2012 Election Experts: Economy, Tax Policy, and the Debt Crisis



Kenneth Anderson - professor of law

Expertise: terrorism, national security, international business and finance

Kenneth Anderson teaches and writes in the areas of domestic and international business and finance, law and economics, public international law, international organizations, human rights, and the laws of war. His current research agenda focuses on targeted killing and drone warfare in armed conflict, and robotics and the law generally, global governance, global civil society and legitimacy, financial regulation reform (with Steven L. Schwarcz),  and concept of proportionality in the law of war, the philosophy of value, and cost-benefit analysis.  An editorial board member of the Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence and political sciences advisory editor to the Revista de Libros (Madrid), Professor Anderson actively blogs at the Volokh Conspiracy and the international law blog Opinio Juris. He is a contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, Revista de Libros, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, New York Times Magazine, Financial Times, Policy Review, and other general interest reviews.


Susan Bennett - professor of law and director of the Community & Economic Development Law Clinic

Expertise: housing crisis, economic development

Susan Bennett holds expertise in community economic development; nonprofit organizations; law, poverty, and the homeless; legal services for the poor; pro bono legal services; public interest law; federal housing law and programs. Bennett is the author of numerous articles, including “Embracing the Ill-Structured Problem in a Community Economic Development Clinic” in the Clinical Law Review; "On Long-Haul Lawyering," in the Fordham Urban Law Journal; and “No Relief But Upon the Terms of Coming Into the House: Controlled Spaces, Invisible Disentitlements, and Homelessness in an Urban Shelter System,” in the Yale Law Journal. Professor Bennett is a member of the ABA's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty.  She serves as vice chair of the Advisory Committee of the D.C. Bar’s Community Development Project, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Interpreter Bank Project of the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission.


Anna Gelpern - professor of law

Expertise: international finance, the international debt crisis

Professor Gelpern’s research explores the legal and policy implications of international capital flows. She has contributed to international initiatives on financial reform and sovereign borrowing, most recently as part of the Second Warwick Commission and as an expert for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Before joining the law school faculty, Gelpern was an Associate Professor at Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs. She was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2002-2003. Between 1996 and 2002, Professor Gelpern served in legal and policy positions at the U.S. Treasury Department. Earlier she practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York and London. Professor Gelpern has taught International Finance, Contracts, Commercial Law, Financial Institutions and International Law, and currently serves as Chair of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services Section of the Association of American Law Schools.


Ben Leff - assistant professor of law

Expertise: tax policy, tax law relating to political activity by nonprofit organizations

Benjamin Leff teaches courses on U.S. federal tax law and the law of charitable and non-profit organizations. His scholarship focuses on the regulation of nonprofits. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Leff was a visiting assistant professor at Harvard Law School, practiced tax law in Austin Texas, and clerked in Federal District Court. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, holds an M.A. in religious studies from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

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