New Professorship Established by University of Arizona Law School Honors New School Trustee Robert H. Mundheim

New School Trustee Robert H. Mundheim

New York, August 17, 2022—The Robert H. Mundheim Professorship of Law and Business has been created at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law to honor New School Trustee Robert H. Mundheim, a corporate governance expert and long-time professor at UArizona. The new endowed professorship was established through a gift of close to $600,000 made by a group of his colleagues, friends, and former students.
“I appreciate this honor immensely, particularly since it was made possible by the many people who I know personally and professionally,” noted Mundheim. “I greatly enjoy my time at University of Arizona Law in large part because the students have been such thoughtful and active participants in my seminar and my faculty and staff colleagues have been so supportive.”
Mundheim has led a distinguished career in law and business spanning several decades and is currently of counsel at the global law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he advises on corporate governance and professional responsibility issues. He has served as a University Professor of Law and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and dean of its law school; the general counsel of the U.S. Treasury; executive vice president and general counsel of Salomon Inc.; president of the American Academy in Berlin; president of the Appleseed Foundation; and chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He is also a trustee of the Curtis Institute of Music, a director of the Salzburg Global Seminar, a founding trustee of the American College of Governance Counsel, and a council member (emeritus) of the American Law Institute.
A longtime New School trustee, Mundheim received an honorary doctorate from The New School during its 83rd Commencement for his commitment to philanthropy, education, and community service. During the ceremony, he remarked about connecting deeply with the university since it is “the home of the University in Exile and was a home for Jewish refugees in the 1930s.”
“For the past 25 years, Bob has convened an annual seminar for the General Counsel of the world’s largest global financial institutions,” said Robert Hoyt, chief legal officer for HSBC Holdings, participant of the International General Counsels’ Seminar and contributor to the gift which established the Mundheim Professorship. “The gathering represents so much of what Bob stands for—building trust and friendship while listening to and learning from one another. We all consider ourselves to be Bob’s “students”, and that is why the current and former attendees came together to donate in Bob’s name. It is a small fraction of the debt we owe him.”

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