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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently scored a significant win against a Maryland banker accused of naked short-selling. What may be good news for the SEC is bad news for the market, as the SEC will now be more likely to persecute other alleged offenders of naked short-selling restrictions.

“Naked” short selling is when a trader sells stocks the trader doesn’t actually own (and doesn’t borrow in a prescribed period of time) in the hopes of buying the stocks later (before they must be delivered) at a lower price. The trader is basically betting that the stock price will decline. If it doesn’t, the trader must purchase the stock at a higher price–or breach their original sale contract.Some critics argue that such short-selling leads to market distortions and potential market manipulation, and some even pointed to short-selling as a boogey-man in the 2008 financial crisis, hence the restrictions on short-selling giving rise to the SEC’s enforcement proceedings.

Just one problem, there’s a lot of evidence that shows restrictions on short-selling make markets less efficient, not more.

This isn’t exactly news. Thom argued against short-selling restrictions seven years ago (here) and our late colleague, Larry Ribstein, followed up a couple years ago (here).  The empirical evidence just continues to pile in. Beber and Pagano, in the Journal of Finance earlier this year examine not just US restrictions on short-selling, but global restrictions. Their abstract reads:

Most regulators around the world reacted to the 2007–09 crisis by imposing bans on short selling. These were imposed and lifted at different dates in different countries, often targeted different sets of stocks, and featured varying degrees of stringency. We exploit this variation in short-sales regimes to identify their effects on liquidity, price discovery, and stock prices. Using panel and matching techniques, we find that bans (i) were detrimental for liquidity, especially for stocks with small capitalization and no listed options; (ii) slowed price discovery, especially in bear markets, and (iii) failed to support prices, except possibly for U.S. financial stocks.

So while the SEC may celebrate their prosecution victory, investors may have reason to be less enthusiastic.

Our greatly lamented colleague Lary Ribstein was a movie buff. Some time ago he wrote an encyclopedic article on business in the movies, “Wall Street and Vine: Hollywood’s View of
Business.”  At the time of his death, he and I were in discussions about publishing this article in the journal I edit, Managerial and Decison Economics.  After his tragic death, I contacted his widow, Ann, and received permission to publish the article.  It is now published in the June issue of MDE.  (If your library does not subscribe to MDE, the article is still available on SSRN.)  Anyone with any interest in the movies and their perception of business must read this article. Given the volume of Larry’s scholarship, it is amazing that he had time to see as many movies as he discusses in this article.

We are delighted to report that the ABA Business Law Section has posthumously awarded Larry Ribstein its Martin I. Lubaroff Award, presented annually to a lawyer who has consistently demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and outstanding service in LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities law.  That describes no one so well as Larry.

The award was established in 2001 to honor the memory of Marty Lubaroff who untimely passed away on January 1, 2001. Marty was the quintessential lawyer–careful, thorough, exacting, engaging, insightful, precise, provocative and persistent, while gentle, kind and courteous. He was a good friend and mentor to scores of lawyers in Delaware and throughout the United States. Marty was a long-time member of, and key participant in, the LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee. He chaired the Limited Partnerships Subcommittee at the time of his death.

Larry’s influence continues to be felt and acknowledged.  In addition to the GMU Law & Economics Center conference Josh mentioned, the Illinois College of Law is honoring Larry with a conference and memorial fund of its own:

In recognition and celebration of Professor Ribstein’s innumerous contributions to legal scholarship and the academy, the College of Law will host a conference in October 2013, the proceedings of which will be published in a special edition of theUniversity of Illinois Law Review. And in honor of Professor Ribstein’s incredible influence on students, colleagues, and the legal profession, the College has established The Larry E. Ribstein Memorial Fund. The Fund will be used to support a series of initiatives to advance the intellectual life of the University of Illinois College of Law, including a signature lecture series, workshops for junior faculty members, and innovations designed to more effectively bridge the worlds of legal theory and legal practice.

I’m very pleased to announce the George Mason Law & Economics Center is hosting a program focusing on our friend and colleague Larry Ribstein’s scholarship on the market for law.   Henry Butler and Bruce Kobayashi have put together a really wonderful program of folks coming together not to celebrate Larry’s work — but to use it as a platform for further discussion and for legal scholars to engage in these important issues.

