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Professor Edward B. Rock

The associated faculty in the field of law and economics include Professor Matthew Adler, Professor Howard F. Chang, Professor Colin S. Diver, Dean Michael A. Fitts, Assistant Professor Peter H. Huang, Jason S. Johnston Robert G. Fuller Jr. Professor of Law, Professor Leo Katz, Professor Michael S. Knoll, Professor Friedrich Kübler, Professor Charles W. Mooney, Jr., Professor Curtis Reitz, Professor Reed Shuldiner, and Professor David A. Skeel, Jr.

Johnston, who teaches a seminar, lectures, and writes about economics and land use reform through the Program on Law and the Environment (POLE), is building a bridge to Wharton’s real estate department which is affiliated with its Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center. There, in studies of housing policy, local public finance and urban economics, the impact of global restrictions on urban areas, faculty pursue the intersections of law, economics, and real estate development. In June of this year, Johnston, along with the University of Virginia, hosted a conference entitled “Covenanting the Future: Reforming Environmental Regulation Through Innovative Resource and Land Management.” (see article in Symposium, page 7)

Charles W. Mooney Jr. Professor of Law is internationally regarded as an expert in commercial law, debtor/creditor law, and bankruptcy law. He teaches the yearlong course “Commercial Credit” at the Law School. Mooney serves as an advisor to the Standby Committee on Uniform Commercial Code Revision of Article 9 (Secured Transactions) and as coordinator of the United States delegation for the U.S. Department of State on the Draft Convention on International Secured Financing of Mobile Equipment, sponsored by the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT).

With the forthcoming publication of his book Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (see excerpt here), David A. Skeel, Jr. Professor of Law emerges in the field as an expert not only in corporate law but in history as well. Skeel is an active participant of the Institute of Law and Economics which will present a roundtable on bankruptcy law as part of its schedule of programs this year. He teaches Corporations and Commercial Credit at the Law School.

With individual tax reform on the minds of most Americans, and at the top of the agenda of the Bush Administration, Penn Law has the territory covered with a complement of scholars in tax law and policy. The faculty include Associate Dean and Professor of Law Reed Shuldiner, adjunct faculty member David Shakow, and William Tyson, a Wharton professor with a joint appointment to Law, who also teaches “Securities Regulation.”

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