Endowed Law Chairs
Charles W. Mooney, Jr. is the Charles A. Heimbold,
Jr. Professor of Law. Dr. Mooney is one of the foremost
experts in the country on commercial law and bankruptcy
law issues and widely respected for his unique and
lasting contributions to law reform. He has written
over 40 articles and two widely-used case books, Security
Interests in Personal Property and Sales and
Secured Financing, which are widely used in law
schools around the country.
Mooney has been very active in numerous professional
organizations, among them the American Law Institute,
as a Fellow at the American College of Commercial Finance
Lawyers and American College of Bankruptcy; Chair of
the ABA Committee on Uniform Commercial Code; Chair
of the Sub-committee on Personal Property Leasing;
Member, Secretary of State's Federal Advisory Committee
on Private International Law; and as a U.S. Delegate
(appointed by the Department of State) to numerous
American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers recently
honored Dr. Mooney with the Distinguished Service Award
for his contributions to the uniform law process. Dr.
Mooney has also performed invaluable administrative
service to the Law School as Associate Dean and Interim
Dean, and to the University as Chair-elect of the Faculty
Senate and a member of the Presidential Search Consultative
Committee. After a successful career in private practice,
he joined the Penn Law faculty in 1986.
Kim Lane Scheppele is the John J. O'Brien Professor
of Comparative Law and Professor of Sociology. Dr.
Scheppele is one of the leading socio-legal scholars
in the country today. She has written widely on subjects
ranging from legal fictions to insider trading and
from problems of evidence law to interest group lobbying.
In the last decade, her work has focused on comparative
constitutional law, involving extensive periods of
field work in Hungary and Russia. In addition to a
book on constitutional development in post-socialist
Europe, she has been working on a large project analyzing
legal responses of the U.S. and Europe to the events
of September 11. Recent articles include "A Realpolitik
Defense of Social Rights," Texas Law Review (2004); "Constitutional
Ethnography," Law and Society Review (2004); "Constitutional
Negotiations: Political Contexts of Judicial Activism
in Post-Soviet Europe," International Sociology (2003);
and "Aspirational and Aversive Constitutionalism: The
Case for Studying Cross-Constitutional Influence through
Negative Models," International Journal of Constitutional
Law (2003). Her first book, Legal Secrets: Equality
and Efficiency in the Common Law, received special
recognition in the Distinguished Scholarly Publication
award competition of the American Sociological Association.
Scheppele has also won a large number of highly competitive
research grants, including several National Science
Foundation grants. She was most recently appointed
a Fellow at the Center for Law & Public Affairs
at Princeton University (2004-2005). She has been an
advisor to the United Nations task force charged with
helping to construct Afghanistan's new constitution,
and she testified before the Florida legislature on
matters connected to the election recount in 2000.
Dr. Scheppele has served in a broad variety of academic
leadership positions in the Law and Society Association,
American Sociological Association and the American
Political Science Association. She received the Robert
A. Gorman Teaching Award at Penn Law in 2002 and several
major teaching awards from the University of Michigan,
where she taught for 12 years before coming to Penn.
Dr. Scheppele joined the Penn Law faculty in 1996.
David A. Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of
Corporate Law. Dr. Skeel has become one of the
country's foremost authorities on corporate law and
commercial bankruptcy. He is the author of Debt's
Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (2001),
a forthcoming monograph on corporate scandals, and
over 40 law review articles and essays. Among the most
recent include "Creditors Ball: The 'New' New Corporate
Governance in Chapter 11," University of Pennsylvania
Law Review (2003), "Can Majority Voting Provisions
Do It All?" Emory Law Journal (2003), "Corporate
Anatomy Lessons," Yale Law Journal (forthcoming
2004), and "Corporate Ownership Structure and the Evolution
of Bankruptcy Law: Lessons from the United Kingdom," Vanderbilt
Law Review (2002).
national media constantly seeks Dr. Skeel's expertise
into the recent corporate bankruptcies and other business-related
issues. Dr. Skeel has twice received the Harvey Levin
Award for Excellence in Teaching. He joined the
Penn Law faculty in 1999 from Temple University.