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Russell K. Osgood

Visiting Professor of Law

Russell K. Osgood, the immediate past president of Grinnell College and former dean of Cornell Law School, will serve as a visiting lecturer. He is the author of multiple articles, and his books include Cases and Materials on Employee Benefits (with Peter Wiedenbeck), The Law in Massachusetts: The Supreme Judicial Court 1692-1992, and The Law of Pensions and Profit-Sharing: Qualified Retirement Plans and Other Deferred Compensation Arrangements. Osgood is an expert on American legal history, employee benefits and pension law, and income taxation. At Washington University, he will teach Constitutional Law I.

Osgood served as president of Grinnell College from July 1998 to July 2010, where he also was a professor of history and political science. A 1969 graduate of Yale College and a 1974 graduate of Yale Law School, he served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a lawyer specializing in employee benefits. Osgood was a member of the law faculty at both Boston University and Cornell University, where he served as the Allen R. Tessler Dean of the law school from 1988 to 1998.

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  • Education
    • B.A., Yale University
    • J.D., Yale Law School
  • Courses
    • Criminal Law
    • Trusts & Estates
    • Federal Income Tax
    • American Legal History.