Z. Jill Barclift

Phone: 651-523-2357


BS, Northwestern University (1980)
JD, Columbia University School of Law (1983)
Human Rights Law Review (1982-83)


Director, Business Law Institute

Areas of legal expertise: Corporate/business law, governance, and corporate/legal ethics.

Recent courses taught: Corporations, securities regulation, corporate finance, seminar – business law and ethics.

View Professor Barclift's research: SSRN Author Page -- Z. Jill Barclift

Professor Jill Barclift was named interim director of Hamline Law's Business Law Institute in November 2012; her appointment will last through at least June 2014. Since 2002, she has taught a wide range of courses at Hamline Law, including core courses in corporations, corporate finance, securities regulation, and smaller seminars in corporate ethics and preventive law and corporate practice. Her scholarly research and writing has explored the role of corporate officers in corporate governance, the role of internal lawyers in corporate governance, and the intersection of social science theory and corporate governance.

Professor Barclift’s extensive record of service to Hamline Law also includes prior service as director of Hamline’s externship program. According to Dean Donald M. Lewis, “her background, coupled with her ‘real-world’ corporate experience, makes her ideally suited to lead BLI.”

Professor Barclift brings more than 15 years of corporate law experience to Hamline. After graduating from Columbia University School of Law in 1983, she worked as in-house counsel to a variety of financial service companies. Prior to teaching at Hamline University School of Law, she was executive vice president, secretary and general counsel of a financial services company in Minneapolis. Her practice areas included corporate law, governance, corporate disclosures, negotiation of corporate purchase and sale of assets, and financial services.



Corporate Governance and CEO Domination, 50 WASHBURN L. J. 611 (2011).

Governance in the Public Corporation of the Future: The Battle for Control of Corporate Governance, 15 CHAP. L. REV. 1 (2011).

Too Big to Fail, Too Big Not to Know: Financial Firms and Corporate Social Responsibility, 25 ST. JOHN'S J. C. R. & ECON. DEV. 449 (2011).

Scheme Liability and Common Law Fraud under State Law: Holding Corporate Officers and their Co-Conspirators Accountable to Shareholders, 26 T.M. COOLEY L. REV. (2009).

Preventive Law: A Strategy for Internal Corporate Lawyers to Advise Managers of their Ethical Obligations, 33 J. LEGAL PROF. 31 (2008).

Codes of Ethics and State Fiduciary Duties: Where is the Line?, 1 J. BUS., ENTREPRENEURSHIP & THE L. 237 (2008).

Fuzzy Logic and Corporate Governance Theories, 6 PIERCE L. REV. 177 (2007).

Senior Corporate Officers and the Duty of Candor: Do the CEO and the CFO Have a Duty to Inform, 41 VAL. U. L. REV. 269 (2007).

Corporate Responsibility: Ensuring Independent Judgment of the General Counsel - A Look at Stock Options, 81 N.D. L. REV. 1 (2005).