Robert Ashford is Professor of Law at Syracuse University, College of Law. His subjects include Binary Economics, Business Associations, Public Corporations, Professional Responsibility and Securities Regulation. He holds a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. with majors in physics and English literature, graduating first in his class at the University of South Florida. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Stanford University where he studied English literature and creative writing. His book Binary Economics: the New Paradigm, (1999) with Rodney Shakespeare, is available from the University Press of America.
Professor Ashford is the founder and principal organizer of the Section on Socio-Economics of the Association of American Law Schools and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Socio-Economics, the academic honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi Sigma (physics), and the American Law Institute.
Professor Ashford has authored and co-authored articles, book chapters and monographs on various subjects including banking, binary economics, evidence, implied liability under federal law, professional responsibility, public utility regulation, socio-economics, securities regulation, and tax law.
Professor Ashford’s current research interests include the relationship between socio-economic principles and the professional responsibilities of lawyers; the fiduciary duty of inquiry in a market economy; the history of law and economics; Federal Reserve monetary policy; Christianity and economics, and binary economics.
Professor Ashford began law practice in the tax department of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. Later he joined Louis Kelso in forming the law firm of Kelso, Hunt, Ashford and Ludwig, and the investment banking firm Kelso and Company where he served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. His law practice included tax, corporate law, securities regulation, and appellate litigation. While in private practice, he was elected President of the Barristers Club of San Francisco (1973) and a Director of the Bar Association of San Francisco (1978).