James R. Copland is a senior fellow with and the director of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy, which seeks to develop and communicate thoughtful ideas on how to improve the civil and criminal justice system. Copland oversees two of the Institute's websites, PointofLaw.com, a web magazine that brings together information and opinion on the U.S. legal system, and ProxyMonitor.org, an online database of shareholder proposals at America’s largest publicly traded companies. He is also project manager for the Institute's Trial Lawyers, Inc. series of publications examining the size, scope, and inner workings of America's litigation industry.
Copland has authored multiple policy white papers, book chapters, and articles in journals including the Harvard Business Law Review and Yale Journal on Regulation; as well as opinion columns in national, local, and online periodicals including The Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, and USA Today. He has testified before Congress; has appeared on various television and radio shows, including those on PBS, FOX News, FOX Business, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR; and is a regular speaker and conference participant discussing civil litigation, corporate criminal investigations, and corporate governance. Copland and his work have been cited numerous news articles including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Forbes.
In both 2011 and 2012, Copland was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors' Directorship 100 list, designating the individuals most influential over U.S. corporate governance.
Prior to joining the Manhattan Institute, Copland was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company in New York. He had earlier served as a law clerk for Ralph K. Winter on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has been a director of two privately held manufacturing companies since 1997.
Copland received J.D. and M.B.A degrees from Yale, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and an editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. He also has an M.Sc. in politics of the world economy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in economics with highest distinction and highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He lives in Mount Pleasant, New York, with his wife and two children.
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- Bring Deferred Prosecution Agreements Out Of The Shadows, New York Times Room for Debate, 11-12-14
- Lloyds Settlement Latest Example Of The Shadow Regulatory State, City A.M., 09-28-14
- Playing Politics With Pensions, Crain's New York, 09-07-14
- SEC Needs To Rethink Its Rules On Proxy Advisory Firms, Washington Examiner, 07-25-14
- Supreme Court Leaves Shareholders Vulnerable To Legal Shakedowns, Washington Examiner, 06-27-14
- Lawyers Descend On Delaware To Kill Shareholder 'Tax' Relief, Investor's Business Daily, 06-18-14
- N.C. Putting Too Many Crimes On The Books, Greensboro News & Record, 05-18-14
- Political Speech Triumphs in McCutcheon Decision, National Law Journal, 04-02-14
- The U.K.'s New (and Improved) Deferred-Prosecution Agreements, National Law Journal, 03-03-14
- Will Supreme Court Open The 'Lawsuit Laundromat'?, Washington Examiner, 01-08-14
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- Overcriminalizing the Wolverine State: A Primer and Possible Reforms for Michigan Issue Brief 31, October 2014
- A Report on Corporate Governance and Shareholder Activism Proxy Monitor Report, October 2014
- Overcriminalizing The Old North State - A Primer and Possible Reforms for North Carolina Issue Brief 28, May 2014
- Companies Fight Back Against Chevedden: Unions and Social Investors Ramp Up Push on Corporate Political Spending Proxy Monitor Report 7, March 2014
- The Shadow Lengthens: The Continuing Threat of Regulation by Prosecution Legal Policy Report 18, February 2014
- Corporate Governance and Shareholder Activism Proxy Monitor Report 6, September 2013
- Patent Trolls: A Report on the Litigation Industry's Intellectual Property Line of Business Trial Lawyers Inc. Report, July 2013
- 2013 Proxy Season Review Proxy Monitor Finding, 2013
- 2013 Proxy Season Wrapping Up Proxy Monitor Finding, 2013
- Special Report: Public Pension Fund Activism Proxy Monitor Finding, 2013
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Trial Lawyers Inc. Industry Focus
Trial Lawyers Inc. State Focus
City Journal articles
- Laura Finn, web editor for BoardmMember.com and James Copland discuss trends from the 2013 proxy season, 7-24-13.
- Jim Copland discusses corruption within the social security disability insurance program with Senator Tom Coburn, 11-26-14
- James Copland discusses the recent proxy season and the increase in shareholder activism in 2013 with Tim Howard, 10-18-13
- James Copland and Erika Harford discuss the Illinois licensing laws that impede economic growth and discourage small business owners, 09-25-13
- James R. Copland and Chad Readler, partner at Jones Day in Columbus, OH, discuss the over-criminalization and over-"federalization" of criminal law., 08-29-13
- Laura Finn, web editor for BoardMember.com and James Copland discuss trends from the 2013 proxy season, 07-24-13
- James Copland and Laura Finn, the Web Editor at Board Member.com, discuss findings from "2013 Proxy Monitor Finding 5: More Proposals Introduced in 2013 but few Have Gained Majority Support.", 07-24-13
- Laura Finn, web editor for BoardMember.com and James Copland discuss the results of ProxyMonitor.org's first finding in the 2013 Proxy Monitor season. , 04-16-13
- James Copland and Ted Frank, discuss the significance of the Supreme Court's recent ruling in Comcast v. Behrend and its potential impact on class action litigation., 04-08-13
- Jim Copland and Hester Pierce, senior fellow at the Mercatus Center, discuss her recent book co-authored with James Broughel, Dodd-Frank: What It Does and Why It Is Flawed., 01-31-13
- Nicholas Q. Rosenkranz, discusses the topic of his forthcoming book, the subjects and objects of the Constitution and their role in constitutional interpretation, with Jim Copland., 01-03-13
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