Daniel B. Kelly

Prof. Daniel B. Kelly

Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Professor Dan Kelly teaches and writes in the areas of property law, remedies, and wills, trusts, and estates. He is also a co-founder and co-director (with Professor Margaret Brinig) of the Notre Dame Law and Economics Program. A member of the American Law Institute, Kelly serves as an associate reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of Property. During spring 2016, he was a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. 

Kelly’s research focuses on the economic analysis of property law, including the assembly of land for economic development, the sharing and division of property among multiple parties through contracts, leases, and trusts, and the transfer of wealth at death. He has presented two articles at the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum: “Strategic Spillovers,” published in the Columbia Law Review, and “The Right to Include,” published in the Emory Law Journal. His research on the government’s use of eminent domain has appeared in the Cornell Law ReviewHarvard Law Review ForumSupreme Court Economic Review, and Research Handbook on the Economic Analysis of Property Law. And he has written several articles on wills, trusts, and fiduciary law, including “Toward Economic Analysis of the Uniform Probate Code” and “Restricting Testamentary Freedom: Ex Ante Versus Ex Post Justifications.” 

Kelly has served as a referee for a number of journals, law reviews, and university presses, including the American Law & Economics Review, European Association of Law & Economics, Harvard Law Review, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, Journal of Legal Analysis, Review of Law & Economics, Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics, University of Chicago Law Review, University of Chicago Press, Yale Law Journal, and Yale University Press. He is a frequent lecturer on property at the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Law Institute. At Notre Dame, he also serves as a faculty advisor for the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Program, a faculty fellow at the Research Program on Law and Market Behavior, and a member of the Faculty Board on Athletics

Before joining the NDLS faculty, Kelly was a clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and a fellow at Yale and Harvard Law School. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Notre Dame.


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