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Bernstein, Zywicki Named Foundation Professors of Law

Law School Dean Daniel Polsby has announced the selection of Professors David E. Bernstein and Todd J. Zywicki as George Mason University Foundation Professors of Law in recognition of their major contributions to the academic field of law.

The award of a named or endowed professorship is traditionally considered one of the highest honors to be received by an academic. "It is a pleasure to be able to recognize the achievements of colleagues who have been prolific scholars and effective teachers over many years, and who are so closely identifiued with the George Mason law school program," said Polsby.

Bernstein has taught at Mason Law since 1995. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and John M. Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy. His writings include over sixty frequently-cited scholarly articles, book chapters, and think tank studies. In addition, Bernstein is the author of You Can't Say That! The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws (Cato Institute 2003). He is the co-author of The New Wigmore: Expert Evidence (Aspen Law and Business 2003), author of Only One Place of Redress: African-Americans, Labor Regulations, and the Courts from Reconstruction to the New Deal (Duke 2001), and co-editor of Phantom Risk: Scientific Inference and the Law (MIT 1993). He currently serves as chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools Evidence section. Bernstein teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Evidence, Expert and Scientific Evidence, Products Liability, and Torts at Mason Law.

Zywicki has taught in the areas of bankruptcy and contracts at Mason Law since 1998. He received his JD from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Tax Review and John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics. Zywicki is the author of more than 30 articles in leading law reviews and economics journals, and two new books by Zywicki are forthcoming. He has testified before Congress on bankruptcy reform issues and is a frequent commentator in the print and broadcast media. During the 2003-04 academic year, Zywicki served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. His expertise is in the areas of bankruptcy law, consumer credit and consumer lending, consumer protection law, law and economics, and obesity and advertising.