Alexander I. Platt

Associate Professor of Law
Primary office:
785-864-0509
404 Green Hall


Summary

Alexander I. Platt joined the KU Law faculty in 2020 as an associate professor of law. His scholarship focuses on the public and private enforcement of the federal securities laws. His perspective on these subjects is informed by four years of experience representing both defendants and plaintiffs (including class action plaintiffs) in securities and other corporate and commercial law matters at a prominent law firm in Washington, D.C.

Platt's scholarly work has been published in leading law journals, featured in The Economist and other publications, and cited by the Eleventh Circuit. In 2016, the SEC adopted a reform Platt had proposed in a paper, amending the agency's Rules of Practice to give respondents facing enforcement proceedings the right to attack the Commission’s legal theories at the outset of an administrative proceeding. 

Before joining KU, Platt was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Platt received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Philosophy and Political Science from Columbia University, and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal. After graduating from law school, he clerked for judges Stephen F. Williams (D.C. Cir.) and Royce C. Lamberth (D.D.C.).  

Courses Taught:

  • Contracts
  • Securities Regulation

Education

J.D., Yale Law School, 2012, Yale Law Journal Articles Editor; B.A., magna cum laude, Columbia University, 2006. 

Teaching

Contracts, Securities Regulation

Career History

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, 2018-2020; Associate, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, 2013-2014 and 2015-2018; Law Clerk, Hon. Royce Lamberth (D.D.C.), 2012-2013; Law Clerk, Hon. Stephen F. Williams (D.C. Cir.), 2014-2015.

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk for Judge Stephen F. Williams, 2014 – 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk for Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth, 2012 – 2013

Admitted

New York 2013; District of Columbia (retired) 2014; U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Southern District of New York 2018; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Fourth Circuit 2017; U.S. Court of Federal Claims 2017.

Selected Publications

  • The Non-Revolving Door, 46 J. CORP. L. (forthcoming).
  • Is Administrative Summary Judgment Unlawful?, 43 HARV. J. L. & PUB. POL’Y (forthcoming).
  • Gatekeeping in the Dark: SEC Control Over Private Securities Litigation Revisited, 72 ADMIN. L. REV. 27 (2020).
  • Index Fund Enforcement, 53 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1453 (2020).
  • Unstacking the Deck: Administrative Summary Judgment and Political Control, 34 YALE J. REG. 439 (2017).
  • SEC Administrative Proceedings: Backlash and Reform, 71 BUS. LAW. 1 (2016).
  • Deciding Not To Decide: A Limited Defense of the Silent Concurrence, 17 J. APP. PRAC. & PROCESS 141 (2016).
  • The Temptation of Martinez v. Ryan: Legal Ethics for the Habeas Bar, 8 CRIM. L. BR. 1 (2013) (with Larry Kornreich).
  • Debiasing Statutory Interpretation, 39 OHIO N. U. L. REV. 275 (2013).
  • Note, Preserving the Appointments Safety Valve, 30 YALE L.&POL’Y REV. 255 (2011).
  • Case Comment, Roundup Ready Regulations: Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, 37 ECOLOGY L.Q. 773 (2010).

Selected Presentations

“The Non-Revolving Door: New Evidence of Capture at the SEC.”

  • Corporate and Securities Litigation Workshop (July 2020).
  • National Business Law Scholars Conference, University of Tennessee College of Law (June 2020).
  • University of Michigan Law School, Junior Scholars Conference (Apr. 2020).
  • Harvard Law School, Corporate Law Fellows Workshop (Feb. 2020).

“Gatekeeping in the Dark: SEC Control of Private Securities Litigation Revisited.” 

  • New Voices in Administrative Law, AALS 2020, Washington, DC (Jan. 2020).
  • Harvard Law School, Corporate Law Faculty Workshop (Nov. 2019).

“Index Fund Enforcement.”

  • University of Richmond School of Law, Seminar on Corporate Governance (Feb. 2020).
  • Boston University School of Law, Corporate & Securities Litigation Workshop (Sept. 2019).
  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools, 2019 Annual Conference (Jul. 2019).
  • Berkeley Law, University of California, National Business Law Scholars Conference (Jun. 2019).
  • University of Richmond Law School, Richmond Junior Faculty Workshop (May 2019).
  • Harvard Law School, Corporate Law Faculty Workshop (Apr. 2019).
  • Harvard Law School, Corporate Law Fellows Workshop (Apr. 2019).
  • Harvard Law School, ClimenkoFest (Mar. 2019).

“SEC Administrative Proceedings: Backlash and Reform.”

  • Yale Law School, Center for the Study of Corporate Law, Weil, Gotshal & Manges Roundtable on SEC Enforcement (Mar. 2016) [invited participant].