CJ Vachon

Christyne Vachon

Assistant Professor / Director, CDC

Law School / Faculty



UMass School of Law 240


Sturm College of Law JD
Hague Academy of Law Intl. Law Certification
Wellesley College BA


  • Business Organizations

Courses and administrative duties

Assistant Professor Vachon teaches Business Organizations and runs the Community Development Clinic. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between business ethics and governance, compliance and risk management. Her scholarship concerning the governance of for-profit and nonprofit collaboration has been noted by the American Bar Association for its valuable content.   

Professional background

Professor Vachon started her practice working as an attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She received a Fulbright Grant to teach securities law and business in Mongolia, where she also consulted with the Mongolian Stock Exchange and the Institute of Finance and Economics. Upon returning to the United States, she served as in-house counsel to and partner of a venture capital fund before starting her own legal practice.

In 2015, the ABA awarded Professor Vachon the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award for her scholarship and work with nonprofits. In May 2016, she was invited to be the key note speaker in Rwanda at a symposium Empowering Women in Business. At the 20016 Law and Society Association Conference, Professor Vachon presented her recent work on the impact of for-profit multinational enterprises on women’s rights from her piece "She’s One of Us: Looking at Gender Quotas to Evaluate How Women in The Corporate System Engender Change For Women." She serves on the ABA’s Business Law Sections’ Committee on Business Law Education and co-chairs the Task Force on Defining Key Competencies for Business Lawyers. Professor Vachon has served, and continues to serve, on the boards of for-profit and nonprofit businesses.

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