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Scholar on law of trusts and estates to join UT Austin School of Law

Mark L. Ascher, widely considered the leading scholar in the law of trusts and estates of his generation of law professors, will join The University of Texas at Austin School of Law in the spring semester of 2000, according to M. Michael Sharlot, dean of the School of Law.

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AUSTIN, Texas—Mark L. Ascher, widely considered the leading scholar in the law of trusts and estates of his generation of law professors, will join The University of Texas at Austin School of Law in the spring semester of 2000, according to M. Michael Sharlot, dean of the School of Law.

Ascher is the primary author of the leading practitioner treatise on Federal Income Taxation of Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries (Aspen Law & Business, 3rd edition, 1998), with Ferguson & Freeland. He recently took over as author of the leading treatise, Scott on Trusts, which will become Scott & Ascher on Trusts, a treatise begun by Austin Scott, late professor of law at Harvard.

Sharlot said, “This is a wonderful start to what promises to be a banner year of faculty recruitment for the UT Austin School of Law.”

Ascher, the Ralph W. Bilby Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law, received his law degree in 1978 from Harvard Law School and his master of law degree in tax from New York University School of Law in 1981. He practiced with the New York firm of White & Case from 1978 to 1982 before joining the Arizona faculty. Ascher has twice won “Professor of the Year” awards at the University of Arizona College of Law.

“This is an outstanding appointment for Texas and will continue our rich tradition of scholarship and teaching in the wealth transfer field. Since Professor Ascher was being pursued by other leading law schools, we are especially gratified that he chose to join with us,” said Sharlot.