Dean Robert K. Rasmussen

Professor of Law

Current Position

University of Southern California
Gould School of Law
University Park Campus, MC-0071
699 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071

Tel: 213-740-6473
Fax: 213-740-5502

Class: XXIII (2012)Circuit: Ninth


Loyola University of Chicago, B.A. magna cum laude Major: Political Science, Minor: Mathematical Analysis (1982)
The University of Chicago Law School, J.D. cum laude, Order of the Coif (1985)

Professional Career

Professor of Law and Political Science (2008-); Dean and Carl Mason Franklin Chair in Law (2007-), USC Gould School of Law
Vanderbilt Law & Economics Program (1998-06); Professor of Law (1994-07); Associate Professor of Law (1992-94); Assistant Professor of Law (1989-92), Vanderbilt Law School: Director, Center for Law and Human Behavior (2006-07); Milton Underwood Professor of Law (2004-07); Fed Ex Research Professor (2004-05); Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2002-04)
Visiting Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School (Fall 2004)
Visiting Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School (Fall 1994)
Appellate Staff, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice (1986-89)
Law Clerk, The Hon. John C. Godbold, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1985-86)


American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Advisory Board (Apr 2010-)
American Bar Association (1987-)
American Law and Economics Association: Member (1991-); Inaugural Annual Ronald H. Coase Medal Committee (2010)
American Law Deans Association (2007-)
Beverly Hills Bar Association: Member (Apr 2009-); Board of Governors (Oct 2010-Sep 2011)
The Chancery Club of Los Angeles (May 2009-)
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Apr 2009-)
Southern California Advisory Committee of OneJustice (2010-)
RAND Institute for Civil Justice Southern California 50 Leadership Council (May 2010-)
The State Bar of California (1987-)
American Bar Foundation (Apr 2009-)
The American Law Institute (2008-)
Pacific Council on International Policy (Nov 2008-)


"Antibankruptcy," 119 The Yale Law Journal 648 2010 Co-author (with Douglas G. Baird)
"International Commercial Law," Research Handbook in International Economic Law 271, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Andrew T. Guzman and Alan O. Sykes, eds. 2007 Author
Bankruptcy Law Stories Foundation Press 2007 Editor
"The Story of Case v. Los Angeles Lumber Products: Old Equity Holders and the Reorganized Corporation," Bankruptcy Law Stories, Foundation Press 2007 Editor
"Sovereign Debt Restructuring, Odius Debt, and the Politics of Debt Relief," 70 Law & Contemp. Probs 249 (solicited for Symposium on Odius Debt) Fall 2007 Author
"Where are All the Transnational Bankruptcies?: The Puzzling Case for Universalism," 32 Brook. J. Int'l L. 983 (solicited for Symposium on Bankruptcy in the Global Village) 2007 Author
"On the Scope of Managerial Discretion in Chapter 11," 156 U. Pa. L. Rev. Pennumbra (2007), reprinted in Executive Compensation: Corporate Legal Framework, Amicus Books, The Icfai University Press (2008-09), L. Padmavathi, ed. Author
"Empirically Bankrupt," 2007 Columbia Business Law Review 180 2007 Author
"The Prime Directive," 75 University of Cincinnati Law Review 921 (solicited for Cincinnati Law & Business Symposium) 2007 Co-author (with Douglas G. Baird)
"Creating a Calamity," 68 Ohio St. L. J. 319 (solicited for Symposium on Commercial Calamities) 2007 Author


The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel, Public Service Counsel of the Year (2009)
Vanderbilt Law School, Hartman-Hall Award for outstanding teaching of first-year law students (2006-07; 00-02; 97)