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Bernard Black and Katherine Litvak to Join Northwestern Law

June 12, 2009

Bernard Black and Katherine Litvak have accepted offers to join Northwestern Law as research faculty.

Black will officially join the Law School in September 2010 with a joint appointment in the Finance Department at the Kellogg School of Management. He will be installed as the first holder of a new professorship in formation between the Law School and Kellogg. A nationally-recognized expert in corporate law and finance as well as health care regulation, Black currently serves as the Hayden W. Head Regents Chair for Faculty Excellence at the University of Texas School of Law, a professor of finance at the McCombs School of Business, and co-director of the Center for Law, Business, and Economics at the University of Texas. Prior to these appointments, he was the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford. Prior to that, he was a law professor at Columbia Law School, counsel to a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, an attorney at Skadden Arps in New York, and a clerk for the Hon. Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Black has also served as a policy advisor to the U.S. government as well as several countries throughout the world, including Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, South Korea, Mongolia, and Vietnam. He has authored or co-authored numerous books and scholarly articles. He received a BA from Princeton, an MA in physics from Berkeley, and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Litvak joins the Law School this September. Her areas of expertise include venture capital, private equity, corporate and securities law, and corporate finance. Currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Litvak previously served as a clerk for both the Hon. Ralph K. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as well as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Columbia Law School. She has presented at more than 50 national and international conferences, workshops, and seminars. Litvak received her BA from the University of California-Los Angeles, an MA in international relations from Harvard, her JD from Stanford Law School, and also is commencing studies in Kellogg’s PhD program in finance.

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