Professor Willa E. Gibson teaches Antitrust Law; Corporations Law; Law and
Economics; and Secured Transactions Law at The University of Akron School of Law.
Professor Gibson received her B.A. in Economics from Tulane University-Newcomb College
and her J.D from Drake University, where she awarded the title “Most Likely to Succeed”
by the Drake University Faculty. She graduated from Drake University with honors and was
member of the Drake Law Review. She has been admitted to the bar for the state of Iowa.
Her professional memberships include American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar
Association, the National Right to Life Organization and the Catholic League for
Religious and Civil Rights. She has over 20 years of experience in the area of consumer
and commercial transactions. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty in 1995, Professor
Gibson was senior counsel and finance attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C. Prior to her employment at the SEC,
she was a commercial and consumer lender, and a commercial loan analyst for a major
banking and finance institution. She was recently a member of the Advisory Board for the
3rd edition of the Redbook. Her research focuses on issues of economic efficiency of
investment securities’ priority rules in Article 8 and 9 of Uniform Commercial Code;
securities regulation; over-the-counter derivatives transactions; and hedge fund
investments. Her recent articles include “Deposit Accounting Financing under Revised
Article 9” (UCC Bulletin, Thomson West, January 2007) and Banks Reign Supreme under
Revised Article Nine Deposit Account Rules, 30 Del. J. Corp. L. 819 (2005). Her recent
book publication is entitled A Comprehensive Review of Revised 9 (Carolina Academic Press
2006); and she is currently writing a treatise on Revised Article 9 to be published by
Vanderplas Publishing in 2009. 



Clearing and Trade Execution Requirements for OTC Derivatives Swaps Under the Frank-Dodd Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Rutgers Law Record (2011)

This paper examines Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...



OTC Derivatives Trading Under the Financial Reform Bill: Is It Tough Enough?, Forthcoming (2010)

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have drafted financial reform legislation...



Banks Reign Supreme Under Revised Article 9 Deposit Account Rules, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law (2005)

One of the significant changes Revised Article 9 made to the Uniform Commercial Code Rules...



Is Hedge Fund Regulation Necessary?, Temple Law Review (2000)

Recently, various hedge funds have incurred significant financial difficulty. The most widely publicized being the...



Treatise on Revised Article 9 (2009)

Forthcoming in 2009 by Vanderplas Publishing.



A Comprehensive Review of Revised Article 9 (2007)

A Comprehensive Review of Revised Article 9 provides a detailed review and explanation of Revised...


Unpublished Papers


OTC Derivatives Trading Under the Financial Reform Bill: Is It Tough Enough?, ExpressO (2010)

This paper discusses the regulatory framework devised by Congress to govern trading in OTC derivatives...



Subprime Market Roller Coaster Disaster, ExpressO (2008)

This essay discusses the economic and societal implications of the subprime market losses with an...



The Subprime Market Roller Coaster, ExpressO (2008)

Please find attached an essay entitled “The Subprime Market Roller Coaster.” The essay discusses the...