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Professor Sarah Waldeck

Professor of Law

Professor Sarah Waldeck focuses on how the law influences behavior and shapes social and familial norms. Her scholarship has explored this question in a number of contexts, including the inheritance of identity property, charitable giving and the estate tax, electronic payment systems and other emerging technologies, and male circumcision.  Professor Waldeck's most recent work explores how popular school ranking systems distort parental choices about where to purchase a home and thereby contribute to de facto segregation.  Professor Waldeck teaches Property, Estates & Trusts, Contracts and, on occasion, Criminal Law. Professor Waldeck blogs on these and other topics on Concurring Opinions. Seton Hall Law School named her the Robert Diab Research Fellow in 2007.

Prior to joining the Seton Hall faculty in 1999, Professor Waldeck was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago. She also clerked for the Honorable Richard Cudahy of the United Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin, where she was editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Law Review.



Rethinking the Intersection of Inheritance and the Law of Tenancy in Common, 87 Notre Dame L. R. 735 (2011)

The Coming Showdown Over University Endowments: Enlisting the Donors, 77 Fordham L. Rev. 1795 (2009)

Government Intervention in Emerging Networked Technologies, 87 Or. L. Rev. 581 (2008) (co-authored with Erik Lillquist)

An Appeal to Charity: Using Philanthropy to Revitalize the Estate Tax, 24 Va. Tax Rev. 667 (2005)

Using Male Circumcision to Understand How Social Norms Work as Multipliers, 72 U. Cin. L. Rev. 455 (2003)

Encouraging a Market in Human Milk, 11 Colum. J. Gender & L. 361 (2002)

Cops, Community Policing, and the Social Norms Approach to Crime Control: Should One Make Us More Comfortable with the Others?, 34 Ga. L. Rev. 1253 (2000)


Identity Property & The Inheritance of Family Cottages, in Community, Home and Identity (Terry Turnipseed & Michael Diamond, eds) (2012)


Social Norm Theory and Male Circumcision: Why Parents Circumcise, 3 Am. J. Bioethics, Issue 2 (2003)

Why the Judiciary Can't Referee the Takings Game, Wisc. L. Rev. 859 (1996)