Interested readers might want to check out the TOTM Unlocking the Law Symposium.

The announcement follows and I hope to see some of you there on Friday, November 9, 2012 at GMU Law.
The Henry G. Manne Program in Law and Regulatory Studies presents Unlocking the Law: Building on the Work of Professor Larry Ribstein to be held at George Mason University School of Law, Friday, November 9th, 2012. The conference will run from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

OVERVIEW: In a series of influential and provocative articles, Professor Larry Ribstein examined the forces behind the recent upheaval in the market for legal services. These forces included increased global competition, changes in the demand for legal services resulting from the expanded role of the in-house counsel, and the expanded use of technology. His analysis showed that changes in the market for legal services were not just the result of a cyclical downturn in the economy. Rather, the profound changes in the market reflected building competitive pressures that exposed the flaws in the business model used by large firms to provide legal services. His recent writings also examined the broader implications of this upheaval for legal education, the private production of law, and whether legal innovation will be hindered by or hasten the demise of the current system of professional regulation of lawyers.

Professor Ribstein passed away suddenly on December 24, 2011. In the wake of the terrible loss of their close friend and colleague, Professors Henry Butler and Bruce Kobayashi (along with several other colleagues at Mason Law) have decided to honor Larry through a conference designed to capture and expand on the spirit of Larry’s recent work. The Unlocking the Law Conference seeks to advance these goals by inviting legal scholars to present their views and engage in a vibrant discussion about the present and future of the market for legal services. The panels at this conference will showcase 14 papers written specifically for this occasion and presented to the public for the first time.

This conference is organized by Henry N. Butler, Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center and George Mason Foundation Professor of Law, and Bruce H. Kobayashi, Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law through a new Project on Legal Services Reform – under the auspices of the Mason Law & Economics Center. The Project on Legal Services Reform seeks to continue and extend the important work on legal innovation, legal education, law firms, and legal regulation produced by Larry. We hope to encourage scholars who have not worked in these areas to read Larry’s work, critique it in the same manner in which Larry famously commented on papers, and expand (or even restrict or redirect) the thrust of Larry’s work. In essence, this project is about “Larry as Catalyst.”

For background information, you might want to visit TRUTH ON THE MARKET (http://www.truthonthemarket.com), which held an online symposium on this topic on September 19 and 20, 2011.

REGISTRATION: You must pre-register for this event. To register, please send a message with your name, affiliation, and full contact information to: Jeff Smith, Coordinator, Henry G. Manne Program in Law and Regulatory Studies, jsmithQ@gmu.edu

AGENDA:

Friday, November 9, 2012:

Panel I. The Future of Legal Services and Legal Education

How the Structure of Universities Determined the Fate of American Law Schools
– Henry G. Manne, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ave Maria School of Law; Dean Emeritus, George Mason University School of Law

The Undergraduate Option for Legal Education
– John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Panel II. Deregulating Legal Services

The Deprofessionalization of Profession Services: What Law and Medicine Have in Common and How They Differ
– Richard A. Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

The Future of Licensing Lawyers
– M. Todd Henderson, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Failing the Legal System: Why Lawyers and Judges Need to Act to Authorize the Organizational Practice of Law
– Gillian K. Hadfield, Richard L. and Antoinette Schamoi Kirtland Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Globalization and Deregulation of Legal Services
– Nuno Garoupa, Professor and H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar, University of Illinois College of Law; Co-Director, Illinois Program on Law, Behavior, and Social Science

Panel III. Law Firms and Competition Between Lawyers

From Big Law to Lean Law
– William D. Henderson, Professor of Law and Van Nolan Faculty Fellow, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession

Glass Half Full: The Significant Upsides to the Changes in the American Legal Market
– Benjamin H. Barton, Professor of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law

An Exploration of Price Competition Among Lawyers
– Clifford Winston, Senior Fellow, Economics Studies, Brooking Institution

Panel IV. Reputation, Fiduciary Duties, and Agency Costs

Lawyers as Reputational Intermediaries: Sovereign Bond Issuances (1820-2012)
– Michael H. Bradley, F.M. Kirby Professor of Investment Banking Emeritus, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
– Mitu Gulati, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
– Irving A. De Lira Salvatierra, Graduate Student, Department of Economics, Duke University

