It's my pleasure to welcome Ben Barros to the faculty lounge. Ben is the Dean of Faculty Research and Development and Associate Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus, where he teaches property, business organizations, real estate transactions, and seminars on takings and property theory. He joined Widener's faculty in 2004 from the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where his practice focused on international litigation and arbitration. Before that he practiced in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, and was a law clerk to the Honorable Milton Pollack of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ben was a visiting professor at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 2007-08 and has also taught International Arbitration as an adjunct at Fordham University School of Law.
Ben's recent publications include "The Complexities of Judicial Takings," 45 U. Rich. L. Rev. 903 (2011); "Toward a Model Law of Estates and Future Interests," 66 Washington & Lee L. Rev. 3 (2009); "Property and Freedom," 4 NYU J. L. & Liberty 36 (2009); "Legal Questions for the Psychology of Home," 83 Tulane L. Rev. 645 (2009) and the book Hernando de Soto and Property in a Market Economy (Applegate, 2010).
Close readers of the faculty lounge may recall that last summer -- before everyone else started talking about it -- Ben had a guest post here at the faculty lounge that urged state bar examiners to allow students to take the bar in their third year of law school. Ben also was the leader of propertyprof blog for many years, where he is now an associate editor.