Christine Hurt

Headshot of Christine Hurt, faculty member at SMU Dedman School of Law.

Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership, Business and Securities Law and Professor of Law

Full-time faculty

Email

churt@smu.edu

Christine Hurt joins SMU Dedman School of Law as the inaugural Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership, Business, and Securities Law. Professor Hurt comes to SMU Law from Brigham Young University Law School where she was the George Sutherland Chair and Professor of Law. 

Professor Hurt joined the BYU faculty as the Rex J. and Maureen E. Rawlinson Professor in 2014, and she served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum, and then as Associate Dean for Academic Projects. Prior to that, she was a Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Business Law and Policy at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Prior to teaching at Illinois, Professor Hurt taught at Marquette University Law School and the University of Houston. As a teaching fellow at Texas Tech University School of Law, she co-pioneered a system of online legal citation exercises, now the Interactive Citation Workbook and its related web-based program on the LexisNexis website.

Professor Hurt was a member of the National Adjudicatory Council of FINRA, which hears appeals regarding broker-dealer and registered representative violations of FINRA and SEC rules.

Before entering law teaching, Professor Hurt practiced corporate law in Houston at Baker Botts L.L.P., and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. As a first-year law student, she co-founded the Texas Journal of Women and the Law.

Professor Hurt's teaching and research focuses on securities regulation, corporate tax, micro finance, torts, and business associations. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Corporation Law, Iowa Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Boston College Law Review, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, UC-Davis Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review. Recently, she and BYU colleague Gordon Smith published a new edition of the popular treatise "Bromberg & Ribstein on Partnership" with Wolters Kluwer.

Professor Alan Bromberg, for whom the endowed Centennial Chair position is named, taught at SMU Dedman School of Law for more than 60 years and was a prolific author. His legal writings on corporate tax, partnership, securities, and commodities have been relied upon in more than 500 judicial opinions, including 10 in the United States Supreme Court.

As a tribute to his distinguished career spent teaching and enriching the legal profession, a generous gift from his wife, Dr. Anne Bromberg, established the Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership and Securities Law in Dedman Law.

Area of expertise

  • Business Associations
  • Corporate Tax Law
  • Microfinance
  • Securities Regulation
  • Torts

Education

B.A., summa cum laude, Texas Tech University
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law

Courses

Business Enterprise
Corporate Tax
Securities Regulation

Books

THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF LAW & ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE UNITED States (Cambridge University Press 2022) (with D. Gordon Smith and Brian Broughman)

LIMITED LIABILITY PARTNERSHIPS, THE REVISED UNIFORM PARTNERSHIP ACT, AND THE UNIFORM LIMITED PARTNERSHIP ACT 2d ed. (WoltersKluwer 2018)

HURT & SMITH, BROMBERG & RIBSTEIN ON PARTNERSHIPS, 3d ed. (WoltersKluwer 2019)

Articles

Contract Innovation in Master Limited Partnerships (with Matthew Jennejohn) (work-in-progress)

Short Sellers, Short Squeezes, and Securities Fraud, 47 Journal of Corporation Law 105 (2021) (with Paul J. Stancil)
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Startup Partnerships, 69 Boston College Law Review 2487 (2020)
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Partnership Lost, 53 Richmond Law Review 491 (2019)
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The Hostile Poison Pill, 50 U.C. Davis Law Review 137 (2016)
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The Limited Liability Partnership in Bankruptcy, 89 American Bankruptcy Law Journal 567(2015)
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Pricing Disintermediation: Crowdfunding and Online Auction IPOs, 2015 University of Illinois Law Review 217 (2015)
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The Duty to Manage Risk, 39 Journal of Corporation Law 253 (2014)
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Regulating Compensation, 6 Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal 1 (2010)
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The Windfall Myth, 8 Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy 339 (2010)
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Evil Has a New Name (And a New Narrative): Bernard Madoff, 2009 Michigan State Law Review 947 (2009)
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Initial Public Offerings and the Failed Promise of Disintermediation, 2 Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal 703 (2008)
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The Undercivilization of Corporate Law, 33 Journal of Corporation Law 361 (2008)
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Of Breaches of the Peace, Home Invasions, and Securities Fraud, 44 American Criminal Law Review 1365 (2007)
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The Bluebook at Eighteen: Reflecting and Ratifying Current Trends in Legal Scholarship, 82 Indiana Law Journal 49 (2007)
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Blogging While Untenured and Other Extreme Sports, 84 Washington University Law Review 1235 (2006) (with Tung Yin)
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Regulating Public Morals and Private Markets: Online Securities Trading, Internet Gambling and the Speculation Paradox, 86 Boston University Law Review 371 (2006)
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What Google Can’t Teach Us About IPO Auctions (and What It Can), 37 University of Toledo Law Review 403 (2006)
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Moral Hazard and the Initial Public Offering, 26 Cardozo Law Review 711 (2005)
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Counselor, Gatekeeper, Shareholder, Thief: Why Attorneys Who Invest in Their Clients in a Post-Enron World Are”Selling Out,” Not “Buying In,” 64 Ohio State Law Journal 897 (2003)
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Network Effects and Legal Citation: How Antitrust Theory Predicts Who Will Build a Better Bluebook Mousetrap in the Age of Electronic Mice, 87 Iowa Law Review1257 (2002)
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Book chapters

Commentary on Meinhard v. Salmon, in FEMINIST JUDGMENTS: CORPORATE LAW REWRITTEN (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2023)

Extra Large Partnerships, in FIDUCIARY OBLIGATIONS IN BUSINESS (Cambridge University Press 2021)
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Private Ordering of Publicly-Traded Partnershipsin CAN DELAWARE BE DETHRONED? (Cambridge University Press 2018)
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Protecting Gamblers or Protecting Gambling? The Economic Dimension of Borderless Online “Speech,” in THE NET AND THE NATION STATE (Cambridge University Press 2017)
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