Wayne State University

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William Volz

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Professor of Accounting
313-577-4694 (Phone)
  • Hired at WSU, 1978
  • Dean, School of Business, 1985-1995
  • Interim Director, Center for Legal Studies, Law School, 1996-1997
  • Interim Chair, Department of Accounting, 1997-1999
  • University Council/Academic Senate, 1984-1985, 2000-present
  • Policy Committee, 2004-present
  • Budget Committee, 1984-1985, 2000-present
  • Elections Committee, Chair, 2000-present
  • University Faculty Hearing Panel, 2004-2006
  • General Education Oversight (Implementation) Committee, 2000-present
  • President's Commission on General Education, 1984
  • Art and Art History Department Internal Review, Chair, 1999-2000
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Search Committee for Director, Chair, 1999
  • Center for Academic Ethics, Board of Directors, 1989-1995
  • Merrill-Palmer Institute, Committee on Employer-Sponsored Child-Care, 1990-1992
  • College of Liberal Arts/Science Restructuring Committee, 2003
  • School of Business Administration Restructuring Committee, 2004
  • Accounting Department and Chair Review Committee, Chair, 2004
  • School of Business Faculty Senate, 1979-1985, Chair, 1983-1985
  • JD/MBA Review Committee, 2004-2005; etc.
  • President, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, 1995-1996, 1998-2000
  • Board of Directors, several community mental health, amateur theater, and legal aid societies
Degrees and Certifications
  • MBA, Harvard Graduate School Of Business Administration, 1978
  • JD, Wayne State University, 1975
  • MA, University of Michigan, 1972
  • BA, Michigan State University, 1968
Research Interests
  • Taxing Executive Compensation in Nonprofit Entities
  • Great Teachers
  • The Efficacy of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Teaching Interests
  • Business Law
  • Ethics, Business and Society
  • Taxation
Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • American Bar Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Beta Sigma Phi
  • Common Ground
  • Detroit Athletic Club
  • Economic Club of Detroit
  • Harvard Business School Club of Detroit
  • Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan
  • Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters
  • Oakland Audubon Society
  • State Bar of Michigan
Professional Experience
  • State Bar of Michigan, 1975
  • Federal Bar, 1975 
Awards & Honors

Selected Academic Accomplishments:

Published one book and over thirty articles in law reviews, academic and professional journals; Published over eighty other articles, book reviews and papers; My work in business and commercial law has been cited in over forty journals and law reviews, by the United States Supreme Court and one state supreme court; Served on the editorial boards of five journals; Proceedings editor for papers for several national and regional conferences. Consultant to Michigan Supreme Court, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Department of Social Security, Ford Motor Company, Rolls-Royce Corporation, City of Detroit Legal Department, etc.

Selected Awards:
  • Wayne State University Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, 2006
  • Cohn Prize in Legal and Public Policy Scholarship, 2003 and 2006
  • School of Business Administration Distinguished Teaching Award, 2001
  • Association of Black Business Students Outstanding Teacher Award, 1997
  • School of Business Administration Distinguished Faculty Award, 1982
Recent Publications
  • The Role of Attorneys under Sarbanes-Oxley: The Qualified Legal Compliance Committee as Facilitator of Corporate Integrity, W. Volz and V. Tazian, American Business Law Review, 2006. Won the Cohn Prize for Legal Scholarship.
  • The Tax Treatment of Sexual Harassment Awards: Clarifying the Threshold for Exclusion, W. Volz and V. Tazian, Journal of Legislation, 2004.
  • An Anatomy of the Legal Writing of Justice John D. Voelker, W. Volz, Michigan Academician, 2004. Won the Cohn Prize for Legal Scholarship.
Faculty Expertise
Commercial law and regulation, business ethics, constitutional law, taxation policy