American Contract Law for a Global Age

American Contract Law for a Global Age by Franklin G. Snyder and Mark Edwin Burge of Texas A&M University School of Law is a casebook designed primarily for the first-year Contracts course as it is taught in American law schools, but is configured so as to be usable either as a primary text or a supplement in any upper-level U.S. or foreign class that seeks to introduce American contract law to students.  As an eLangdell text, it offers maximum flexibility for students to read either in hard copy or electronic format on most electronic devices.

Author of the Week: Professor Cynthia Starnes from Michigan State University College of Law

Professor Starnes unique line of scholarship lies at the intersection of family law, partnership law, and feminist theory. Her critiques of current law and reform proposals have provoked widespread commentary. Professor Starnes has presented her scholarship in both international and national fora, and has worked with grass roots community groups dedicated to law reform. Her publications include articles in the University of Chicago Law ReviewWisconsin Law ReviewIowa Law Review, and Indiana Law Journal.

Professor Starnes has taught family law to students abroad, and commercial law to judges at the National Judicial College. A long-term member of the MSU Law faculty, she co-chairs the Child and Family Advocacy certificate program, is co-advisor of the Family Law focus area, and serves as faculty advisor to the Family Law Society. Professor Starnes was named an MSU Outreach and Engagement Senior Fellow for her scholarly work toward community change, and was appointed in 2006 as one of six Computer Assisted Legal Instruction Fellows in Family Law.

Author of the Week: Professor Reginald Mombrun from North Carolina Central University School of Law

Professor Mombrun joined North Carolina Central University School of Law in the fall of 2008. Previously he taught at the Florida A&M College of Law from the fall of 2004 to the summer of 2008. Prior to teaching, Professor Mombrun spent 14 years in the national office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) specializing in corporate mergers and acquisitions and served as an Assistant Branch Chief his last two years at the IRS. He is responsible for a number of regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures and countless private letter rulings in the corporate tax area. In sum, as Professor Mombrun likes to tell his students, he is responsible for some of the complexities of corporate tax law.

Professor Mombrun received a business degree from Boston University, a J.D.,cum laude, from NCCU School of Law and a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association (ABA). Prof. Mombrun has taught: Contracts, Fundamentals of Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Advanced Taxation, Sales, Secured Transactions and Selected Issues in Family Law.

Professor Mombrun is the lead author of two books on corporate taxation, has written countless articles on technical and policy aspects of the federal income tax and has introduced a tax certificate and a low income taxpayer clinic at the law school. He is also active in the Durham community and has served on Boards of various Durham based non-profit organizations.

Author of the Week: Professor Robert Steinfeld from the State University of New York - Buffalo School of Law

Professor Robert Steinfeld is the Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad Professor of Civil Justice at State University of New York - Buffalo School of Law.  He is a published author of several books, journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and interactive electronic publications.

Research Focus: Constitutional History, Legal History, Property Law

Links: Curriculum Vitae(149 KB)

Author of the Week: Professor Mary LaFrance from the University of Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law

Mary LaFrance joined the faculty of the William S. Boyd School of Law in 1999. She received her J.D. with High Honors from the Duke University School of Law in 1986, where she served as Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal. She also received her M.A. in Philosophy from the Duke University School of Graduate Studies in 1986. After clerking for Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Professor LaFrance practiced for three years with the Washington, D.C. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. In 1990, Professor LaFrance joined the faculty at the Florida State University College of Law, where she taught intellectual property, taxation, and entertainment law, and also served on the faculty of the Florida State University School of Motion Pictures, Television, and Recording Arts. Professor LaFrance has authored three books: Intellectual Property Cases and Materials (West 3d ed. 2007) (with David Lange and Gary Myers), Understanding Trademark Law (LexisNexis 2005), and Copyright in a Nutshell (West 2008). Her articles have been published in numerous law reviews, including the Southern California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal, the Journal of Intellectual Property Law, and the Virginia Tax Review. From 2001-2004, she served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor LaFrance’s teaching and research interests include domestic and international intellectual property law, as well as the taxation of intellectual property.

