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David Arthur Skeel

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Philadelphia, PA, USA

David Arthur Skeel
S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law


JD - University of Virginia - '87
BA - University of North Carolina - '83

David Skeel is the author of The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and Its (Unintended) Consequences (Wiley, 2011), Icarus in the Boardroom (Oxford, 2005) and Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001), as well as numerous articles and other publications. He has been interviewed on The News Hour, Nightline, Chris Matthews’ Hardball (MSNBC), National Public Radio, and Marketplace, among others, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines. Skeel has received the Harvey Levin award three times for outstanding teaching, as selected by a vote of the graduating class, the Robert A. Gorman award for excellence in upper level course teaching, and the University’s Lindback Award for distinguished teaching. In addition to bankruptcy and corporate law, Skeel also writes on sovereign debt, Christianity and law, and poetry and the law, and is an elder at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.


Religion and the Law

Research Areas

  • Christianity and the Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Debt Relief and Sovereign Bankruptcy
  • Law and Religion
  • Law and Poetry


  • Penn Law - S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law (2004- ); Professor of Law (1999-2003)
  • Member, European Corporate Governance Institute (2007- ); American College of Bankruptcy (2009- )
  • Visiting Professor - Georgetown, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin
  • Temple - Associate Professor of Law (1993-98); Assistant Professor (1990-93)

Professional Activities

  • Executive Board of American Association of Law Schools Committee on Business Associations (2007-2010)
  • Research Associate, European Corporate Governance Institute (since 2006)
  • Member, American College of Bankruptcy (since 2009)
  • Board of Trustees, Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, Philadelphia, PA (2000-2006)

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