Corporate crime expert Brandon Garrett has moved from the University of Virginia Law School to Duke Law School.

Brandon Garrett
Duke Law School

Garrett is the author of Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations (Harvard University Press, 2016).

While at the Virginia Law School, Garrett helped create the Corporate Prosecution Registry – which will now become a joint project of the Duke and Virginia Law Schools.

It was a family move for Garrett, whose wife Kerry Abrams, the former vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of law at the University of Virginia, was named dean of Duke Law School.

Abrams is a leading national authority in both immigration law and family law.

Garrett says he has a team of four law students helping him update the Corporate Prosecution Registry and that he plans on writing up the results and describing the drop off in enforcement under the Trump administration.

Garrett will also be hosting a corporate compliance conference this fall at Duke Law.

Earlier this year, Public Citizen released a report titled Corporate Impunity which tracks how during President Donald Trump’s first year in office enforcement against corporate crime and wrongdoing declined dramatically, with total penalties for such violations plummeting from the final year of the Obama administration.

The report found that almost every federal agency under control of a Trump appointee – and most notably at the U.S. Department of Justice, the nation’s lead law enforcement agency – enforcement against corporations dropped, often plunging to just a small fraction of what it had been.

The report was co-released with Violation Tracker, a corporate enforcement database produced by the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First.