Title, department and job responsibilities: I’m an assistant professor of business law and teach business law and other law-related classes to business majors and non-majors. I also serve as an advisor and mentor to students, particularly those interested in international business and law-related careers, and I actively engage in scholarship and writing. My recent scholarship has been published byThe Georgetown Journal of InternationalLawand the Indiana LawReview. I also run my own website – FCPA Professor – a forum devoted to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related topics. The blog was recently recognized as a Top 25 Business Law Blog by LexisNexis.
Years at Butler: I joined the Butler faculty in August 2009.
Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: For years I was looking to transition from my legal practice at a large international law firm to an academic career. Thus, my most memorable experience was my first day of class on the Butler campus in August 2009 when I was able to stand up in front of a class and say, “good morning, my name is Professor Koehler.” These were merely seven words, but I had dreamed of saying them for a long time; it was a dream come true, a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishmentI shall never forget.
Projects/research you’re currently involved with: All things related to the FCPA. In November 2010, I had the good fortune to testify before a U.S. Senate committee that examined enforcement of the FCPA. FCPA enforcement is in need of serious reform and through my testimony, academic scholarship, and other writings, I am actively involved in reform discussions and issues with key participants, including Congress. I also am involved in providing expert advice in certain legal challenges to certain FCPA interpretations. I am grateful that Butler University and the College of Business provide me the foundation and support to be involved in a “real world” so closely aligned with my academic interests and professional expertise. Forinstance, in 2010, with the support and assistance of the University, I chaired a World Bribery and Corruption Conference in London and participated in conferences in Washington D.C., New York City and Madison, Wis.
What current intellectual or creative question are you thinking about these days: Again, many issues related to the FCPA. To understand how this important law is being enforced, it is helpful to have a practice-based experience. This is my comparative advantage as a scholar in this emerging field. More broadly, the intersection of corporate conduct and criminal law has long been an interest of mine and I have a great concern that the line between negligent business conduct and poor business decisions vs. criminal corporate conduct is a line that has largely disappeared.
What do you enjoy most about teaching: My mentor instilled in me a teaching philosophy based on three principles: the background to know; the vision to see; and the will to do.Thus, Ienjoy interacting with students, conveying knowledge onissuesofimportance to the students’ future careers, providing students the vision to see the context in which the knowledge is relevant and how it can be applied in the real world, and inspiring students to accomplish their academic and professional goals.