Reid Kress Weisbord is a Professor of Law and the Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar at Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey. Since joining the Rutgers faculty in 2010, Professor Weisbord has established a national reputation as an award-winning legal scholar, educator, and academic administrator. 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. He served as Vice Dean of Rutgers Law School from 2013 to 2019.
Weisbord's scholarly work includes more than thirty articles, essays, and books published or forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Stanford Law Review Online, Columbia Law Review Online, 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.
Weisbord is the co-author of WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES: THE ESSENTIALS, now in its second edition published by Wolters Kluwer under the Aspen Casebook Series imprint (with David Horton and Stephen Urice). Weisbord is also the co-author of ESTATE PLANNING, the encyclopedic treatise first published in 1953 by the late James Casner, now under the authorship of Jeffrey Pennell.
Professor Weisbord has received the Greg Lastowka Memorial Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Rutgers Law School Distinguished Services Award, and the International Institute of Education Award for Outstanding Service. Professor Weisbord has also worked actively to identify practical applications for his scholarly research, including the submission of legislative proposals invited by the United States House Ways and Means Committee and the New Jersey Law Revision Commission. Weisbord is an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and co-editor of the Trusts & Estates section of JOTWELL.
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.