Shareholder Proposal Settlements and the Private Ordering of Public Elections,” 126 Yale L.J. 262 (2016).

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