Eugene McCarthy

Eugene McCarthyPh.D., University of California, Berkeley
J.D., The UCLA School of Law
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., The Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Professor
Director, Pre-Law Center

University of Illinois at Springfield
Legal Studies Department
Telephone: (217)206-8343
Office: PAC 336


Eugene McCarthy is a scholar of corporate law, white-collar crime, bioethics, and constitutional civil liberties. His work addresses the socio-legal and cultural impact of the corporation in both contemporary American society and in American legal history. In addition to legal issues related to corporations and the behavior of corporate executives, Eugene is concerned with bioethical decision-making in the pharmaceutical industry. Outside of corporate law, his scholarship engages civil liberties in connection with women’s rights and social inequality in the field of American cultural studies. Eugene earned his Ph.D. in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley and his law degree from the UCLA School of Law. He previously practiced as an associate attorney at one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms. Eugene’s book project investigates the role of nineteenth-century corporate law in shaping American culture and society.

Selected Publications

“A Call to Prosecute Drug Company Fraud as Organized Crime,” 69 Syracuse Law Review __(forthcoming 2019).

“The Pharma Barons: Corporate Law’s Dangerous New ‘Race to the Bottom’ in the Pharmaceutical Industry,” 8 Michigan Business and Entrepreneurial Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2018).(PDF)

“In Defense of Griswold v. Connecticut: Privacy, Originalism, and the Iceberg Theory of Omission,” 54 Willamette Law Review 2 (2018).(PDF)

“A Critical Review of Ralph Clare’s Fictions Inc.: The Corporation in Postmodern Fiction, Film, and Popular Culture,” 13 Law, Culture and the Humanities 1 (2017).(PDF)