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Four Penn Law Faculty to Chaired Professorships

December 20, 2011, Volume 58, No. 16

Four University of Pennsylvania Law School professors have been awarded chaired professorships by the provost of the University: William Bratton, Jody Kraus, Gideon Parchomovsky, and Christopher S. Yoo. 

“Each of these individuals is an exceptional and prolific scholar, with significant visibility both nationally and internationally,” said Michael A. Fitts, dean of the Law School. “The faculty is the heart and center of a great academic institution. These four scholars, along with our other outstanding colleagues in corporate law, intellectual property, and law and philosophy, further Penn Law’s eminence in these important fields.”


William Bratton, the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and a co-director of Penn Law’s Institute for Law and Economics, is widely recognized as one of the leading corporate law scholars in the United States, having published over 50 articles and book chapters, as well as the leading casebook on corporate finance. His extensive scholarly publications, which often apply finance theory to illuminate the intricate workings of corporate and financial institutions, have challenged much of the received wisdom on shareholder responsibility and managerial excesses.


Jody Kraus, who joined the Law School this year from the University of Virginia, is the David E. Kaufman & Leopold C. Glass Professor of Law. Professor Kraus is one of the leading academics in the country in the field of contracts as well as at the intersection of economics and philosophy. While serving as co-author of the leading casebook on contracts and penning some of the most important articles in the field, he is best known for developing, especially in his recent work, a sophisticated philosophical defense of an economic analysis of law. At Penn Law, he is a co-director of the Institute for Law and Philosophy.


Gideon Parchomovsky is the Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law. Over the course of his 13 years in academia, Professor Parchomovsky has published as many articles in top five law reviews as almost any other legal academic in the United States—with a new book forthcoming this year with the Yale University Press. In his extensive publications, he has garnered a truly unique and enviable reputation for intellectual innovation as he applies an economic analysis to some of the most central issues in real and intellectual property.


Christopher S. Yoo is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law. Professor Yoo, who is one of the leading figures in the related fields of telecommunications and intellectual property, is the founding director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition at the Law School. During his 13 years in academia he has published more than 50 articles and book chapters, as well as three books, which provide a sophisticated economic and institutional analysis of the major issues in the field.

Almanac - December 20, 2011, Volume 58, No. 16