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Prof. Todd J. Zywicki

Foundation Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center, Antonin Scalia School of Law, George Mason University
Todd J. Zywicki

Todd J. Zywicki is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center, Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In 2009, Professor Zywicki was honored as the recipient of the Institute for Humane Studies 2009 Charles G. Koch Outstanding IHS Alum Award. Since 2006 he has served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review. From 2003–04, Professor Zywicki served as the Director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. He teaches in the area of Bankruptcy, Contracts, Commercial Law, Business Associations, Law & Economics, and Public Choice and the Law. He has also taught at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, and Mississippi College School of Law.

Professor Zywicki clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and worked as an associate at Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia, where he practiced bankruptcy and commercial law. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Tax Review and John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics. Professor Zywicki also received an M.A. in Economics from Clemson University and an A.B. cum laude with high honors in his major from Dartmouth College.

Professor Zywicki is a Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Senior Fellow of the James Buchanan Center for Political Economy Program on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, at George Mason University, a Senior Fellow of the Goldwater Institute, and a Fellow of the International Centre for Economic Research in Turin, Italy. During the Fall 2008 Semester Professor Zywicki was the Searle Fellow of the George Mason University School of Law and was a 2008–09 W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and the Arch W. Shaw National Fellow at the the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. He has lectured and consulted with government officials around the world, including Iceland, Italy, JapanCanada, and Guatemala. In 2006 Professor Zywicki served as a Member of the United States Department of Justice Study Group on "Identifying Fraud, Abuse and Errors in the United States Bankruptcy System." In 2011 Professor Zywicki delivered the Dean Lindsey Cowen Lecture in Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve School of Law on the mortgage crisis and regulation.

Professor Zywicki is the author of more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economics journals. He served as the Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review from 2001–02. He has testified several times before Congress on issues of consumer bankruptcy law and consumer credit and is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the print and broadcast media, including the Wall Street JournalNew York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes, Nightline,National ReviewNBC Nightly News, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Fox and Friends,Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg News, BBC, ABC Radio, The Diane Rehm Show,Lou Dobbs Radio Show, Neil Caputo Show, and The Laura Ingraham Show. He is a contributor to the popular legal weblog The Volokh Conspiracy and The Atlanticmagazine's The Atlantic Business Channel.

Professor Zywicki is a member of the the board of trustees or advisory board of numerous nonprofit and educational organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Institute for Humane Studies, the Governing Board and the Advisory Council for the Financial Services Research Program at George Washington University School of Business, the Board of Directors of the The Bill of Rights Institute, the Executive Committee for the Federalist Society's Financial Institutions and E-Commerce Practice Group, the Advisory Council of theCompetitive Enterprise Institute, the Board of Trustees and Program Advisory Board of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE), the Board of Trustees of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, and the Advisory Council of the Centro para el Analisis de las Decisiones Publicas,Universidad de Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala City, Guatemala (Public Choice Center at University of Francisco Marroquin). He is currently the Chair of the Academic Advisory Council for the following organizations: The Bill of Rights Institute, the film “We the People in IMAX,” and the McCormick-Tribune Foundation “Freedom Museum” in Chicago, Illinois. From 2005–09 he served as an electedAlumni Trustee of the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees. In 2009 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Yorktown University.

Education
  • J.D., University of Virginia, 1993
  • M.A. in Economics, Clemson University, 1990
  • A.B. with High Honors, Dartmouth University, 1988

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Upcoming Events
2016 National Lawyers Convention
The Jurisprudence and Legacy of Justice Scalia
November 17, 2016
Publications and Multimedia
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - April 2015 - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
April 23, 2015
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - March 2015 - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
March 13, 2015
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - February 2015 - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
February 12, 2015
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - October 2014 - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
October 23, 2014
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - September 2014 - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
September 29, 2014
Stealth Regulation -- Agency Circumvention of OIRA and the APA? - Podcast
Administrative Law & Regulation Practice Group Podcast
September 10, 2014
Consumer Credit and the American Economy - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
August 28, 2014
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Update - July 2014 - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
July 21, 2014
Operation Chokepoint - Necessary Oversight or an Attack on Legitimate Businesses? - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
June 17, 2014
Dodd-Frank and Beyond - Event Audio/Video
First Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 14, 2013
Noel Canning Decision on Recess Appointments - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
January 25, 2013
The Economics and Regulation of Bank Overdraft Protection
Engage Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2012
May 09, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
February 10, 2012
Ramifications of Repealing the 17th Amendment
Engage, Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
July 29, 2011
Economic Uncertainty and the Role of the Courts - Event Audio/Video
2011 Annual Student Symposium
February 26, 2011
Stern v. Marshall - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 01-24-11 featuring Todd J. Zywicki
January 24, 2011
Bankruptcy and Forum Shopping (Marshall v. Marshall) - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group
June 29, 2010
National Interest Rate Ceiling on Credit Cards
New Federal Initiatives Project
April 29, 2010
Regulation of Payment Card Interchange Fees
New Federal Initiatives Project
April 06, 2010
The Second “Helping Families Save Their Homes Act”
New Federal Initiatives Project
March 24, 2010
Government Control v. the Free Market - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008
Who's to Blame for the Bankruptcy Boom?
Financial Services & E-Commerce Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 2, Summer 1999
August 01, 1999
Time for Bankruptcy Reform
Financial Services & E-Commerce Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 1999
May 01, 1999