Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Professor of Law
WHO WOULD WALK away rom a spectacular career in corporate law at a big-time law firm with blue-chip clients such as Citibank? Charles W. Mooney, Jr., that’s who.
In 1986, nine months
after finding out about an impending opening on the Penn Law faculty, Mooney left the wellheeled
corridors of Shearman & Sterling in New York, where he
was a partner, and bid farewell to 14 years of private practice.
He traded his pinstripes for khakis and entered the academy.
And he’s never looked back.
Mooney, who recently reached an academic milestone with
his appointment as the Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Professor of
Law, calls the move “the best decision I ever made… What appealed
to me was the chance to dig into legal issues and get to
the bottom of them.”
Eighteen years later, he’s still digging. Mooney, an acknowledged
expert on commercial and bankruptcy law, is an author
of Security Interests in Personal Property, a case book that is
used at law schools nationwide. These days, he is working on
a comprehensive normative theory of bankruptcy. That pursuit
has led him to think long and hard about bankruptcy filings and