Jacob Hale Russell's research focuses on financial regulation and consumer protection law and policy. His scholarship includes work on the application of behavioral law and economics to consumer and investor protection; regulation of the retirement industry and pension plans; corporate governance of mutual funds and institutional investors; and the relationship between regulation and financial crises. Recent projects have focused on the regulation of payday loans, including recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations of payday lenders; the role of corporate boards and directors in preventing cybersecurity breaches; and efforts to improve retirement savings decisions. He is a faculty affiliate of the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance.
Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Jacob was teaching fellow and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School, where he oversaw all aspects of advising, teaching, and admissions for the school's LL.M. Program in Corporate Governance and Practice. At Stanford, he taught the Corporate Governance Colloquium, a seminar on the economic analysis of corporate law, and Contracts for advanced degree students. Previously, Jacob was academic fellow at Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance.
Jacob received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, his master’s degree in political science from M.I.T., and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard.
Before law school, Jacob was a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York, covering arts, culture, and philanthropy. He has subsequently worked as editor at large and a freelance reporter for several publications. Jacob also served as communications director during the successful reelection campaign of New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. Following law school, Jacob was an attorney in the financial services group at Goodwin Procter in Boston. Jacob regularly consults on legal and business issues to start-ups in the media and technology industries. He is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.