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David H. Blankfein-Tabachnick

David Blankfein-Tabachnick

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

(814) 867-2234
Principal Office: 
University Park

M.S.L., Yale Law School
Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Rochester
B.A., Ithaca College, with honors

Professor David Blankfein-Tabachnick teaches property, intellectual property, remedies, criminal law, bankruptcy and the jurisprudence of private law. He has published on property, intellectual property, the law of contract and tort, legal and political theory, bankruptcy and taxation and has interests in global law and international development. He has been a visiting scholar at the Yale Law School and is an affiliated transnational professor at the Peking University, School of Transnational Law. An accomplished classroom teacher, he is the recipient of a university-wide teaching award from the University of Virginia. His recent work on intellectual property and its theory appears in the California Law Review. His publications have appeared in both law reviews and peer edited journals including The Virginia Law ReviewThe George Washington Law ReviewThe Connecticut Law Review, as well as Cambridge University Press’s journal, Social Philosophy and Policy. His articles have been reprinted in Cambridge University Press volumes on taxation and the freedom of association and his work on tort law was recently reprinted in Rawls and Law, a collection of articles by acclaimed legal scholars.

As a compliment to his interests in bankruptcy and private law, he has served as a principal workout consultant to financially distressed venture capital funded high-tech firms.

Professor Blankfein-Tabachnick holds a Ph.D. in legal and political philosophy from the University of Virginia and a degree in law from Yale.

Intellectual Property Doctrine and Midlevel Principles,” 101 Calif. L. Rev. 1315 (2013); published with response, Robert P. Merges, "Foundations and Principles Redux: A Reply to Professor Blankfein-Tabachnick," 101 Calif. L. Rev. 1361 (2013).

On Belling the Cat: Rawls and Tort as Corrective Justice,” 92 Va. L. Rev. 1279 (2006) (with K. Kordana); published with response, Steven Walt, "Eliminating Corrective Justice," 92 Va. L. Rev. 1311 (2006); reprinted in Rawls and Law (Ashgate Publishing, 2012)

The Rawlsian View of Private Ordering,” 25 Soc. Phil. & Pol'y, 288 (2008) (with K. Kordana) (Cambridge University Press Journal); reprinted in Freedom of Association (Cambridge University Press 2008)

Taxation, the Private Law, and Distributive Justice,” 23 Soc. Phil & Pol'y, 142 (2006) (with K. Kordana) (Cambridge University Press Journal); reprinted in Taxation, Economic Prosperity, and Distributive Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Rawls and Contract Law,” 73 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 701 (2005) (with K. Kordana)

Tax and the Philosopher’s Stone,” 89 Va. L. Rev. 647 (2003) (with K. Kordana) (reviewing Liam Murphy & Thomas Nagel, The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice, Oxford University Press, 2002))