January 26, 2009
Robert Sitkoff, John L. Gray Professor of Law at HLS, recently delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Delaware Trust Conference sponsored by the Delaware Bankers Association.
In his lecture, titled “The Trust Law Trinity,” Sitkoff described trust law’s evolution into three distinct branches: laws concerning irrevocable trusts, revocable trusts and statutory business trusts. He explored trends and key issues in all three and discussed the state of Delaware’s role as the leading domestic trust law jurisdiction. The audience included Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, Justice Jack B. Jacobs, Justice Henry D. Ridgely, Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons and Vice Chancellor Stephen P. Lamb.
In March 2008, Sitkoff was appointed to serve on the Uniform Law Commission by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, as one of three commissioners representing the state. The ULC drafts uniform legislation for adoption by the states.
A leading expert in trusts and estates, Sitkoff is the co-author of "Wills, Trusts, and Estates" (Aspen 7th ed. 2005), the leading American casebook on trusts and estates. With co-author Max Schanzenbach, Sitkoff is also writing a book, "Lawyers, Banks, and Money: The Quiet Revolution in Modern American Trust Law," to be published by Yale University Press, that will be based on their empirical studies of recent trust law reforms.