Faculty

Faculty

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Dr. Margaret F. Brinig
Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law
Co-Director, Law and Economics Program

Professor Brinig’s primary research and writing field is the law and economics of the family, and she is especially interested in empirical answers to questions addressed by law. Professor Brinig has written more than 70 articles and book chapters and has worked with coauthors in law, economics, sociology, medicine and public health from all over the United States and from Canada. Among her recent publications are Family, Law, and Community: Supporting the Covenant (University of Chicago Press, 2010), a sequel to her earlier book From Contract to Covenant: Beyond the Law and Economics of the Family (Harvard University Press, 2000), and Lost Classrooms, Lost Communities: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America (with Nicole Stelle Garnett) (University of Chicago Press, 2014). She referees for numerous journals and presses including the American Law and Economics Review, Journal of Legal Studies, and Yale University Press. Brinig, who holds both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in economics, teaches in the areas of family law, alternative dispute resolution, insurance, and law and economics. For more on Professor Brinig, visit her faculty profile web page.


Dr. K.J. Martijn Cremers
Professor of Finance
Concurrent Professor of Law

Professor Cremers researches issues in corporate governance, empirical asset pricing, investment management, and mutual funds. He has published his research in a number of prestigious finance journals, such as the Journal of Finance and Review of Financial Studies, as well as law and economics journals and law reviews, such as the American Law and Economics Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and Stanford Law Review. He has co-authored several articles with legal scholars, including Institutional Investors and Proxy Voting: The Impact of the 2003 Mutual Fund Voting Disclosure Regulation (with Roberta Romano), CEO Pay Slice and Firm Performance (with Lucian Bebchuck and Urs Peyer), Thirty Years of Shareholder Rights and Firm Valuation (with Allen Ferrell), and “The Shareholder Value of Empowered Boards” (with Simone Sepe). A graduate of VU University Amsterdam, Cremers earned a Ph.D. in Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business, and then taught at Yale School of Management. At Notre Dame, he teaches courses on Fixed Income Securities I, Fixed Income Securities II, and Corporate Governance and Catholic Social Teaching. For more on Professor Cremers, visit his faculty profile web page.


Nicole Garnett

Professor Nicole Stelle Garnett
John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law
Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiatives

Professor Garnett’s research and teaching interests include property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education. In addition to authoring numerous articles on these subjects, Professor Garnett recently published Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2009) and Lost Classrooms, Lost Communities: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America (with Margaret F. Brinig) (University of Chicago Press, 2014). A graduate of Stanford University as well as Yale Law School, where she was an Olin Fellow for Law, Economics and Public Policy, Garnett clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas and worked as an attorney at the Institute for Justice. She has served as a peer reviewer for Yale University Press, University of Chicago Press, Oxford University Press, and Land Use and Environmental Law Review. For more on Professor Garnett, visit her faculty profile web page.


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Professor Daniel B. Kelly
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Law and Economics Program

Professor Kelly’s primary research and writing fields are the economic analysis of property law and wills, trusts, and estates. He is particularly interested in eminent domain, "strategic spillovers", dividing and sharing property rights, testamentary freedom and its limitations, and the function of fiduciary duties. He has published his work in a number of journals, including Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, and Supreme Court Economic Review, as well as Research Handbook on the Economics of Property Law (Kenneth Ayotte & Henry E. Smith eds., Edward Elgar Press 2011) and Law and Economics of Possession (Yun-Chien Chang ed., Cambridge UP, 2015). Kelly also has served as a referee for the American Law and Economics Review, Harvard Law Review, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Journal of Legal Analysis, Review of Law & Economics, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Chicago Press, Yale Law Journal, and Yale University Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Business and later a Terence M. Considine Fellow in Law and Economics, Kelly teaches property, remedies, trusts and estates, and law and economics. For more on Professor Kelly, visit his faculty profile web page.


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Professor Mark McKenna
Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Notre Dame Presidential Fellow
Professor of Law

Professor McKenna’s research and teaching interests focus on intellectual property, primarily trademark, copyright, and the right of publicity. He is a co-author of The Law of Intellectual Property (Aspen Law & Business, 4th ed. 2013), and his recent publications have appeared in a number of prestigious journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Virginia Law Review. Some of his latest projects include an empirical study of Lanham Act false advertising decisions, a comparative analysis of innovation institutions and failures, and a study of the ways IP law understands product dimensions. A graduate of Virginia Law School, Professor McKenna litigated trademark and copyright cases with an intellectual property firm in Chicago before entering academia. For more on Professor McKenna, visit his faculty profile web page.


Dr. Avishalom Tor
Professor of Law
Director, Research Program on Law and Market Behavior (ND LAMB)

Professor Tor researches and teaches in the areas of antitrust, behavioral analysis of law, and corporations. His articles have appeared in prestigious journals such as Antitrust, the Antitrust Law Journal, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Michigan Law Review, and Texas Law Review. He recently has contributed to The Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Economics and the Law (Doron Teichman & Eyal Zamir eds., Oxford University Press, 2014) and European Perspectives on Behavioural Law and Economics (Klaus Mathis ed., Springer 2015). He has served as Secretary for the European Association for Law and Economics and a referee for numerous journals and presses including the American Law and Economics Review, Antitrust Law Journal, Journal of Legal Studies, and Review of Law and Economics. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, Professor Tor was a Senior Lecturer (with tenure) at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law where he is currently Global Professor of Law. After receiving both an LL.M and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a research fellow at the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, Tor worked as an attorney advisor and consultant with the Federal Trade Commission. For more on Professor Tor, visit his faculty profile web page.


Stephen Yelderman

Professor Stephen Yelderman
Associate Professor of Law

Professor Yelderman’s primary research and teaching interests include patent, copyright, and antitrust law. He is particularly interested in ways that intellectual property and regulatory entitlements can be used to protect, impair, and stimulate competition in various markets. His recent scholarship includes Improving Patent Quality with Applicant Incentives (in the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology) and Coordination-Focused Patent Policy. Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame Law School, Professor Yelderman served in the Telecommunications and Media section of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, investigating and litigating a variety of cases involving the cable and wireless industries. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. For more on Professor Yelderman, visit his faculty profile web page.