Saule Omarova specializes in regulation of financial institutions, banking law, international finance, and corporate finance. Before joining Cornell Law School in 2014, she was the George R. Ward Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Prior to joining academia, Professor Omarova practiced law in the Financial Institutions Group of Davis, Polk, & Wardwell, a premier New York law firm, where she specialized in a wide variety of corporate transactions and advisory work in the area of financial regulation. In 2006-2007, she served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Special Advisor for Regulatory Policy to the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance.
Diploma (B.A. equivalent), Moscow State University, 1989
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1999
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 2001
Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL Juris Doctor, cum laude May 2001
Northwestern University Law Review, member of the Note and Comment Board
The 1999 Bell, Boyd & Lloyd Advocacy Award
University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI
Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science, August 1999
Thesis: “The Political Economy of Oil in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan”
The MacArthur Foundation Scholarship in International Peace and Cooperation, 1994-97 The Charles D. Ellis Moscow State University Scholarship, 1992-94
Moscow State University, Moscow, USSR
Diploma, with honors, June 1989 / Major: Philosophy
The Lenin Personal Academic Scholarship, 1988-89
Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, N.Y.
Beth and Marc Goldberg Professor of Law, June 2019 – present
Professor of Law and Public Affairs, July 2014 – June 2019
Courses:?Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions, Securities Regulation, Issues in
Director, Jack Clarke Institute for the Study and Practice of Business Law, Program on the Law and Regulation of Financial Institutions and Markets
Cornell Paris Summer Institute, Paris, France
Courses:?Global Financial Markets (July 2015; July 2016)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law, Chapel Hill, N.C. George R. Ward Associate Professor of Law (with tenure), July 2013 – June 2014 Assistant Professor, July 2007 – June 2013
Courses:?Banking Law; International Banking and Finance; Global Financial Markets; Corporate Finance; International Business Transactions.
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Visiting Professor, Fall 2012
Courses:?Corporate Finance; Financial Regulation Reform.
?University of Augsburg, Faculty of Law, Augsburg, Germany
Visiting Professor in the Augsburg Summer Program in European and International Economic Law, June-July 2010.
Introduction to the U.S. Financial Sector Regulation; Joint Seminar on Capital Markets Law and Legal Methodology.
Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Faculty of Law, Lyon, France
Visiting Professor at the Institute of Comparative Law, March-April 2012.
Courses:?Introduction to U.S. Administrative Law
U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC
Special Advisor for Regulatory Policy to the Under Secretary, Domestic Finance, July 2006 – July 2007
Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, NY
Associate, Financial Institutions Group, October 2001 – July 2006
Baker & McKenzie, Attorneys At Law, Chicago, IL Part-Time Law Clerk, January – April 2000; Summer Associate, May - August 1999
Central Asia Institute, Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Visiting Research Fellow, January - July 1998
Center for International Security and Arms Control, Stanford University, Stanford, CA Visiting MacArthur Scholar, September 1995 - May 1996
Moscow State University, Department of Philosophy, Moscow, USSR Teaching Assistant, September 1990 – May 1991
HONORS AND AWARDS
Cornell Law School Convocation Speaker (May 12, 2018), selected by the Class of 2018
Dean’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO (October 2016)
Winner of the 1st prize in the Junior Faculty Scholarship Competition at the Inaugural Junior Faculty Business and Financial Law Workshop (April 1-2, 2011), organized by the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance (C-LEAF), George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C.
Winner of the 2010 James H. Chadbourn Award for Excellence in Scholarship, recognizing a member of the faculty of the UNC School of Law for publication of an academic article that shows great scholarly achievement, creativity and insight, and/or the promise of critical impact. The Chadbourn Award is given annually by the Dean upon a recommendation by the faculty selection committee.
A draft of The Merchants of Wall Street: Banking, Commerce, and Commodities was selected for presentation at the 2013 Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum at Yale law School.