Orts: Guardsmark Endowed Professor
Eric Orts has been named the Guardsmark Endowed Professor
at the Wharton School. He is a full professor in the
legal studies and management departments. He also directs
Wharton's Environmental Management Program and serves
as an academic co-director of the NASD Institute at Wharton
Certificate Program for Compliance and Regulatory Professionals.
His primary research and teaching interests are in topics
relating to corporate and environmental law, policy,
to joining Wharton's faculty in 1991, Professor Orts
practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison
in New York City and was the Chemical Bank fellow in
corporate social responsibility at Columbia Law School. During
his Wharton tenure, he visited as a Fulbright professor
in the law department of the University of Leuven in
Belgium and as the Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor
in the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua
University in China. In 2002-03 he served as the
Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow in the Center for Ethics
and the Professions at Harvard University and also as
a faculty fellow in the Center for Business and Government
at the Kennedy School.
Orts is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he received
his B.A. with honors in government in 1982, the New School
for Social Research, where he received an M.A. in political
science in 1985, the University of Michigan Law School,
laude, 1988, and Columbia University School of Law,
J.S.D. in 1984.
is a member of the bar of New York and the District of
Columbia and is an elected member of the American Law
Wharton, he teaches undergraduate and MBA courses in
corporate law and governance, environmental management
and policy, introduction to law, and professional ethics.
Guardsmark Endowed Professorship was established with
a gift from Wharton Overseer Ira A. Lipman, chairman
and president of Guardsmark, Inc. Mr. Lipman founded
Guardsmark, a privately held security services company,
in 1963. Currently, Guardsmark operates more than 145
branch offices in the United States, Canada and Puerto
Rico and serves organizations in more than 400 cities.
Guardsmark is one of the world's largest security service
companies. Guardsmark and Mr. Lipman have also been recipients
of recent awards for high achievement in business ethics
and corporate citizenship.