Wiedenbeck Named to Lehmann Research Professorship

Professor Peter Wiedenbeck has been named the John S. Lehmann Research Professor for 2011–12. During his research leave, he will focus on measures to increase the coverage and security of private retirement savings programs, and on an empirical study of private pension plan investments. He is also organizing a scholarly conference to be held at the law school in March 2012 on “Employee Benefits in an Era of Retrenchment.”

Wiedenbeck, the Joseph H. Zumbalen Professor of Law, is an expert in federal income tax law and in the tax and labor law regulation of employee benefit plans. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of two books on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and co-author of casebooks on federal income taxation, employee benefits, and partnership taxation. He has been a recipient of Washington University’s Distinguished Faculty Award, as well as the Alumni Association Teaching Award.

Wiedenbeck has served as an associate dean of faculty for the law school and currently serves as chair of the Washington University Benefits Committee. His professional activities include authoring an amicus brief to the Supreme Court and occasional service as an expert witness and special tax counsel. His courses are Federal Income Taxation, Pensions & Tax-Favored Savings, Pass-Through Business Taxation, and Estate & Gift Taxation.

The Lehmann fellowship was created in 2008 to allow scholars the ability to concentrate on in-depth research projects by providing substantial relief of teaching and administrative duties during one semester. Previous recipients, Professors Pauline Kim, Barbara Flagg, Susan Appleton, and Hillary Sale, used the fellowship to conduct research on employment law, racial discrimination, legal issues related to gender and sexuality, and governance in public corporations, respectively.