William F. Stutts

William F. Stutts

  • Adjunct Professor

Faculty Profile: William F. Stutts

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Bill Stutts teaches "Regulation of Financial Markets" and practices with Baker Botts L.L.P. in Austin. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1976, where he was Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review. During his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin, he was a UT Junior Fellow (His Junior Fellow dissertation carries the title "The Rhetoric and Ideology of Class in Texas Populism, 1887- 1899", and it has been verified that at least four persons have read that dissertation, not counting Mr. Stutts and his mother.) During some sessions at the University of Texas Law School, he has also taught "Money Transfers, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing" as a seminar course.

To the almost total stupefaction of his spouse, he was recognized by the UT Student Bar Association as Adjunct Professor of the Year at the law school for academic year 2012-2013. He is a fellow of the American Law Institute and of the American College of Investment Counsel, and is active in the American Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association and INSOL International.

His research interests include bankruptcy, the intersection of bank (or credit institution) insolvency and bankruptcy regimes, banking regulation and resolution in emerging economies, cross-border financing and enforcement, and the methods and mechanics of countering terrorist financing and impeding money laundering. His most-recently published article that did not contain a footnote to a motion picture was "Of Herring and Sausage: Nordic Responses to Banking Crises as Examples for the United States." (His co-author for that piece was Wesley Watts, who spent far too many hours speaking with Norwegian and Swedish banking regulators.)  His current project of similar scope examines the process of law reform in the financial sector and its relationship to economic development-- a topic that, prior to close examination, seemed almost to deserve a simple, linear answer,  in the nature of  "well, if you do the job right, great prosperity and boundless happiness will be showered upon one and all."  That's not how it's turned out so far.