John S.  Beckerman

John S. Beckerman

Visiting Professor

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John Beckerman teaches business organizations, civil procedure, complex civil litigation, mergers and acquisitions, professional responsibility, and securities regulation.

He received his A.B. from Union College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, his M.A. from the University of Iowa, his Ph.D. as a Marshall Scholar from the University of London, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Prior to joining the Rutgers Law School faculty, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Jose A. Cabranes, then United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut; practiced law privately in New York City; and taught full-time at the law schools of the University of Michigan and Yeshiva University.  He has won awards for excellent teaching including "Professor of the Year" awards from the 2013 and 2011 graduating classes, the L. Hart Wright Award from the University of Michigan Law School, and two Professor of the Year awards from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He also has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Yale Law School, Rutgers-Newark, and Villanova.  Before attending law school, he taught medieval European history at Yale and Haverford College. 

A member of the American Law Institute, Professor Beckerman serves as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court's Civil Practice Committee and its Committee on Minority Concerns. His article, "Let the Money Do the Monitoring: How Institutional Investors Can Reduce Agency Costs in Securities Class Actions" (with Elliott J. Weiss), inspired Congress to enact the "lead plaintiff" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and is regarded as the definitive legislative history of those provisions, credited with inducing the participation of large institutional investors in class action securities litigation. (See, e.g., In re Cendant Corp. Litig., 264 F.3d 201, 261-62 [3d Cir. 2001]). 

Professor Beckerman served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2001 to 2008 and Associate Dean from 2008 through 2009, when he returned to the classroom full-time.  Outside the Law School, he volunteers for All Shepherd Rescue.


Confronting Civil Discovery's Fatal Flaws, 84 MINNESOTA L. REV.505 (2000), reprinted in 49 DEFENSE L. J. 419 (2000), ed. Richard Patterson.

Law Writing and Law Teaching: Treatise Evidence of the Formal Teaching of Law in Late Thirteenth Century England, in LEARNING THE LAW: TEACHING AND THE TRANSMISSION OF ENGLISH LAW, 1150-1900, ed. Jonathan A. Bush and Alain Wijffels (Hambledon Press, 1999), 33.

Let the Money Do the Monitoring: How Institutional Investors Can Reduce Agency Costs in Securities Class Actions, 104 YALE L. J. 2053 (1995) (with Elliott J. Weiss); reprinted in SECURITIES LAW REVIEW--1996, 279, ed. Donald C. Langevoort; also reprinted in 37 CORPORATE PRACTICE COMMENTATOR, 431 (1995), ed. Robert B. Thompson.

Toward a Theory of Medieval Manorial Adjudication: The Nature of Communal Judgments in a System of Customary Law, 13 LAW AND HIST. REV. 1 (1995).

Procedural Innovation and Institutional Change in Medieval English Manorial Courts,10 LAW AND HIST. REV. 197 (1992).

Adding Insult to Iniuria: Affronts to Honor and the Origins of Trespass, in ON THE LAWS AND CUSTOMS OF ENGLAND, ESSAYS IN HONOR OF SAMUEL E. THORNE, ed. Morris S. Arnold, Thomas A. Green, Sally Scully, Stephen D. White, 159 (1981).

Book Review of Donald W. Sutherland, The Assize of Novel Disseisin, 83 YALE L. J. 623 (1974).

The Articles of Presentment of a Court Leet and Court Baron, in English, c. 1400, 47 BULL. INST. HIST. RES. 230 (1974).

The Forty-Shilling Jurisdictional Limit in Medieval English Personal Actions, in LEGAL HISTORY STUDIES 1972, ed. Dafydd Jenkins, 110 (1972).

Succession in Normandy, 1087, and in England, 1066: the Role of Testamentary Custom, 47 SPECULUM 258 (1972).

Various short book reviews.

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