On Friday, October 21, 2011, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel’s (ACTEC) Legal Education Committee held a symposium entitled The Uniform Probate Code: Remaking of American Succession Law.

The symposium examined law reform in trusts and estates that has occurred over the past fifty years, with particular focus on the first great success, The Uniform Probate Code. Additionally, it sought to identify and analyze topics that should constitute an agenda for further reform. The symposium was made possible through the generous support of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Foundation and the Bjarne Johnson Memorial Fund.

Symposium Opening

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Introduction to the Symposium

Anne-Marie Rhodes, Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Introduction to Professor Waggoner

Phillip Hurst, Editor-in-Chief, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

Why I Do Law Reform

Lawrence W. Waggoner, Lewis M. Simes Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Children and Family in the UPC

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Commentator: Ronald Chester, Professor of Law, New England School of Law

The Probate Definition of Family: Is It Time for Judicial Discretion?

Susan N. Gary, Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law,  University of Oregon School of Law

Toward Equality: Nonmarital Children and the Uniform Probate Code

Paula a. Monopoli, Professor of Law and Marbury Research Professor,  University of Maryland School of Law

Children of Assisted Reproduction

Kristine S. Knaplund, Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law

Caring for Elders

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Commentator: Gerry W. Beyer, Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law  

The UPC Substituted Judgment Standard for Guardian Decisions –  Theoretical Aspirations and Practical Complications

Lawrence A. Froli, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Linda S. Whitton, Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law

Family Caregiving and the Law of Succession

Thomas P. Gallanis, N. William Hines Chair in Law, University of Iowa College of Law
Josephine Gittler, Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

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Erin Eckles, Managing Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

Keynote Speaker

John H. Langbein, Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History, Yale Law School

Evaluating Rules and Standards

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Commentator: Ira Mark Bloom, Justice David Josiah Brewer Distinguished Professor of Law,  Albany Law School

Deliberative Accountability Rules in Inheritance Law:  Promoting Accountable Estate Planning

Shelly Kreiczer-Levy, Assistant Professor of Law, Academic Center of Law & Business

An Economic Analysis of the UPC

Daniel B. Kelly, Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School

New Challenges

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Commentator: Amy Morris Hess, UTK Distinguished Service Professor and Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis  and Williford Gragg Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law

Fiduciary Duties and Exculpatory Clauses:  Clash of the Titans or Cozy Bedfellows?

Louise Lark Hill, Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law

Non-Judicial Estate Settlement

John H. Martin, Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law

Symposium Closing

Frank A. Buda, Managing Symposium Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform