July 7, 2006
Carolina On My Mind ...
This is a bit premature, but I will be out of blog contact for the next week and wanted to alert you that North Carolina is on the cusp of enacting Revised Article 1 (and Revised Article 7). SB 1555 has passed both houses of the North Carolina legislature without objection and been ratified by the originating house. All that remains is for Governor Michael F. Easley to sign it or fail to veto it within 10 days from presentation. (The clock should begin to run today or Monday.)
Enacting SB 1555 will make North Carolina the twenty-first state to have enacted Revised Article 1 (and the twenty-third to have enacted Revised Article 7) and the twenty-first state to have rejected the language of uniform R1-301 in favor of language similar to that found in its version of pre-revised 1-105. Enacting SB 1555 will make North Carolina the fifteenth state to have adopted the unitary good faith standard of uniform R1-201(b)(20).
Elsewhere, California SB 1481, which had passed the Senate when I last reported on it, still awaits final approval by the Assembly, followed by some conference work to resolve differences between the version of the bill the Senate passed and the version now before the Assembly.
[Keith A. Rowley]
July 4, 2006
Kingsfield and Contracts
Tom Swinnea of AustiTom Swinnea of Austin, Texas, has a 1972 copy of Fuller & Eisenberg's Basic Contract Law signed by John Houseman -- as Charles W. Kingsfield, of Paper Chase (1973) fame, of course. He's putting the book up for auction on e-bay. Here's the story behind the signature, sent to the blog editors:
When I was a student at the University of Texas School of Law, John Houseman spoke at Townes Hall. The discussion that night was about support for local and regional theaters, and some remembrances of his almost fifty years of work on stage and screen.
At the conclusion of the speech, I went up on stage with my Basic Contract Law casebook. This is the Fuller and Eisenberg casebook, copyright 1972. Rather than dash off a quick signature, he looked at the book, looked at me, and said, "I have a special autograph for you." With that, he signed "Charles W. Kingsfield" across the frontcover page. Based on when The Paper Chase came out (1973), the 1972 copyright of this West edition, and the book and first case discussed in the movie, it looks like it was this edition of the book that was used in the movie.
If you ever needed or wanted the casebook with the first case of Hawkins v. McGee signed by Charles W. Kingsfield, your chance is coming up.
The email was sent to us a few days ago, and the auction seems to now be posted on ebay. Try connecting to it here.