The Fiduciary Society
– Jason Scott Johnston, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Professor of Law and Nicholas E. Chimicles Research Professor in Business Law and Regulation, University of Virginia School of Law

Class Action Lawmakers and the Agency Problem
– Barry E. Adler, Bernard Petrie Professor of Law and Business and Associate Dean for Information Systems and Technology, New York University School of Law

Panel V. Private Lawmaking and Adjudication

Decentralizing the Lawmaking Function: Should There Be Intellectual Property Rights in Law?
– Robert G. Bone, G. Rollie White Teaching Excellence Chair in Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Arbitration, the Law Market, and the Law of Lawyering
– Erin O’Hara O’Connor, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University Law School
– Peter B. Rutledge, Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law, University of Georgia Law School

VENUE:
George Mason University School of Law
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information regarding this conference or other initiatives of the Law & Economics Center, please visit: http://www.MasonLEC.org

Call or send an email to: Tel: (703) 993-8040, Email: lec@gmu.edu

The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics honors the legacy of Henry G. Manne, Dean Emeritus of George Mason Law School and founder of the Law & Economics Center. Manne was a trailblazer in the development of law and economics, not only as a prominent and influential scholar, but also as an academic entrepreneur. He spurred the development of law and economics into the most influential area of legal scholarship through his Economics Institutes for Law Professors and Law Institutes for Economics Professors. The Manne Program promotes law-and-economics scholarship by funding faculty research and hosting research roundtables and academic conferences.

http://www.MasonManne.org

Larry Ribstein, Philosopher

totmauthor —  1 January 2012

[Nelson Lund asked that TOTM publish this post in Larry Ribstein’s honor and we are very pleased to do so on his behalf]

Everyone who knew Larry Ribstein realized that he was very smart, very tough, and very hard working. Less well appreciated was his absolutely uncompromising commitment to the pursuit of the truth. Surprisingly, perhaps, this is a very rare quality among legal academics. It is the mark of a philosopher, by which I emphatically do not mean a professor of philosophy.

During countless conversations over a distressingly short period of twenty years, I knew that I could count on Larry to correct any lazy or thoughtless comment I made, just as I knew he would instantly recognize any useful insight I might happen upon. If we all have our intellectual biases and unjustified presuppositions, as I suppose we do, Larry was as aggressive as anyone I’ve known in resisting such barriers to the truth within himself. In that sense, he was far more tough on himself than he was on those of us who were fortunate to have his help in our own intellectual pursuits.

I do have one regret about my friendship with Larry, which is that I have only dabbled in the fields where he was a giant. Had I worked seriously in the areas on which he focused, or had he given more attention to the subjects that occupy most of my attention, I would have a much better understanding of many things. His death has made my life poorer, as it has the world in which he lived.

Remembering Larry Ribstein

totmauthor —  2 January 2012

[Note: Professor Roberta Romano asked that we post her remembrance of Larry Ribstein, which we are glad to do below]

I was terribly saddened and, quite frankly, dumbfounded when I heard that Larry Ribstein had passed away. I had seen Larry approximately three weeks before when he gave a workshop at Yale and the last thought that would have crossed my mind would have been that I would be receiving such horrible news. At the time, Larry mentioned in his no-nonsense way numerous projects that he had in the works and how much he was looking forward to spending the Spring semester in New York. It is exceedingly difficult to accept that all of this will not happen.

Although life is transient, Larry’s scholarship will endure.  His work on the non-corporate business form (the “uncorporation” as he put it) must be consulted by anyone venturing to work in the area, which has become one of increasing importance, as evidenced by the greater attention given to it in casebooks and law school classes, a resurgence integrally related to Larry’s writings. He also successfully arbitraged his insights on uncorporations into our understanding of corporations. To take one example, his research examining small business operators’ choice of the limited liability company form over the limited liability partnership advanced our understanding of the importance of network externalities. Of course, he was as well a preeminent scholar in corporate law.  His outstanding critique of the enactment and implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxely Act is but one example. And there is much more. His keen ability to draw connections across fields led to enduring contributions in franchising law, choice of law, and the legal profession, to name just a few.  I would be remiss to not mention as well his entertaining, and insightful work on Hollywood’s portrayal of business.  It always seemed to me to be a shining example of the motto, Who says corporate law is not fun?  Larry was an original and creative voice, and he fearlessly ventured into, and took positions on, areas which the meek would scrupulously avoid. He will be missed.

