Dr. Margaret F. Brinig
Associate Dean for Faculty Research
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 is 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). 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.

Nicole Garnett

Professor Nicole Stelle Garnett
Professor of Law
Provost Fellow
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). Currently, she is working on a major empirical research project with Professor Margaret Brinig examining the effects of Catholic school closures on urban neighborhoods, which will culminate in a book, Beyond Classroom Walls: The Shifting Educational Landscape of Urban Neighborhood Life, currently under contract with the University of Chicago Press. A graduate of Stanford University as well as Yale Law School, where she was an Olin Fellow for Law, Economics and Public Policy, Garnett also clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas and worked as an attorney at the Institute for Justice. She is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. For more on Professor Garnett, visit her faculty profile web page.


Professor Daniel B. Kelly
Associate 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 the theoretical analysis of takings, externalities, and opportunistic behavior and has published articles in the Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, and Supreme Court Economic Review. Professor Kelly has served as a referee for the American Law and Economics Review, Journal of Legal Analysis, 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, trusts and estates, and law and economics. For more on Professor Kelly, visit his faculty profile web page.


Professor Mark McKenna
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, 3d ed. 2011), and his recent publications have appeared in a number of prestigious journals including the Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Virginia Law Review. His latest projects deal with market definition in intellectual property, concerns about intergenerational equity, and the role of the placebo effect in intellectual property. He also currently serves as chair of the intellectual property section of the Association of American Law Schools. 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

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, and Michigan Law Review. 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, 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 and Co-Director of the Haifa Forum for Law and Markets. 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 also 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 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. 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.