January 14, 2015
Vice Dean Ron Scalise, an authority on civil and property law who is active in legal reform in Louisiana, has been elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Ron Scalise, Tulane Law School’s vice dean for academic affairs, has been elected as an academic fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, an organization that aims to improve trust, estate and tax laws.
A 2000 Tulane Law graduate who also received his undergraduate degree from Tulane, Scalise is the A.D. Freeman Professor of Civil Law and teaches successions and various other civil law courses, including property, obligations and Roman law. He joined the Tulane faculty in 2009 after five years at Louisiana State University Law Center.
Immediately after law school, Scalise clerked for Judge James Dennis on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, then he earned an LLM at Trinity College, Cambridge University, on a Gates Fellowship. In 2011-12, Scalise served as a special judge reviewing damage awards made by claims administrator Ken Feinberg in connection with the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
ACTEC consists of about 2,600 members elected by their peers. Among the 37 Louisiana members, Scalise is one of only two academics. The organization advises Congress, provides analysis for the Internal Revenue Service and works to reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures and standards of professional responsibility.
Scalise is very active in law reform in Louisiana and serves in many roles for the Louisiana State Law Institute, including as reporter for committees on prescription, counterletters and trust law. He also chairs the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, sits on the Louisiana Bar Association Board of Governors and is an elected member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.
He’s also an honoree in the CityBusiness 2015 Leadership in Law class.