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John Langbein

John H. Langbein, Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History, is an eminent legal historian and a leading American authority on trust, probate, pension, and investment law. He teaches and writes in the fields of Anglo-American and European legal history, modern comparative law, trust and estate law, and pension and employee benefit law. Professor Langbein has long been active in law reform work, serving under gubernatorial appointment as a Uniform Law Commissioner since 1984. He was the reporter and principal drafter for the Uniform Prudent Investor Act (1994), which governs fiduciary investing in most American states, and he is Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute?s Restatement (Third) of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers. Professor Langbein has written extensively about the history of criminal procedure, and about the contrasts between modern American and Continental civil and criminal procedure. His book, The Origins of Adversary Criminal Trial (2003), received  the Coif Biennial Book Award (2006) as the outstanding American book on law. In 2000 the American Society for Legal History awarded him the Sutherland Prize for his "pioneering work" in legal history. He also coauthors the principal course book on pension law used in American law schools, Pension & Employee Benefit Law (4th ed. 2006).