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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Contracts Prof Weekly Spotlight: Michael Satz

Spotlight_2_6_4_2 Michael Satz (University of Idaho College of Law)
B.A., B.S., Southern Methodist University
J.D., University of Michigan

Michael_satz_2 Michael Satz recently joined the law faculty at the University of Idaho College of Law as an associate professor.  At Idaho, he teaches Contracts, Secured Transactions and Creditor's Rights. 

Professor Satz received a B.A. and B.S. from Southern Methodist University in 1990.  After that, he was a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, completing two overseas tours of duty in Japan onboard the Amphibious Assault Ships USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) and USS Dubuque (LPD-8). Professor Satz then attended The University of Michigan School of Law, earning his J.D. Cum Laude in 2000. While at Michigan, Professor Satz was an Executive Editor on the Michigan Law Review.

Professor Satz has practiced in both the commercial litigation area and as in-house counsel at a major Japanese auto company. One of the perks of his in-house counsel job was free company cars for all counsel. Professor Satz has made it his mission in life to petition the AALS to encourage member schools to provide free vehicles for all faculty members. “It’s a great perk” says Professor Satz, “and it will go a long way in bridging the generational gap between the professors and the students. For example, can you imagine how much more respect the stodgy Contracts professor will garner from the 1L class when he comes spinning into the parking lot in a shiny new sports car, does a donut skidding directly into a parking spot in reverse, hops out and immediately starts lecturing about the Objective Theory of Contract?” Thus far, the response to Professor Satz’ suggestion from the Torts contingent on the faculty at his law school has been lukewarm, but Professor Satz says “they seem to be coming around, especially when you tell them about all the innovations in safety equipment in new cars today, such as ABS brakes and smart airbags. If I can persuade the auto manufactures to put 1L sensing technology into new cars, we may just get there.”

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