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ACTEC Announces New Law Journal Editors


Contact: Rebecca Vandall

Washington, DC–May 9, 2024: The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) today announced the 2024–2026 Editors of the ACTEC Law Journal. Academic Fellow Professor David Horton succeeds Academic Fellow Professor Naomi Cahn (2022–2024 Editor) as ACTEC Law Journal Editor, and Academic Fellow Professor Reid Kress Weisbord has been appointed Associate Editor.

David Horton is the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California Davis School of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of wills and trusts, arbitration law, and contracts. His scholarship has appeared in the Yale Law JournalStanford Law ReviewN.Y.U. Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Law Review(twice), Michigan Law ReviewCalifornia Law Review (twice), Duke Law Journal(twice), Northwestern University Law ReviewCornell Law Review (twice), Georgetown Law Journal (four times), UCLA Law Review (twice), and Minnesota Law Review (three times), among many other journals. He is also the author of A Primer on Law School and the U.S. Legal System: Beasties v. Monster and the co-author of two well-known textbooks, Cases, Problems, and Materials on Contracts and Wills, Trusts, and Estates: The Essentials. He has won the Association of American Law Schools Scholarly Paper Competition the Mangano Dispute Resolution Achievement Award, and the Association of American Law Schools Dispute Resolution Section’s Best Article Award, as well as the Distinguished Teaching Award at UC Davis. A frequent presenter at academic and professional association meetings, he has also authored several amicus briefs and served as a Faculty Commencement Speaker for four UC Davis graduating classes.

Reid Kress Weisbord is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Judge Norma L. Shapiro Scholar at Rutgers Law School. His teaching and scholarship focus on the law of wealth transfer, and his research has explored a broader range of topics, including the law of property, nonprofit organizations, publicity rights, and criminal procedure. Weisbord’s research has been published by the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Stanford Law Review Online, Columbia Law Review Online, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press, among others. Weisbord is co-author of a leading textbook, Wills, Trusts, And Estates: The Essentials, and the encyclopedic treatise Estate Planning by Casner, Pennell, and Weisbord. His media commentary has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, The Atlantic, Forbes, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Star-Ledger,, and Consumer Reports, among others. Weisbord’s research and service have been recognized by several prestigious organizations, with awards including the Greg Lastowka Memorial Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Rutgers Law School Distinguished Service Award, and the International Institute of Education Award for Outstanding Service. Weisbord also serves as a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.

Horton and Weisbord’s first editorial task was to issue Volume 49, Number 2 (Spring 2024) of the ACTEC Law Journal, which was published this month.

About the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Law Journal: The ACTEC Law Journal is a unique, high-level academic journal that not only explores tax, trust, and estate topics in depth, but deals with the practical consequences and applications of the rapidly changing rules in these areas of law. It is published three times a year and mailed free of charge to ACTEC Fellows, ABA-accredited law schools, and board members of the National College of Probate Judges. Non-Fellows may subscribe for $45.00 per year.

About the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC): Established in 1949, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a national nonprofit association of approximately 2,400 lawyers and law professors from throughout the United States and abroad. ACTEC members (Fellows) are peer-elected on the basis of professional reputation and expertise in the preparation of wills and trusts, estate planning, probate, trust administration, and related practice areas. The College’s mission includes the improvement and reform of probate, trust, and tax laws and procedures and professional practice standards. ACTEC frequently offers technical comments with regard to legislation and regulations but does not take positions on matters of policy or political objectives.

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