Usha Rodrigues has a characteristically delightful and poignant remembrance of Larry up over at Conglomerate:

Finally, the section is done.  And it’s stronger and richer than it was just 24 hours ago.  I send my last email at 4:07.  It reads: “You’re hilarious.  And a treasure. Thanks again, U”

On a Saturday afternoon.  For a junior colleague.  At another institution.  Even as it was happening, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was.  Larry was smart, he was blunt, he was quick, he was generous.  Each quality is rare taken individually; together, they are unheard of.

And this exchange with Larry is typical — and priceless:

After all the hype and Oscar drama, I finally saw Avatar when it came out on DVD.  I was not impressed.  This manipulative simplistic story almost won Best Picture?  Really? I emailed Larry to ask what he thought.  His reply was terse: “I wouldn’t see Avatar unless strapped to a seat and threatened with torture.”

As she concludes, summarizing well what we all feel:

God, I’ll miss you, Larry.  We all will.

Remembering Larry Ribstein

keith sharfman —  25 December 2011

 

Like everyone else, I am shaken by Larry’s untimely passing. He was a fine scholar and a truly nice person. His *generosity* is what I remember most about him, especially as relates to younger scholars.

As Geoff has mentioned, an obvious example of Larry’s generosity to the young was his willingness to put his own reputation on the line by giving those of us who started Truth on the Market — a few unproven, blogger wannabes — the chance to get started with appearances on Ideoblog, his own, more established cyber-soapbox.

Another example that I will never forget is the time when Larry was writing an article touching upon some earlier research of my own. Wanting to do the topic justice, Larry generously invited me to offer my views on what he was writing, which of course I was delighted to provide. He then followed up by sharing both early and later drafts of his paper, which respectfully cited my work and skillfully made use of some of the ideas that I had shared with him.

It was clear to me then and even clearer now that Larry actually had little need for my input. He was quite capable of producing great scholarship without getting any ideas or insights from me. But this was his way of connecting with, mentoring, teaching, and developing younger scholars in whose careers he had an interest and whom he wanted to see succeed.

Those of us who today are in a position to help younger scholars can learn valuable lessons from Larry’s generosity. May he rest in peace and continue to be an inspiration and example to us all.

Larry Ribstein, RIP

Josh Wright —  24 December 2011

Our great friend and colleague Larry Ribstein passed away this morning.  Larry will be greatly missed.  As Geoff mentioned, Larry was not only the godfather of Truth on the Market, but he was also an important intellectual and personal influence for many of us — and certainly for me.  I called upon Larry for career advice many times.  Not only was he always willing and able to provide some wisdom when I thought I needed it most, but Larry was always more than happy to provide it unsolicited when he did.  Larry was — as those who crossed his path in legal academia know — a force to be reckoned with.  He pursued his research interests — from corporate law and jurisdictional competition to the reform of legal education — with a passion not rivaled by many in the academy.  The legal academy will be worse off for losing Larry’s voice as a scholar.  Larry will be greatly missed here at Truth on the Market, and as a friend.

Larry Ribstein, RIP

Geoffrey Manne —  24 December 2011

This morning our dear colleague, Larry Ribstein, passed away.  The intellectual life of everyone who knew him, of this blog, and of the legal academy at large is deeply diminished for his passing.

For me, as for many others, Larry was an important influence, not only intellectually but personally, as well.  Larry was the godfather of this blog, which got its start when a few of us, including Bill Sjostrom, Josh, Thom and me, pinch hit for Larry at Ideoblog in November 2005.  It took eight of us, including my dad, to fill his shoes, and still his traffic went down.  More than anyone else, Larry was instrumental in my decision to leave law teaching to work at Microsoft.  Completely unsure what to do and worried about how it would affect my ability to return to law teaching, I called Larry, who had no doubt.  He sealed the deal by pointing out that a move like that one would open some completely unanticipated, and potentially great, career paths and telling me not to worry so much about getting back to law teaching.  He was right, of course, and, thus also an important influence on the creation of the International Center for Law and Economics.  And Larry was a friend, one of those I always looked forward to seeing at ALEA and other conferences, more than once providing the necessary marginal incentive to attend.

