Mark L. Ascher

  • Hayden W. Head Regents Chair for Faculty Excellence


  • JD Harvard
  • LLM New York University
  • MA Kansas State University
  • BA Marquette

Professor Ascher joined the faculty in January 2000. Previously, he was the Ralph W. Bilby Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law in Tucson, Arizona. Widely considered to be one of the leading scholars of his generation in the field of trusts and estates, he is the sole active author of two of the premier treatises in his field. Since 1992, he has been responsible for updating and revising Scott on Trusts, which, now in its fifth edition, is called Scott and Ascher on Trusts. Since 1986, he has also been responsible for updating and revising Federal Income Taxation of Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries (Aspen, 3rd ed., 1998, with Ferguson and Freeland). Professor Ascher is an academic fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel and a member of the American Law Institute and was an adviser to the Restatement (Third) of Trusts. He has also been a Visiting Professor at NYU School of Law and Cornell Law School. During both the 2001-2002 and the 2006-2007 school years, Professor Ascher chaired the Faculty Appointments Committee.

Recent Publications

  • Federalization of the Law of Charity [Symposium: The Role of Federal Law in Private Wealth Transfer], 67 Vanderbilt Law Review 1581 (2014).
  • Cases and Materials on Gratuitous Transfers: Wills, Intestate Succession, Trusts, Gifts, Future Interests, and Estate and Gift Taxation (St. Paul: West, 6th ed. 2013; 5th ed. 2007;4th ed. 1999; Teacher's Manual 1999) (with Elias Clark, Arthur W. Murphy & Grayson M. McCouch).
  • The Grantor Trust Rules Should Be Repealed, 96 Iowa Law Review 885 (2011).

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