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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Contracts Prof Weekly Spotlight: Jack Graves

Spotlight_2_6_4_10 Jack Graves (Touro Law Center)
B.A., University of Colorado
J.D., University of Colorado
K_prof_2 Jack Graves has joined the faculty at Touro Law School, where he teaches Contracts and Buiness Organizations.

Jack Graves arrived as a member of the legal academy having traveled a somewhat more circuitous path than many.  Before attending law school, Jack spent fifteen years in business management—serving as a CFO, COO, and President of various private and publicly held corporations.  Jack ultimately left the business world for law school, earning his degree from the University of Colorado in 1994.  Following law school, Jack first clerked for the Honorable David M. Ebel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and then joined the law firm of Chrisman, Bynum & Johnson, P.C. (now the Boulder, Colorado office of Faegre & Benson LLP).  Six years later, Jack left the world of law practice for legal academia.

Jack has been a “well traveled” law professor to date, having taught Contracts at the University of Colorado School of Law, Stetson Unive rsity College of Law, and, now, Touro Law School.  Along with Contracts, Jack teaches a variety of other courses related to business law, but his favorite is a course he initially developed while at Stetson and expects to be teaching at Touro next fall—International Sales Law & Arbitration.   His recent scholarship has focused on party autonomy in choice of contract law, as well as a pedagogical article on teaching international commercial law and arbitration.  He is currently working on a casebook intended for use in teaching international sales law and arbitration together in a fully integrated manner.  Jack’s scholarly interests also mesh well with his continuing service as a coach of law student teams in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

When not teaching, writing, or thinking about law, Jack is an avid outdoor enthusiast, including climbing (see photo – Alps ’06), cycling, kayaking, and skiing.

*Photo caption: Is my helicopter rescue contract specifically enforceable in a Swiss court?

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