To: The Northwestern Law Community
From: David Van Zandt
Re: Bernard Black and Katherine Litvak to Join Northwestern Law
I am pleased to announce that Bernard Black and Katherine Litvak have accepted offers to join our research faculty.
Bernie will officially join the Law School in September 2010 with a joint appointment in the Finance Department at Kellogg. He will be installed as the first holder of a new professorship in formation between the Law School and Kellogg. A nationally-recognized expert in corporate law and finance as well as health care regulation, Bernie currently serves as the Hayden W. Head Regents Chair for Faculty Excellence at the University of Texas School of Law, a professor of finance at the McCombs School of Business, and co-director of the Center for Law, Business, and Economics at the University of Texas. Prior to these appointments, he was the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford, and prior to that, a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, counsel to a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, an attorney at Skadden Arps in New York, and a clerk for the Hon. Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Bernie has also served as a policy advisor to the U.S. government as well as several countries throughout the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, South Korea, Mongolia, and Vietnam. He has authored or co-authored numerous books and scholarly articles. Bernie received a BA from Princeton, an MA in physics from Berkeley, and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Kate joins the Law School this September. Her areas of expertise include venture capital, private equity, corporate and securities law, and corporate finance. Currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Kate previously served as a clerk for both the Hon. Ralph K. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as well as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Columbia Law School. She has presented at more than 50 national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars. Kate received her BA from the University of California-Los Angeles, an MA in international relations from Harvard, her JD from Stanford Law School, and also is commencing studies in Kellogg’s PhD program in finance.
I am delighted to welcome both Bernie and Kate to the Law School and thankful to the many members of our community who helped with the hiring and recruitment process. The addition of these two scholars will further enhance our already strong reputation in the areas of corporate governance and finance.
E. Van Zandt
Northwestern University School of Law
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