Author of the Week: Professor Marcia Narine Weldon from the University of Miami School of Law

Professor Narine Weldon earned her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, in political science and psychology from Columbia University. After graduating, she worked as a law clerk to former Justice Marie Garibaldi of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, a commercial litigator with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in New York, and as an employment lawyer with Morgan, Lewis and Bockius in Miami. She spent several years in-house as the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, as well as the Vice President, Global Compliance and Business Standards, and Chief Privacy Officer of Ryder, a publicly-traded Fortune 500 company. She oversaw the company's global compliance, business ethics, privacy, government relations, environmental compliance, enterprise risk management, corporate responsibility, and labor and employment legal programs. In May 2011, she testified before the House Financial Services Committee in Congress on the unintended impact of Dodd-Frank Financial Reform on corporate compliance programs. In 2012, the Secretary of Labor appointed her to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. She also served on the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust from 2014-2017. 

Professor Narine Weldon teaches Corporate Compliance and Social Responsibility and will join Miami Law full time in the Fall teaching Legal Communications. Her teaching and research interests include corporate governance, regulatory compliance, corporate social responsibility, and the intersection of business and human rights. She has taught civil procedure, business associations, professional responsibility, employment law, business and human rights, and legal issues for startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses at St. Thomas University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, Florida and the United States Supreme Court, and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Verge, the Guardian, NPR Marketplace, Compliance Week and other news outlets around the world. She has served as a mentor for the Law School’s LawWithoutWalls since its inception, and blogs weekly for the Business Law Professor Blog.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Employment Discrimination

This Chapter will address the current protections that are available to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) individuals who allege they have been victims of employment discrimination. The Chapter’s primary focus will be on federal statutory law, particularly Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Although the focus here is on federal law, Appendix I to this Chapter lists the states that protect individuals from public and/or private discrimination under state laws.

Author of the Week: Professor Vincent Chiappetta from Willamette University College of Law

Professor Chiappetta joined the Willamette University College of Law faculty in 1997. He teaches property, intellectual property, antitrust, business lawyering and science, and technology and law. In 2013 and 2002, he received the Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1999, he was named College of Law Teacher of the Year. He was the founding director for the Certificate Program in Law and Business. He currently serves as co-director of the Business Lawyering Institute on campus. Chiappetta was named a CALI Copyright Fellow in 2004 and a CALI Trademark Fellow in 2003.

Chiappetta has extensive practice experience, having served as vice president and general counsel for Tektronix Inc. (1993-1997), associate general counsel (Trademarks) for Levi Strauss & Co. (1992-1993) and associate general counsel (Europe, Africa, Middle East) for Apple Computer Inc. (1987-1991) in Paris, France. He also was a partner in the Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon firm in Phoenix, Ariz., from 1977 to 1987 and from 1991 to 1992.

Chiappetta has worked on numerous high-technology and e-commerce legislative issues, serving as the chair of the Oregon Internet Commission and as a member of both the Oregon Higher Education Technology Transfer Board and the Oregon Bar Computer and Electronic Information Workgroup.

Chiappetta has been a visiting professor at Indiana University School of Law and at Arizona State University College of Law and has taught as an adjunct at Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law, as well as in Shanghai on Willamette’s China Program. He has taught courses in business organizations, business planning, sales, negotiations, banking law and European Union law.

He is admitted to the Arizona, California and Oregon State Bars and to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Bar.

Author of the Week: Professor Owen M. Fiss from Yale Law School

Owen Fiss is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law of Yale University. He was educated at Dartmouth, Oxford, and Harvard. He clerked for Thurgood Marshall (when Marshall was a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and later for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. He also served in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice from 1966 to 1968. Before coming to Yale, Professor Fiss taught at the University of Chicago. At Yale he teaches procedure, legal theory, and constitutional law.

Professor Fiss is the author of many articles and books, including The Civil Rights InjunctionTroubled Beginnings of the Modern StateLiberalism DividedThe Irony of Free SpeechA Community of EqualsA Way Out/America’s Ghettos and the Legacy of RacismAdjudication and its Alternatives (with Judith Resnik), The Law as it Could Be, and The Dictates of Justice/Essays on Law and Human Rights. His most recent books are A War Like No Other/The Constitution in a Time of Terror and Pillars of Justice/Lawyers and the Liberal Tradition.

Professor Fiss also participates in extensive Law School programs in Latin America and the Middle East and, along with Anthony Kronman, directs the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization. Professor Fiss is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Universidad de Palermo (Buenos Aires). He was also awarded La distinción Sócrates from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá) and Profesor Visitante Distinguido at del Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

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