We grieve for Ann, Sarah and Susannah and mourn his passing.

UPDATE:

The outpouring in the blogosphere from Larry’s friends, admirers, colleagues, and the like is, not surprisingly, moving.  As we find them and receive them from friends who ask us to post them here, we will continue to collect remembrances here.

Don Boudreaux

I didn’t know Larry very well, but on those four or five occasions when we were together at seminars I unfailingly learned from – and enjoyed – his contributions.  He was a scholar who wasted no words; every one – verbally from his mouth, and written from his keyboard – moved the discussion forward.

Saul Levmore

Larry’s passing is a sad and grave loss. I liked his independence of mind.

Daniel Martin Katz

This is a sad day for the American Legal Academy

Pejman Yousefzadeh

Professor Ribstein was a decent, kind man, who was also a brilliant scholar with penetrating insights. Academia in general–and legal scholarship in particular–will be poorer for his absence.

Francis Pileggi

Although I only “knew him through blogging” and via emails and cross-linking on each of our blogs, I feel a great loss and a void by his absence.

Cynthia Williams

It is hard to imagine the University of Illinois College of Law without Larry.

Champaign News-Gazette (with quotes from Andy Morriss, Nuno Garoupa, Henry Butler and Bruce Smith)

Friends and colleagues of Larry Ribstein say they’ll remember him as a first-rate legal scholar and original thinker who enjoyed debate and was an expert in business law.  They also recall him as a generous person who was a gifted photographer and an authority on movies and the law.

Washington Legal Foundation

Larry’s work, educational innovations, and always original scholarship were an inspiration to us at WLF, and we will miss him.

Federalist Society

A friend of the Federalist Society’s, Professor Ribstein was a man of great courage, intellect, and wisdom.

Alan Palmiter

We owe it to ourselves and especially to our students that Larry stay with us.

Tom Ginsburg

Larry was great colleague and friend, whose passion for ideas was simply unrivaled. we will miss him greatly.

Mark Peecher

Though invariably busy, Larry seemed to always say yes to big asks that involved substantial travel and time in order to speak with others on topical, important issues — a consummate academic citizen and scholar. Like so many of you, I shall greatly miss Larry Ribstein.

Walter Olson

Legal academia is in mourning for one of its most distinguished and multitalented figures, Larry Ribstein, a key scholar in corporate law and a provocative and rigorous exponent of law and economics thinking. Larry was an early blogger (at Ideoblog and more recently Truth on the Market), an influential critic of prosecutorial and regulatory excess, and a key voice in the debate on what law schools should do. He was also, I am grateful to say, an important friend of this site over many years.

Gordon Smith

As I have reflected about Larry’s passing over the past day, I realize that he was my friend because we shared a love of ideas, and he was my mentor because he taught me the importance of getting those ideas right

Dave Hoffman

Larry Ribstein, who died earlier this week, was a galvanic force as a scholar and blogger.  I join those who’ve expressed sadness and loss at his untimely passing.

Ellen Podgor

He was an extraordinary scholar and a welcomed and strong member of the academic blogosphere

Peter Mahler

I am grateful that in this fashion I got to know Professor Larry Ribstein, who passed away unexpectedly last weekend at the peak of his prolific, dazzling career as a leading academic voice and mentor to many in diverse fields of business law and particularly in the area of unincorporated business entities.

Henry Manne

On a personal note, I have lost a delightful and valued friend, a professional and intellectual “son” who was not supposed to predecease his mentor, and my intellectual biographer . . . who taught me that I had said far more than I ever understood.  I join the others who loved Larry in sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to Ann, Sarah and Susanna.

Andy Morriss

Larry wouldn’t accept less than the best from anyone, including himself. We’re all the poorer for his untimely death; we’re all the richer for his body of work and his influence on so many. His kindness and generosity knew no bounds.  I suspect he’s already been named Associate Archangel for Research in heaven and doubled scholarly output there.

Keith Sharfman

Like everyone else, I am shaken by Larry’s untimely passing. He was a fine scholar and a truly nice person. His *generosity* is what I remember most about him, especially as relates to younger scholars.

