Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.

Arthur Wilmarth, Jr.
Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
[email protected]

Art Wilmarth joined the faculty in 1986, following 11 years in private law practice. Prior to joining the law school, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Jones Day. Professor Wilmarth teaches courses in banking law, contracts, corporations, professional responsibility, and American constitutional history. He served as Executive Director of the Law School’s Center for Law, Economics and Finance (C-LEAF) from 2011 to 2014, and he has been a member of C-LEAF’s Executive Board since the center’s founding in 2009.

Professor Wilmarth is the author of more than forty law review articles and book chapters in the fields of banking law and American constitutional history, and he is the co-editor of a book on the financial crisis of 2008. In 2005, the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers awarded him its prize for the best law review article published in the field of consumer financial services law during the previous year.

Professor Wilmarth has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, the California legislature, and the D.C. Council on bank regulatory issues. In 2010, he was a consultant to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, the body established by Congress to report on the causes of the financial crisis. During 2008–09, he served as chair of the Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services of the Association of American Law Schools, after serving as the Section's chair-elect and annual program chair during 2007–08. Professor Wilmarth is a member of the international advisory board of the Journal of Banking Regulation, published by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. He is also a member of the advisory board of the American Antitrust Institute.

Professor Wilmarth has been a member of the University's Faculty Senate for more than fifteen years, and he served as chair of the Faculty Senate's Executive Committee in 2004–05 and 2008–09. He received the Trachtenberg Prize for University Service in 2005.



BA, Yale University; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"Was Glass-Steagall's Demise Both Inevitable and Unimportant?"

September 20, 2018

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. writes in Columbia Law School's CLS Blue Sky Blog about whether it was a wise policy decision to repeal Glass-Steagall.

"Is Glass-Steagall Poised for a Political Comeback?"

September 07, 2018

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. is quoted in the American Banker regarding the fight to bring back the Glass-Steagall Act.

"Wells Fargo Not Alone: OCC Finds Sales Abuses at Other Banks"

June 05, 2018

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. is quoted in American Banker about an OCC report that found employees had opened millions of fake accounts.

"FDIC's No. 2 Hoenig Finishes Term as Agency Shifts to Trump Era"

April 27, 2018

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. is quoted by Bloomberg BNA about the news that Thomas Hoenig will step down from his position at the FDIC.

"If Regulators Can't Fix Bank Culture, Who Can?"

March 29, 2018

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. is quoted in American Banker on how enforcement plays an important role in bank culture.