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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Contracts Prof Weekly Spotlight: Jamie Fox

Spotlight_2_6_4_6 James W. Fox Jr. (Stetson University College of Law)
B.A., University of North Carolina
J.D., University of Michigan Law School

Fox_press_photo Jamie Fox is a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. 

I have been at Stetson since 2000, before which I taught as a visitor at Mercer University Law School.  After law school in Ann Arbor, I clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the Eleventh Circuit and worked at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where, among other things, I had the pleasure of serving as a temporary attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services.  I am also currently President of the Board for Gulfcoast Legal Services.

I write and teach in the areas of American legal history, contracts, and poverty law.  I have recently written articles on the Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras, and am currently exploring the intersection of mid-nineteenth century contract law, contract ideology, and the implementation of the Fourteenth Amendment through the Freedmen's Bureau.  I am also interested in the connections between poverty law and contract, particularly under the present regime of responsibilities-oriented welfare programs.  When I am not writing or teaching, I spend most of my time with my wife, Maria, and our three children, Nicholas (8), Luke (6), and Grace (2).  And, I have to say,raising children keeps teaching me surprising lessons about legal formalism, norms, interpretation, and excuse that weirdly affect my thinking about contract law.  In whatever time that remains I enjoy reading even more about history and theory or watching grainy documentaries (my wife, a literature scholar and fiction fanatic, finds this deeply odd).  I also enjoy college basketball (as a Carolina grad this might more aptly be described as an obsession), cooking (and, yes, eating), and a very occasional game of golf.

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