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Reed Shuldiner, Professor of Law, has spent the past two years as Associate Dean. His recent research (joint with Emeritus Professor David Shakow) has focused on wealth taxation in the United States. Shuldiner and Shakow recently studied the effects of the phaseout of itemized deduction within the federal income tax.

  • “Lessons From the Limitation on Itemized Deductions,” with David Shakow, 93 Tax Notes 673 (2001)
  • “A Comprehensive Wealth Tax,” with David Shakow, 53 Tax L. Rev. 499 (2000)

David A. Skeel, Jr., Professor of Law, along with coauthor Ken Ayotte, presented “Why Do Distressed Companies Choose Delaware” at the American Law and Economics Association’s annual meeting in May. At the Christian Legal Society Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in March, he gave a lecture entitled “A Christian Perspective on Gambling and Speculation (With a Brief Application to Enron).” He presented workshops on “Corporate Ownership Structure and the Evolution of Bankruptcy Law: the UK and US” at Seton Hall University School of Law in February and at Temple University School of Law in April. He also presented a draft of the paper in February at the Vanderbilt Corporate Bankruptcy Conference. At the University of Cincinnati Corporate Bankruptcy Conference held in March, he provided commentary on “Bankruptcy as Asset Partition” by Marcus Cole. Skeel participated in a Columbia Law School panel discussing Lawrence Joseph’s book Lawyerland in February. He also served on a panel concerning ethics in consumer bankruptcy prior to the main conference. During an Institute for Law and Economics Bankruptcy Roundtable held at Penn Law in December 2001, he presented “Bankruptcy as a Business Address,” from his book Debt’s Dominion. Skeel was quoted during the past year on matters of corporate bankruptcy and insurance insolvency in the National Law Review, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, American Lawyer, the Washington Post, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He also wrote editorials on Enron and WorldCom, which appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was also interviewed on Nightline, National Public Radio and ABC Radio relating to Enron, WorldCom, and Arthur Andersen. He presented “Virtual Privatization: Governance Reforms for Government-Owned Firms” at a series at Penn Law in June and at a conference on Government-Owned Corporations in Brisbane, Australia in July 2001.

  • “Corporate Ownership Structure and the Evolution of Bankruptcy Law: The UK and US,” co-authored with John Armour and Brian Cheffins, Vanderbilt Law Review (Forthcoming, 2002)
  • “Virtual Privatization: Governance Strategies for Government-Owned Corporations,” Journal of Corporate Legal Studies (Forthcoming 2002); also Forthcoming as chapter in From Bureaucracy to Business Enterprise, ed. Michael Whincop (Ashgate Press, 2002).
  • “Shaming in Corporate Law,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2001)
  • Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton University Press, 2001)
  • “Lockups and Delaware Venue in Corporate Law and Bankruptcy,” 68 University of Cincinnati Law Review 1243 (2000)
  • “Vern Countryman and the Path of Progressive and Populist Bankruptcy Scholarship,” 113 Harvard Law Review 1075 (2000)
  • “What’s So Bad About Delaware?” 54 Vanderbilt University Law Review 309 (2000)
David A. Skeel, Jr. was presented the Harvey Levin Award for Teaching at Commencement exercises in May. The award is bestowed based on the popular vote of the graduating class. Skeel was bestowed the Levin Award in 1999 as well.
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