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Florida State University

 

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Robert E. Atkinson, Jr.

Robert E. Atkinson, Jr.

Greenspoon Marder Professor

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 215 
Phone: 850.644.4503
Fax: 850.644.5487
ratkinson@law.fsu.edu

Education

J.D., Yale University, 1982
B.A., Washington and Lee University, 1979

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Recognized for his publications addressing the intersection of law and literature, Professor Atkinson is one of the country's leading scholars on legal professionalism, a noted scholar on the law of nonprofit organizations and on the relationship between business ethics and legal ethics.

He teaches Property, Professional Responsibility, Legal Ethics, and Law and Literature, and has also taught Taxation of Nonprofit Organizations. Recipient of the 2001 Professionalism Award from the Florida Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism, Professor Atkinson served as a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School in Spring 2002. Before entering law teaching, Professor Atkinson was associated with the firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington, D.C., and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Select Recent Publications

THE LIMITS OF MILITARY OFFICERS’ DUTY TO OBEY CIVILIAN ORDERS: A NEO-CLASSICAL PERSPECTIVE (Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press 2015)

Philanthropy’s Function: A Neo-Classical Re-Consideration, in Not for Profit Law: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives 15 (Matthew Harding, editor) (Cambridge University Press 2014)

Writer Re-Written: What Really (Might Have) Happened to Atticus and Scout, __ Ala. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2017)

Liberalism, Philanthropy, and Praxis: Realigning the Philanthropy of the
Republic and the Social Teaching of the Church
, 84 Fordham L. Rev. 2633 (2016)

Growing up with Scout and Atticus: Getting from To Kill a Mockingbird
through Go Set a Watchman, 65 Duke L.J. Online 95 (2016)

Tax Favors for Philanthropy: Should Our Republic Underwrite de Tocqueville’s Democracy? 6 Wm. & Mary Pol’y Rev. 1 (2015)

An Elevation of Neo-Classical Professionalism in Law and Business, 12 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 621 (2015)

Philanthropy’s Future: Questioning Today’s Assumptions, Re-Affirming Yesterday’s Foundations, 4 Wm. & Mary Pol’y Rev. 251 (2013)

Medicine and Law as Model Professions: The Heart of the Matter (and How We Have Missed It), 22 Health Matrix 345 (2013)