Reid Kress Weisbord
Vice Dean, Professor of Law, and Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar
Professor Weisbord’s teaching and scholarship explores a broad range of legal topics including wealth transfer, nonprofit organizations, intellectual property, publicity rights, constitutional criminal procedure, and the role of law in influencing human behavior. His published and forthcoming scholarship includes more than a dozen articles and essays accepted for publication in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Florida Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Penn State Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Columbia Law Review Online, U.C. Berkeley Business Law Journal, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press, among others. Professor Weisbord’s scholarship has been cited in leading law reviews, journals, treatises, and textbooks, as well as the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of Trusts and the Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations.
Professor Weisbord has worked actively to identify practical applications for his scholarly research. He recently submitted a Congressional Statement to the United States House Ways and Means Committee on Social Security Representative Payee Misuse and presented a proposal to reduce the rate of unintentional intestacy to the New Jersey Law Revision Commission, which voted unanimously in favor of initiating an official Commission project to study Professor Weisbord’s proposal for legislative consideration.
In his administrative role as Vice Dean of Rutgers Law School in Newark, and now in collaboration with his decanal counterpart in Camden, Professor Weisbord oversees all academic and curricular affairs; establishes the academic schedule; appoints adjunct faculty; supervises several internal departments, including the office of the Registrar, the Law Library, Information Technology, Faculty Support, and Facilities; serves as faculty advisor to the Rutgers University Law Review and as Secretary of the Newark Faculty. Professor Weisbord founded and currently chairs the Law School's program in undergraduate legal studies in Newark. In consultation with the faculty, he also developed and administers the Law School’s third-year program on bar preparation and success in Newark.
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, Professor Weisbord served as law clerk to the Hon. Jane R. Roth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Hon. Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, for whom his Rutgers scholarship designation was named. He previously practiced in the litigation department of an international law firm.
“Judicial Sentencing Error and the Constitution,” Boston University Law Review (with George C. Thomas III) (forthcoming 2016)
Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials, with Prof. Stephen K. Urice and Prof. David O. Horton (casebook under contract with Aspen Publishers, expected release 2017)
Practice & Proficiency: Wills, Trusts and Estates, with Prof. Stephen K. Urice and Brian Stewart (legal treatise/study aid under contract with Carolina Academic Press, expected release 2017)
“Facilitating Homemade Wills” in Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice in America (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
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)
Contributing Author, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog
Contributing Author, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Pharmaceutical Industry Antitrust Handbook (2009)