Ray D. Madoff
Boston College Law School
Ray Madoff is a Professor at Boston College Law School where she teaches trusts and estates, estate and gift tax, estate planning, and a seminar on immortality and the law. Professor Madoff is a regular commentator on matters of estate taxes, charitable giving, and general rights of the dead. She has published several op-eds in the New York Times and has also published op-eds in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and Barons, among other publications. She has appeared on dozens of radio shows, including All Things Considered, Marketplace and the Leonard Lopate Show.
Professor Madoff is the author of Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead (Yale 2010), which looks at how American law treats the interests of the dead and what this tells us about our values for the living. The Financial Times calls it "a sparkling polemic." Professor Madoff has done a number of radio interviews on the subject including: "Legally Dead," (The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC Radio), "Changes to U.S. Taxing After Death," (Marketplace), and "The Rising Power of the American Dead," (AARP Radio: Prime Time Focus), among others. For a full list, click here. Professor Madoff was also featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education: "5 Minutes With: A Law Professor on the Property Rights of the Dead."
She is also the lead author of Practical Guide to Estate Planning (CCH), and has written in a wide variety of areas involving property and death.
Professor Madoff is an experienced mediator and leading authority on the use of mediation to resolve will and trust disputes. Prior to teaching, she was a practicing attorney for 10 years in New York and Boston.
Professor Madoff is a member of the American Law Institute, an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and the Chair of the Donative Transfers Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the ACTEC Foundation.