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Hillary A. Sale

Professor Hillary A. Sale is an award-winning teacher and the Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Washington University in St. Louis.  She teaches both at the Law School and the Olin School of Management, including courses in Leadership, Women’s Leadership, Corporate Governance, and Securities Regulation.  In the spring of 2017, she will be the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she will teach Women’s Leadership and Corporate Boards and Governance.

She is an expert on and frequent speaker to industry groups and academic audiences about leadership and corporate governance and was selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “2014 Most Influential Business Women.”  Professor Sale is a member of the FINRA Board of Governors and the Executive Committee and Advisory Board of DirectWomen, a nonprofit with the mission of increasing the presence of women on public company boards.  She is Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute and works in industry training executives on leadership, governance, and risk management.    

Professor Sale is a leading scholar in the areas of corporate governance and the role of corporate and securities law in shaping board decision-making and strategies and has authored many articles, including several that have won awards.  Professor Sale is co-author (with John C. Coffee, Jr. and M. Todd Henderson) of the book Securities Regulation and is a member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the ABA, where she co-chaired the committee that produced the Sixth Edition of the Corporate Director’s Guidebook.  In 2016, Professor Sale was elected a Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.

Before entering academia, Sale was a law clerk to The Honorable Richard S. Arnold, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, practiced with the law firm of WilmerHale, LLP, and was Chief of Staff and Director of Operations for Evelyn F. Murphy, the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1993 and holds a master’s degree in Economics from Boston University, where she also completed her B.A., summa cum laude in 1983.

She lives in St. Louis with her husband, Ned Wood, and her high-school aged daughter, Perrin.