Tom Kirkendall

Beyond his special intelligence and intellectual honesty, though, the trait that drew me most to Larry was his humanity. Although he decried how our government’s senseless criminalization of business was destroying jobs and hindering the creation of wealth, Larry cared even more deeply about the incalculable damage to executives and their families that resulted from the absurdly-long prison terms that were often the product of such dubious prosecutions. When family members of wrongfully prosecuted executives came upon Larry’s writings, many of them would reach out to Larry for support, which he generously provided to them. And I will never forget Larry’s touching note to me after he read a blog post that I wrote on the death of Bill Olis, Jamie Olis’ father.  Larry Ribstein – husband, father, lawyer, teacher, colleague, writer, counselor, friend.  A fine legacy, indeed.

Bill Sjostrom

Larry was a brilliant, prolific, and provocative scholar who will be sorely missed.

Paul Rubin

This news is devastating.  I had recently discussed his work on movies, and tried to induce him to edit a special issue for Managerial and Decision Economics.  Aside from his remarkable publishing record, his paper “Wall Street and Vine: Hollywood’s View of Business” shows that Larry had seen and remembered more movies than anyone I know.  A true tragedy.

Thom Lambert

Although I didn’t know him as well as some of my co-bloggers did, Larry very much influenced my own development as an academic. He provided excellent feedback on my own work, gave me my start as a law blogger (writing as a guest at Ideoblog), reinvigorated Truth on the Market, and continually educated, challenged, inspired, and entertained me with his prolific blogging.

J.W. Verret

When I think of what it means to be a legal scholar, in my head I will always have a picture of Larry Ribstein.

Josh Wright

The legal academy will be worse off for losing Larry’s voice as a scholar.  Larry will be greatly missed here at Truth on the Market, and as a friend.

Todd Henderson

I will miss him beyond words. I will consider it a life well lived if when I die there is at least one person left behind who feels as I do about Larry.

Larry Solum

I have fond memories of many long discussions with Ribstein.  He defended his vision of law with a tenacity and rigor that is rare, even among law professors.  Just a few days ago, Larry and I had planned to get together at the AALS meeting in Washington.  I will miss him!

Stephen Bainbridge

The first time I met Larry, I thought he would make a brilliant Mephistopheles. He was lean in body with sharp and angular facial features, ever so slightly swarthy, and somehow just a little scary. As I got to know him over many years, of course, I learned that he was a brilliant scholar with a wide array of interests, an incisive mind, a vast store of learning, and a talent for getting to the heart of the matter, but also that he was a great person and someone whose company was always a treat.

Ted Frank

But beyond the loss to legal scholarship is the loss of a good person. Larry was also a friend, but an intellectually honest one who wouldn’t hesitate to tell you when he thought you were wrong (which happened several times a year to me). But that made it all the more flattering when he demonstrated support, and he was an early supporter of mine when it was far from clear that my hare-brained quixotic scheme would accomplish anything. I’m going to miss him a lot. Condolences to his family and friends.

Kim Krawiec

Following up on Dan’s post, via Larry Solum comes the horrible, horrible news that Larry Ribstein passed away this morning.  This has shocked and devastated our household and much of the legal academy.  I’ve known Larry for many, many years.  He was a supportive senior colleague at the beginning of my career (and remained one until the end).  He was a prolific and interesting scholar with wide-ranging interests, from “uncorporations” to polygamy. He was also a good friend.  He’ll be missed by many.

Ilya Somin

No doubt there will be many analyses and appreciations of Larry’s outstanding contributions to scholarship over the coming days and weeks. My personal favorite among his many excellent works is his recent book The Law Market (coauthored with Erin O’Hara), which is perhaps the best recent book on the potential benefits of competition between state legal systems in American federalism. Larry is also well-known in the legal blogosphere for his insightful posts at Truth on the Market, where he wrote an excellent post on ABA accreditation of law schools just a few days ago.

Jeff Lipshaw

More than anything, he was alive with ideas and personality and pungent observations, whether or not you liked or agreed with them (and sometimes I didn’t).  I was proud of his praise and thanks when we finished our projects and proud that he was willing to have me as a writing partner.

Matt Bodie

I’m shocked, horrified, and saddened to hear of Larry Ribstein’s passing.  There will be time to consider his wide-ranging, innovative, and incisive scholarship in the days, months, and years to come.  For now, I offer my sympathy to his family and colleagues at Illinois.  A very sad day for legal and corporate law academia.

