Peter Molk

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Molk's research focuses on issues of business law and organizational choice, design, and ownership, as well as insurance law. His article “The Puzzling Lack of Cooperatives,” forthcoming in the Tulane Law Review, analyzes why cooperative organizations fail to form even when they are the optimal method of ownership. The article builds on his prior work on the organization of nonprofits and their treatment under federal tax law.

Professor Molk received a J.D. and an M.A. in economics from Yale University and a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Amherst College. While at Yale Law School, he was articles editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Professor Molk’s scholarly contributions to law and economics were recognized throughout law school. He was both an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics, and Public Policy and a Kauffman Fellow in Law, Economics, and Entrepreneurship. His work on indemnity provisions in homeowners insurance won the Judge Ralph K. Winter Jr. prize for the best paper in law and economics. This research also influenced the popular debate when the Colorado legislature recently considered the issue.

Following law school, Professor Molk clerked for Judge Ralph K. Winter Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also worked as a valuation consultant on antitrust and energy matters. Professor Molk joined the University of Illinois College of Law as a visiting assistant professor in 2012.

Current Papers and Titles on SSRN:

The Puzzling Lack of Cooperatives, 88 Tul. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014)

Employer Costs and Conflicts Under the Affordable Care Act, 99 Cornell L. Rev. Online __ (forthcoming 2013) (with Suja Thomas)

Reforming Nonprofit Exemption Requirements, 17 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 475 (2012)

Comment, Broadening the Use of Municipal Mortgages, 27 Yale J. on Reg.  397 (2010)

Insider Trading in Congress: The Need for Regulation, 9 J. Bus. & Sec. L. 199 (2009) (with Matthew Barbabella, Daniel Cohen, and Alex Kardon)