Area of Expertise
Corporate governance, corporate bankruptcy, e-commerce, cyberlaw, Internet law, commercial law, bankruptcy, corporate law, intellectual property law
Walter A. Effross, professor of law at AU’s Washington College of Law, is an expert on corporate governance, intellectual property issues raised by religious or spiritual groups; consumer protection online; the process of repelling unwanted links to a Web site; the threat that electronic "profiling" techniques pose to individual privacy; electronic forms of drafts, checks, and promissory notes; legal aspects of constructing commercial Web sites; draft uniform privacy policies and "terms and conditions" packages for Web sites; the regulation of stored-value card and "smart card" payment systems; and the legal aspects of "cyberpunk" science fiction. He teaches courses in business associations, corporate governance, e-commerce law and drafting, sales and secured transactions, negotiable instruments, and corporate bankruptcy. Effross is an editor of the International Journal of Electronic Commerceand and a former editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. He is the author of Corporate Governance: Principles and Practices(2010) and a former chair of the American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Electronic Commerce. Effross has testified before Congress on electronic commerce and on Y2K liability issues and has advised the Anti-Defamation League’s national leadership on issues regarding online hate speech.