Christine Hurt Appointed as Inaugural Bromberg Chair at SMU Law

Endowed Centennial Chair named in honor of SMU Distinguished Professor

DALLAS (SMU) – Professor Christine Hurt will join SMU Dedman School of Law as the inaugural Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership and Securities Law. Hurt comes to SMU Law from Brigham Young University Law School where she was the George Sutherland Chair and Professor of Law. Hurt will join the SMU Law faculty in fall 2022 and will teach Business Enterprise, Securities Regulation, and Corporate Tax.

Hurt earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and holds a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University.

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, 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.

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, 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.

Hurt's teaching and research focuses on securities regulation, corporate tax, microfinance, 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.

“We are delighted to welcome Professor Hurt to our law faculty,” says Jennifer Collins, Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law. “Her exceptional scholarship in business and securities law makes her the perfect candidate to complement the nationally recognized business law program at SMU.”

Professor Alan Bromberg, who the endowed Centennial Chair position is named after, 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. “I am deeply honored to hold the inaugural Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership and Securities Law, and excited to be joining the faculty at SMU Law,” said Professor Christine Hurt. “Professor Bromberg was nationally recognized as an expert in partnership and business law, and a remarkable legal scholar. As a native Texan and Texas attorney, this is an extraordinary opportunity to hold the Bromberg Centennial Chair and join a world-class faculty. I look forward to teaching and furthering the opportunities for students interested in business and securities law at SMU.”