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William Bratton, Tess Wilkinson-Ryan to Join Penn Law's Standing Faculty

March 26, 2010

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has appointed two new members to its standing faculty: William Wilson Bratton, a nationally renowned expert in business law, and Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, a rising interdisciplinary scholar in law and psychology.

“I am delighted to welcome these outstanding scholars to Penn Law's standing faculty,” said Dean Michael A. Fitts. “As a leading expert in business law, Bill Bratton will be a valuable addition to the Law School’s already strong concentration in business law. And Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, an up-and-coming legal talent, will further Penn Law’s standing as a pioneer in interdisciplinary legal education. Just as important, both Bill and Tess are exceptional teachers and collaborators who will enhance the intellectual vitality of the Law School.”

William Wilson BrattonWilliam Wilson Bratton is presently the Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.  He served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School for the 2009-10 academic year. Bratton is also a Research Associate at the European Corporate Governance Institute in Brussels, Belgium and this year’s Anton Philips Professor at the Faculty of Law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.  Bratton is an expert in corporate law, legal history, and law and economics. His recent scholarship addresses a range of topics, including shareholder primacy, hedge fund activism, financial accounting standards, dividend policy, executive pay, and merger valuation.  He is the editor of Corporate Finance: Case and Materials and the co-editor of an Oxford Press Collection of essays on regulatory competition.  He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Economics Association and the American Finance Association. Before joining Georgetown Law, Bratton served on the faculties of Cardozo Law School, Rutgers School of Law-Newark and George Washington University Law School.  He previously clerked for Judge William H. Timbers of the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals and practiced corporate law at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. Bratton earned his BA and JD from Columbia University.
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Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, a rising interdisciplinary scholar who studies the crossroads of law and psychology, is currently a Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Wilkinson-Ryan’s recent research applies experimental paradigms from psychology and behavioral economics to investigate the role of moral intuitions in legal decision-making, including breach of contract and divorce negotiations.  She has published numerous articles in law reviews and peer reviewed journals. Wilkinson-Ryan holds a BA from Harvard University and a JD and PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.