The Life and Work of Christian Legal Theorist William Stuntz
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road
Abstract: The past several decades have seen a renaissance in criminal procedure as a cutting edge discipline, and as one inseparably linked to substantive criminal law. The renaissance can be traced in no small part to the work of a single scholar: William Stuntz. In their forthcoming book,The Political Heart of Criminal Procedure: Essays on Themes of William J. Stuntz (Cambridge University Press, 2012) David Skeel and his co-editors, Michael J. Klarman and Carol S. Steiker, bring together twelve leading American criminal justice scholars whose own writings have been profoundly influenced by Stuntz and his work. In this talk, Skeel will discuss the arc of Stuntz’s career, his criminal justice scholarship, and Stuntz’s writings on Christianity as well as the cancer that ultimately killed him.
David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the author of The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and Its (Unintended) Consequences (Wiley, 2011), Icarus in the Boardroom (Oxford, 2005) and Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001), as well as numerous articles and other publications. He has appeared onThe News Hour, Nightline, Chris Matthews’ Hardball (MSNBC), National Public Radio, and Marketplace, among others, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines. Skeel has received multiple awards for outstanding teaching. In addition to bankruptcy and corporate law, he also writes on sovereign debt, Christianity and law, and poetry and the law. He earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia and his B.A. at University of North Carolina. Skeel is a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (2007- ) and is an elder at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.