Vice Dean, Professor of Law, and Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar
Reid Weisbord
Newark Campus
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Reid Kress Weisbord is the Vice Dean, Professor of Law, and the Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar. His teaching and scholarship explore topics on wealth transfer, nonprofit organizations, intellectual property, publicity rights, constitutional criminal procedure, and the role of law in influencing human behavior. He is the author of numerous articles and previously practiced in the litigation department of an international law firm.

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Reid K. Weisbord is Vice Dean, Professor of Law, and 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 innovative and productive 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.


Weisbord's published and forthcoming scholarship includes more than twenty articles and essays accepted for publication in the Vanderbilt Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Florida Law Review, Tulane 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.




Law Review Articles


"Boilerplate and Default Rules in Wills Law: An Empirical Analysis," 102 Iowa Law Review __ (with David O. Horton) (forthcoming 2017)


"A Catharsis for U.S. Trust Law: American Reflections on the Panama Papers," 116 Columbia Law Review Online 93 (2016)


“Judicial Sentencing Error and the Constitution,” 96 Boston University Law Review 1617 (with George C. Thomas III) (2016)


“A Copyright Right of Publicity,” 84 Fordham Law Review 2803 (2016) (with an exclusive first-person narrative contribution by Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano; recognized as one of the best law review articles related to entertainment, publishing and/or the arts of 2016 and selected by peer review for republication in the Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook by Thomson Reuters (West))


“The Advisory Function of Law,” 90 Tulane Law Review 129 (2015)


"Trust Term Extension," 67 Florida Law Review 73 (2015) (recognized as one of the top 5 Gift & Estate Tax articles of 2015, see 75 Tax Prac. 274; reviewed at; essay responses by Daniel B. Kelly and Alexander A. Boni-Saenz)


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


“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)


“Wills for Everyone: Helping Individuals Opt Out of Intestacy,” 53 Boston College Law Review 877 (2012) (reviewed at and honored as one the top 10 articles in Trusts & Estates and Gift & Estate Tax for 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) (cited in the Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations)


“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) (cited in Restatement (Third) of Trusts)


Books (authored)

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)



Book Chapters and Other Publications:

"Are There Really 'Plenty of Shapiros Out There'? A Comment on the Courage of Norma L. Shapiro" (with David Hoffman) (Chapter in Edited Volume of Essays on Notable American Judges, University of Virginia Press, forthcoming 2018)


"Sham and Remedial Doctrines," 22 Trusts & Trustees 850 (Oxford University Press) (with Alexander A. Boni-Saenz) (July 2016)


“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)




  • Criminal Sentencing
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Property
  • Wills