Nancy Rapoport

Not only was he exceptionally smart and creative, but he seemed like a very nice person.  I’ll miss reading his work, and my heart goes out to his friends and family.

Jonathan Adler

I was terribly saddened to learn that Professor Larry Ribstein suffered a stroke and died yesterday.  He was on the faculty when I studied at George Mason, though I never had the good fortune to have him as one of my professors.  I have, however, learned quite a bit from his scholarly and other writings, as well as from our occasional conversations.  He will be missed.

Erik Gerding

The label of “ideological” is often used pejoratively and casually to dismiss arguments.  But Larry was ideological in a truer sense.  He was committed to rigorously and systematically working out ideas, ideals, and their consequences.  Larry’s contribution to the academy far exceeded even his large body of scholarship.  I miss him.

C.E. Petit

Our politics did not match well, but our shared interest in the interface between individuals and their business interests led to some interesting exchanges over the years… and helped sharpen my thoughts on how authors and other creators of intellectual property should arrange their own business affairs.

Bruce Smith (Dean, University of Illinois College of Law)

Larry was a scholar of incandescent intellect, breathtaking range, and unflagging energy,” said Dean Bruce Smith. “He cared passionately about his students and about transforming legal education to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. He invested selflessly in the professional development of junior faculty members – whether at Illinois or at other institutions. He cared deeply about the College of Law and contributed incalculably to it through his ideas, his engagement, and his counsel. And he cherished his family with a love that was boundless. Larry was a towering figure and an incomparable person, and he will be dearly missed.

Stefan Padfield

Thus, while there is obviously much in terms of scholarship that Larry is worth remembering for, what I will primarily remember him for is his inspiring kindness.

Donald Clarke

So broad is Larry’s impact that it even reaches the field of Chinese law. He had been to China and was consulted on the drafting of (what else?) China’s Partnership Law.  It is truly sad that such a terrific scholar and colleague has been lost to us.

Renee Newman Knake

I met Larry just over a year ago while giving a talk at Illinois, and found him to be incredibly generous to me as a junior scholar, both in encouraging my work and offering an opportunity to participate in the recent Truth on the Market symposium Unlocking the Law: Deregulating the Legal Profession.

Larry Ribstein, In Memoriam

Paul H. Rubin —  24 December 2011

I knew Larry from attending many conferences together for many years and from reading and profiting from his work.  I always enjoyed seeing him and considered him a friend.  This news is devastating.  I had recently discussed his work on movies, and tried to induce him to edit a special issue for Managerial and Decision Economics.  Aside from his remarkable publishing record, his paper “Wall Street and Vine: Hollywood’s View of Business” shows that Larry had seen and remembered more movies than anyone I know.  A true tragedy.

[Robert Chang-hsien Tsai (Assistant Professor, Institute of Law for Science and Technology, National Tsing Hua University) Taiwan asked us to post this remembrance, and we are glad to do so]

I’ve been deeply saddened since I heard of the heartbreaking news about Larry. I had the privilege to be advised by Larry along my intellectual journey when studying in the US. Larry has set an example of what it means to be a passionate researcher and an enthusiastic educator, which will always remind me of how to be a professor in my lifetime.

My admiration for Larry can be traced back to when I was writing my master thesis at National Taiwan University in 2003. Reading his works, I was amazed by his thorough and original reasoning and hoped I could meet and learn from him someday. Years later, when I was applying for an LLM program in the US, NYU became my first choice because Larry would be visiting there at the same time. Luckily, I could keep learning from him in person during the JSD program at UIUC. Within the whole three-year mentoring process and even until recently, Larry generously spent his time providing constructive and timely feedback whenever I needed. On countless occasions, his broad knowledge and astute observations on law and the global market provided me with the kinds of insight that I needed to find a fruitful direction. His encouragement and confidence in me sustained me through difficult times and I will definitely draw on them as I meet the challenges to come.

No doubt Larry’s scholarship will keep influencing me in my lifetime. As his JSD advisee in the Chinese world, I’ll try my best to make his scholarship remembered.

My deepest thoughts are with Ann, Sarah and Susanna for remembering Larry, my unforgotten mentor.