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University of South Dakota School of Law

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

UCC Conference at South Texas College of Law


Amended Article Two: Reversing the Curse?

            The uniform law for sales of goods in the United States has not been substantially amended since 1951.  The U.S. Constitution, during that time, has been amended five times.

            After an attempt at a full-scale UCC Article Two revision ended in the mid-1990s, the American Law Institute and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws organized a more modest effort to amend Article Two.  This effort ended with the promulgation of Amended Article Two in 2003.  The amendments provided for electronic transactions, updated the statute of frauds, addressed the battle of the forms, revised some consumer protection provisions, and repealed archaic shipping terms.  Few would quarrel with the need for such amendments, but Amended Article Two has not been enacted in any state.

            Will it be?  Could it be re-packaged and resold (in a commercially reasonable manner)?  If not, why not?  What does this mean for future amendments to Article Two?

           To address these questions, a group of scholars, practitioners, and interested observers both for and against Amended Article Two's passage will convene at the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, on April 8, 2011, at 9 am, for a one-day conference.  Committed participants include

Henry Gabriel, Professor of Law at Elon University School of Law and Reporter for Amended Article Two;

Larry Garvin, Lawrence D. Stanley Professor of Law at the Ohio State University College of Law;

Holly Towle, Partner at K&L Gates in Seattle, Washington; and

•Scott Burnham, Frederick N. & Barbara T. Curley Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law and conference co-organizer.

Contributions to the conference will be published in the South Texas Law Review, with an introduction by Fred Miller, Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma School of Law.

            Of course, all interested are invited to attend.  Inquiries related to the conference should be made to Val Ricks at


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