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Three New Endowed Chairs at the Law School

L. Katz

Leo Katz has been appointed the new Frank Carano Professor of Law. He was appointed to the Michigan law faculty in 1987 and moved laterally to Penn Law in 1991. Focusing primarily on the more counterintuitive aspects of our substantive criminal law, he is the author of two books: Ill Gotten Gains: Evasion, Blackmail, Fraud and Kindred Puzzles of the Law (1996) and Bad Acts and Guilty Minds: Conundrums of the Criminal Law (1987).  He is also the co-editor, with Michael S. Moore and Penn Law professor Stephen Morse, of an  interdisciplinary reader, Foundations Of The Criminal Law.  He received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his new book project, Why The Law is So Perverse. His work investigates crimes of coercion and deception, economic crimes like tax evasion, and crimes without apparent victims, shedding light more generally on problems of consent, the use and abuse of legal stratagems, and the nature of harm throughout the law.  

Professor Katz has been a visiting professor at Goethe Universität Frankfurt and a visiting scholar at the Australian National University, and  will be in residence at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin for part of the next academic year.  

M. Knoll

Michael Knoll will be the new Earle Hepburn Professor of Law. He began his academic career in 1990 at the University of Southern California Law School. He joined Penn Law in 2000 when he was also appointed to the faculty in Wharton’s Real Estate Department. Dr. Knoll, who holds a Ph.D. in economics as well as a J.D. (both from the University of Chicago) is known for applying finance principles in order to understand the flaws in our existing tax system and to generate proposals for how that system could be redesigned. He has published extensively with articles appearing in many law reviews and in peer-reviewed journals, and his opinion pieces have appeared in national newspapers.

Dr. Knoll began his legal career at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), where he helped develop an economic and legal analysis for antidumping and countervailing duty cases. That analysis is still used in the United States and has been adopted abroad, becoming a focal point in the debate on the proper enforcement of the unfair trade practices regime, and has produced a large and growing literature. In addition to working at the ITC, he was in private practice and clerked for the Hon. Alex Kozinki of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals before entering academia. Before coming to Penn, he was a visiting professor or visiting scholar at the law schools of the University of Virginia, Georgetown, Columbia, New York University, and Toronto.

At Penn, Dr. Knoll has developed several innovative interdisciplinary classes that he teaches. He serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn Law.

R. Shuldiner

Reed Shuldiner will be the new Alvin Snowiss Professor of Law. Dr. Shuldiner began his academic career here at Penn Law in 1990 and has served as a Visiting Professor at Yale Law School and currently at Harvard Law School. He holds a Ph.D. in economics, a J.D., and a B.S.E. He has written a series of articles on the taxation of financial products as well as on the feasibility of a flat rate wealth tax. Widely known for his expertise on the structure of our tax system, Dr. Shuldiner has served as an attorney adviser in the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, the premier tax policy office in the country.  He has also served as a consultant to the governments of China, Lithuania, the Philippines and South Africa on the reform of their tax systems on behalf of the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury.  

Dr. Shuldiner also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn Law from 2000 to 2002.



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 22, February 22, 2005


February 22, 2005
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