Omari Scott Simmons

Omari Scott Simmons

Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law
Director of Business Law Program

Professor Simmons' research interests include corporate governance and higher education policy. His articles have appeared in top journals and law reviews. He is the author of the new book Potential on the Periphery: College Access from the Ground Up (Rutgers Univ. Press) . Prior to joining the Wake Forest Law School faculty, Professor Simmons worked as corporate counsel for two multinational corporations and as an associate at the law firm of Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. Immediately after law school, he clerked for the Honorable E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court.

Professor Simmons is a member of the American Law Institute. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), a nonprofit organization that provides college consulting services and mentoring to vulnerable students.

Professor Simmons received his undergraduate education at Wake Forest University; his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge. At the University of Pennsylvania, he received the Thouron Award and the Fontaine Fellowship. Professor Simmons has received multiple honors in recognition of his efforts promoting higher education opportunity.
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Education

  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • LLM, University of Cambridge
  • BA in Economics and History, Wake Forest University

Publications

Books

  • Narratives Transformed: College Access from the Bottom-Up (Johns Hopkins University Press).
  • Potential On The Periphery: College Access From The Ground Up (Rutgers Univ. Press 2018).

Book Chapters

  • Judging the Public Benefit Corporation, in The Cambridge Handbook of Enterprise Law, Benjamin Means & Joseph Yockey editors (2018).

Articles

Other

  • Corporate Political Activism 5.0, reviewing Elizabeth Pollman & Jordan M. Barry, Regulatory Entrepreneurship, 90 S. CAL. L. REV. 383 (2017 (2017).
  • Re-examining In-House Counsel Liability, Prepared for Ass'n of Corporate Counsel for Eastern North Carolina and North Carolina Bar Ass'n (April 26, 2011).
  • Revolution of Rising Expectations: Youth at the National Youth Summit Raise their Voices, Ed.gov Blog (February 28, 2011).
  • Biggest Triumphs, Biggest Mistakes, Outline materials prepared for 2010 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Workshop for New Law Teachers, Washington, DC (June 17, 2010).
  • Taking the Blue Pill (excerpted in CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: THEORY, LAW, AND POLICY), CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: THEORY, LAW, AND POLICY (December 2009).
  • 'Social Capital' and College Counseling, Chronicle of Higher Education, Headcount Blog (March 21, 2001).

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Omari Scott Simmons
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