Reid Kress 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 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 has served as Vice Dean since 2013.
Weisbord's scholarly work includes more than twenty-five articles, essays, and books accepted for publication in the 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 2017, 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.
In his administrative role as Vice Dean of Rutgers Law School in Newark, 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 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.