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Robert K. Rasmussen


Robert K. Rasmussen was named dean of the USC Gould School of Law and holder of the Carl Mason Franklin Dean’s Chair in Law effective August 2007.

Rasmussen came to USC from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he held the Milton Underwood Chair in Law and directed the Law and Human Behavior Program. From 1998 to 2006, he was director of the Vanderbilt Law and Economics Program. He also served as chair of the Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate and as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs. Additionally, during nearly two decades at Vanderbilt, Rasmussen became one of the university’s most celebrated professors, receiving the law school’s outstanding teaching award six times.

A nationally recognized expert in bankruptcy and corporate reorganizations, Rasmussen studies the interaction of market forces and corporate reorganization law. His most recent work addresses fundamental changes in corporate reorganization practice. He has written or co-written dozens of articles published in some of the country’s leading law journals, including the Supreme Court Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Stanford Law Review and the Michigan Law Review.

Rasmussen is an active member of the American Law and Economics Association, and he also participated in the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Bankruptcy Reform Study Project. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan law schools.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Rasmussen served as a clerk for the Honorable John C. Godbold, chief judge of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and was a member of the Civil Division Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice.

He earned his J.D. cum laude in 1985 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago in 1982.

Last Updated: 12/09/11