Professor of Law and Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar
Reid Weisbord
Rutgers Law School
451
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-3147

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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  • Publications
  • Courses Taught
  • Expertise
Biography

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, 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. In 2018, he co-authored a first edition textbook on trusts and estates published by Wolters Kluwer under its Aspen Casebook Series imprint.

Professor Weisbord received the Greg Lastowka Memorial Award for Scholarly Excellence 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.

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.

 

Publications

Books

Reid K. Weisbord, David Horton, & Stephen K. Urice: WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES - THE ESSENTIALS, 2nd Edition (Wolters Kluwer - Aspen Casebook Series, 2021)

 

Reid K. Weisbord, David Horton, & Stephen K. Urice: WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES - THE ESSENTIALS, 2nd Edition, Teacher's Manual (Wolters Kluwer - Aspen Casebook Series, 2021)

 

Reid K. Weisbord, David Horton, & Stephen K. Urice: WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES - THE ESSENTIALS (Wolters Kluwer - Aspen Casebook Series 2018)

 

Reid K. Weisbord, David Horton, & Stephen K. Urice: WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES - THE ESSENTIALS Teacher's Manual (Wolters Kluwer - Aspen Casebook Series 2018)

 

Law Review Articles

"Inheritance Crimes," 95 Washington Law Review __ (forthcoming 2021) (with David Horton)

 

"Heir Hunting," 169 University of Pennsylvania Law Review __ (forthcoming 2021) (with David Horton)

 

"Probate Lending: Data from San Francisco," 169 University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online __ (forthcoming 2020) (with David Horton)

 

"Are There Really 'Plenty of Shapiros Out There'? A Comment on the Courage of Norma L. Shapiro," University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online (forthcoming 2020)   

 

"COVID-19 and Formal Wills," 73 Stanford Law Review Online 18 (2020) (with David Horton)

 

"Inheritance Forgery," 69 Duke Law Journal 855 (2020) (with David Horton)

 

"Fiduciary Authority and Liability in Probate Estates: An Empirical Analysis," 53 UC Davis Law Review 2561 (2020)

 

"Boilerplate No Contest Clauses," 82 Law & Contemporary Problems 69 (2019) (with David Horton)

 

"Postmortem Defamation in a Society without Truth for the Living," 71 Rutgers University Law Review 667 (2019)

 

 "Postmortem Austerity and Entitlement Reform," 71 Stanford Law Review Online 132 (2018)

 

"The Governmental Stake in Private Wealth Transfer," 98 Boston University Law Review 1229 (2018)

 

"Boilerplate and Default Rules in Wills Law: An Empirical Analysis," 103 Iowa Law Review 663 (2018) (with David Horton)   

  • Essay responses by Mark Glover and Danaya C. Wright

 

"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 (2016) (with George C. Thomas III)  

 

“A Copyright Right of Publicity,” 84 Fordham Law Review 2803 (2016)

  • Features exclusive first-person narrative contributed by Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano
  • Recognized as one of the best law review articles in the area of 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 by Sergio Pareja on JOTWELL  
  • Essay responses by Daniel B. Kelly and Alexander A. Boni-Saenz

 

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

  • Reviewed by Gerry Beyer on JOTWELL 

 

“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)

  • Cited in the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations

 

“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 by Browne Lewis on JOTWELL 
  • Recognized 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 Restatement of the Law of Charitable 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

 

Book Chapters and Other Publications:

Essay Response to “Asymmetries in the Generation and Transmission of Wealth” by Felix Chang, 78 Ohio State Law Journal Furthermore (2019) (invited reply)

  

"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)  

 

 

Courses Taught
  • COMMON LAW CAPSTONE
  • LAW REVIEW
  • LEIDEN STUDY ABROAD
  • TRUSTS AND ESTATES
Expertise
  • Criminal Sentencing
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Property
  • Wills