Stefan Padfield

Stefan Padfield is an associate at the National Center’s Free Enterprise Project (FEP), which is the original and premier opponent of the woke takeover of American corporate life.

FEP files shareholder resolutions, engages corporate CEOs and board members, submits public comments, engages state and federal leaders, crafts legislation, files lawsuits and directs media campaigns to push corporations to respect their fiduciary obligations and to stay out of political and social engineering.

Prior to joining FEP, Stefan spent over 15 years teaching law at the University of Akron School of Law, publishing over 15 law review articles and a book chapter. He co-authored a two-volume mini-treatise on the history of economic thought and contributed to the Business Law Prof Blog.

Stefan previously worked in private practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, and clerked for two federal court judges. Stefan originally emigrated to the U.S. as a child, later becoming a U.S. citizen and serving 6 years in the U.S. Army.

Stefan earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University.

An archive of Stefan’s scholarly papers can be found here.


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