Eric Chaffee

Visiting Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 419
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Eric Chaffee is a visiting professor of law for fall 2022. Throughout his career, he has taught courses relating to business law, contract law, tax law, and trusts & estates, and he has won more than a dozen awards for his teaching.

    Professor Chaffee’s scholarship focuses on business law with an emphasis on compliance, cyberlaw, securities regulation, taxation, and business ethics. He is an author of the leading treatise on securities regulation in cyberspace.

    Professor Chaffee is actively involved in various legal professional organizations. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has served as chair of the Section on Securities Regulation of the American Association of Law Schools and chair of the Section on Scholarship of that institution as well. He is also a co-founder of the National Business Law Scholars Conference (the leading business law academic conference in the United States), and he currently sits on the executive committee of that organization.

    Professor Chaffee’s permanent appointment is at The University of Toledo College of Law, and he is also a Distinguished University Professor, the highest permanent rank and honor The University of Toledo bestows on a faculty member for gaining national and international recognition in their field. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses

    Business Enterprises
    This course deals with issues relating to common forms of business organization, including corporations, limited liability companies and closely held corporations. The four credit version of Business Enterprises also includes an introduction to mergers and acquisitions.

    Securities Regulation I
    (Formerly DCL 428) This course examines the registration requirements applicable to public offers of securities under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Michigan Blue Sky Law. Primary emphasis will be placed upon the various types of securities that are subject to registration and the exemptions from registration requirements. In addition, the course will explore, in further depth, the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Business Enterprises may be taken concurrently.