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August 31, 2006

Press Contacts: Laura Castro, UT Law Communications, 512-232-1229.

Professor Mark Ascher Appointed to Jamail Centennial Chair in Law

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Professor Mark Ascher
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AUSTIN, Texas—Professor Mark Ascher of The University of Texas School of Law has been appointed to the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law effective Sept. 1. 

Professor Ascher specializes in the law of estates and trusts, estate planning, and tax law.  Since 1992, he has been responsible for the annual supplementation of the classic, 12-volume treatise, Scott on Trusts.  This past April, the first two volumes of the fifth edition, called Scott and Ascher on Trusts, were published by Aspen Publishers.  The remaining volumes are expected to appear two or three at a time, over the next several years.

 “We have all long valued Mark Ascher as a colleague, scholar, and institutional leader. His appointment to the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair reflects the great esteem that he rightfully enjoys at the UT School of Law,” said Lawrence Sager, incoming dean of the Law School.

Said Ascher:  “I was absolutely delighted to be asked to join the University of Texas faculty six and a half years ago, and I am equally delighted to learn of this honor.  UT Law is an amazing place—wonderful faculty and students, with extremely supportive alumni, in a fantastic town and an amazing state.  It’s hard to imagine a school that would be a better fit for me and my work.”

Ascher joined the UT Law faculty in January 2000. Previously, he was the Ralph W. Bilby Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, Arizona. He is the primary author of Federal Income Taxation of Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries (Aspen, 3rd ed., 1998), in addition to Scott and Ascher on Trusts.

Ascher is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, a member of the American Law Institute, and an adviser to the ALI's Restatement (Third) of Trusts. He has also been a Visiting Professor at NYU School of Law and Cornell Law School. He chaired the Faculty Appointments Committee during the 2001-02 school year and has agreed to do so again during the coming year.

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About Professor Ascher: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/ascherml/