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Fordham Law School Announces Creation of Fred Dunbar Memorial Lecture in Law & Economics

June 26, 2012

Law & Economics Lecture to Honor Fred Dunbar

NERA Economic Consulting has established the Fred Dunbar Memorial Lecture in Law and Economics at Fordham Law School. The series is named for longtime NERA securities expert Fred Dunbar, who died in February 2012. The inaugural lecture will take place in spring 2013.Fred Dunbar

"Fred was one of our nation’s leading securities and finance experts, and a valued member of our adjunct faculty," said Fordham Law Dean Michael M. Martin. "We are pleased to celebrate his legacy through this lectureship."

Dunbar joined NERA in 1979 and founded the firm's Securities and Finance and Mass Torts and Product Liability Practices. Throughout his career there he was a sought-after expert witness whose testimony and use of econometrics—a form of mathematical and statistical analysis—significantly influenced claims estimation and litigation in court cases and arbitrations worldwide.

Previously, he taught in the Economics Departments of Tufts University and Northeastern University, and he served as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law and Columbia Law School. He held a Ph.D. in economics from Tufts University and a B.A. in mathematics from Reed College. In September 2009, he was appointed an Economic Fellow in the Office of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was part of the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation.

"As an expert witness, a scholar, and an SEC Fellow, Fred was a distinguished economist who worked at the intersection of law and economics," said NERA President Dr. Andrew Carron. "Fred viewed teaching as a vital part of his life, and his academic experiences informed his work throughout his career. It is more than fitting to honor Fred’s memory through a new lecture series on law and economics in conjunction with Fordham Law School."