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James R. Copland.

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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2014 Media Highlights

December 01, 2014

Jim Copland discusses how the U.S. has become an incredibly litigious society on Fox 5 NY’s “Positively Ernie”

October 30, 2014

James Copland discusses mortgage abuses on the Fox Business' "The Willis Report"

August 07, 2014

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