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Professor Reid Weisbord
J.D., Pennsylvania
B.S., Pennsylvania
Trusts & Estates, Taxation of Donative Transfers

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Reid Kress Weisbord

Vice Dean, Professor of Law, and Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar

Professor Weisbord received a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He served as comment editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

Before joining the Rutgers faculty in 2010, Professor Weisbord served as law clerk to the Hon. Jane R. Roth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He previously clerked for the Hon. Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and practiced in the litigation department of Dechert LLP in Philadelphia.

Professor Weisbord is a nationally-respected expert in the areas of trust and estates and nonprofit law. His published work has been cited in dozens of leading law reviews, journals, treatises, and books, as well as the Restatement (Third) of Trusts and the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations. His article, “Wills for Everyone: Helping Individuals Opt Out of Intestacy,” 53 Boston College Law Review 877 (2012), was recognized as one of the top 10 noteworthy law review articles published in 2012 in the areas of trusts and estates and the gift and estate tax.

In his administrative role as Vice Dean, Weisbord oversees all academic and curricular affairs, establishes the academic schedule, supervises the Registrar, and serves as Secretary of the Faculty.


Law Review Articles

“The Advisory Function of Law,” Tulane Law Review (forthcoming 2015)

“Trust Term Extension,” 67 Florida Law Review 73 (2015)

“Anatomical Intent,” 124 Yale Law Journal Forum 117 (2014)

“Federalizing Principles of Donative Intent and Unanticipated Circumstances,” 67 Vanderbilt Law Review 1931 (2014)

“Charitable Insolvency and Corporate Governance in Bankruptcy Reorganization,” 10 U.C. Berkeley Business Law Journal 305 (2014)

“Social Security Representative Payee Misuse,” 117 Penn State Law Review 1257 (2013) (invited)

“Wills for Everyone: Helping Individuals Opt Out of Intestacy,” 53 Boston College Law Review 877 (2012)

The Connection Between Unintentional Intestacy and Urban Poverty,” Rutgers Law Review Commentaries (2012)

“The Effects of Donor Standing on Philanthropy: Insights From the Psychology of Gift-Giving” (with Peter DeScioli, Ph.D.), 45 Gonzaga Law Review 225 (2010)

“Reservations About Donor Standing: Should the Law Allow Charitable Donors to Reserve the Right to Enforce A Gift Restriction,” 42 Real Property Probate and Trust Journal 245 (2007)

Books (authored)

Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials, with Prof. Stephen K. Urice (casebook under contract with Aspen Publishers, expected release 2016)

Practice & Proficiency: Wills, Trusts and Estates (legal treatise/study aid under contract with Carolina Academic Press, expected release 2016)

Books (edited)

Series Editor: Practice & Proficiency (book series under contract with Carolina Academic Press)


“Use of Income Tax Forms to Promote Homemade Wills” in Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice for Americans of Average Means (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014)

Congressional Statement to United States House Ways and Means Committee regarding Social Security Representative Payee Misuse (June 5, 2013)

Book Review: “Immortality and the Law,” 34 Journal of the American Taxation Association 176 (2012) (invited)

Contributing Author, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog

Contributing Author, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Pharmaceutical Industry Antitrust Handbook (2009)