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Professor of Law Michael S. Knoll joins the Penn Law faculty from the University of Southern California Law School. He will teach tax law and corporate finance with affiliations with the Zell-Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School.

He joined USC Law's faculty in 1990 as an Assistant Professor of Law, became an Associate Professor of Law in 1992, was made a full professor in 1995. He was a visiting professor of law at Penn Law for Academic Year 1998-99. More recently he has visited at the University of Virginia Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Knoll was a John M. Olin Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University of Law from 1996 to 1997. He clerked for the Hon. Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit from January to August 1986 when he was appointed legal advisor to Vice Chairman Anne Brunsdale at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He earned a J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Chicago in 1984, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. In 1983, Professor Knoll earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago where the subject of his dissertation was "Price Controls and Exhaustible Resources: An Intertemporal Model with Applications to U.S. Energy Policy." At Emory Law School he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics from August 1980-1981. He earned an A.M. degree in 1980 at the Committee on Public Policy Studies of the University of Chicago, and an A.B. degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1977. He has published extensively in the fields of law, taxation, economics, and real estate financing.

R. Polk Wagner joins the Law School as an Assistant Professor directly from a two-year clerkship for the Hon. Raymond C. Clevenger, III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In the Fall he will teach the Law of Electronic Commerce that will look at the new technologies and business models being used on the Internet and how legal rules are being challenged. In the Spring semester he will teach Patent Law. (see profile)


Catherine T. Struve joins Penn Law as an Assistant Professor from Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York where she has been a litigation associate since1996. She earned a J.D. degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1995 and a B.A. degree summa cum laude in Comparative Religion from Harvard College in 1992. In the Fall, Struve will teach Civil Procedure, and in the Spring she will teach a seminar on various approaches to the analysis of procedural problems in civil litigation.

Prior to joining Cravath, Struve was a law clerk for the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, and interned for the Hon. Thomas P. Griesa on the U.S. District Court, SDNY in 1993. Her publications include Raising Arizona: Reflections on Sovereignty and the Nature of the Plaintiff in Federal Suits Against States (forthcoming in Montana Law Review (2000); Attorney-Client and Work Product Protection in a Utilitarian World: An Argument For Recomparison (Note), 108 Harvard Law Review 1697 (1995); and Substantive Due Process - Retroactive Taxation: U.S. v. Carlton (Case Comment), 108 Harvard Law Review 221 (1994).