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Peter Molk

Assistant Professor of Law

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Collins Legal Center 425
245 Winter Street SE
Salem  Oregon  97301
(503) 370-6410


Professor Molk's research focuses on issues of business law and organizational choice, as well as insurance law. His scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Iowa Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, and Utah Law Review, among others, and it has been selected for presentation at the Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum. He teaches contracts, business associations, securities regulation, and insurance.

Molk received his JD and MA in economics from Yale University and his BA from Amherst College. While at Yale Law School, he was articles editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. 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. He also received the Judge Ralph K. Winter Jr. prize for the best paper in law and economics.

Following law school, 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. Prior to joining the Willamette University College of Law in 2014, Molk was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law.

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  • JD, Yale Law School
  • MA, Yale University
  • BA, Amherst College

Book Chapters

Molk, Peter. Do We Need Specialized Business Forms for Social Enterprise?, in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Enterprise Law, (Means and Yockey, eds.) (Cambridge, 2017).

Molk, Peter. Private Versus Public Insurance for Natural Hazards: Individual Behavior’s Role in Loss Mitigation, in Risk Analysis of Natural Hazards, (Paolo Gardoni et al., eds.) (Springer, 2015).

Law Review Articles and Essays

Molk, Peter. How do LLC Owners Contract Around Default Statutory Protections?, 42 J. Corp. L. 503 (2017).

Molk, Peter. LLCs and the Private Ordering of Dispute Resolution, with Verity Winship, 41 J. Corp. L. 795 (2016).

Molk, Peter. The Ownership of Health Insurers, 2016 U. Ill. L. Rev. 873 (2016).

Molk, Peter. Reregulation and the Regulatory Timeline, with Arden Rowell, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1497 (2016).

Molk, Peter. The Government’s Role in Climate Change Insurance, 43 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 411 (2016) (symposium).

Internal Awards

Peter Molk — Robert L. Misner Award for Law Faculty Scholarship, 2017.

Willamette University

Faculty Support

Willamette University
College of Law
245 Winter Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
(503) 370-6405