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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 184 A Crib Sheet for Contracts Profs 
Victor P. Goldberg 
Columbia Law School 
2 180 The Validity of Restraints on Alienation in an Oil and Gas Lease 
Luke Meier and Rory M. Ryan 
Baylor University - Law School and Baylor University - Law School 
3 157 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
4 150 The Influence of Comparative Law on the English Law of Obligations 
Andrew Burrows 
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
5 133 Freedom to Tinker 
Pamela Samuelson 
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
6 130 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
7 117 Facilitating Incomplete Contracts 
Wendy Netter Epstein 
DePaul University - College of Law 
8 107 After the Revolution: An Empirical Study of Consumer Arbitration 
David Horton and Andrea Cann Chandrasekher 
University of California, Davis - School of Law and University of California, Davis - School of Law 
9 103 The Law, Economics, and Psychology of Manipulation 
Eric A. Posner 
University of Chicago - Law School 
10 96 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 216 Two Cheers for Corporate Experimentation: The A/B Illusion and the Virtues of Data-Driven Innovation 
Michelle N. Meyer 
Union Graduate College - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Bioethics Program 
2 184 A Crib Sheet for Contracts Profs 
Victor P. Goldberg 
Columbia Law Schoo
3 157 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
4 150 The Influence of Comparative Law on the English Law of Obligations 
Andrew Burrows 
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law 
5 130 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
6 117 Facilitating Incomplete Contracts 
Wendy Netter Epstein 
DePaul University - College of Law
7 107 After the Revolution: An Empirical Study of Consumer Arbitration 
David Horton and Andrea Cann Chandrasekher 
University of California, Davis - School of Law and University of California, Davis - School of Law 
8 103 The Law, Economics, and Psychology of Manipulation 
Eric A. Posner 
University of Chicago - Law School 
9 96 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 
10 86 Reinterpreting the Status-Contract Divide: The Case of Fiduciaries 
Hanoch Dagan and Elizabeth S. Scott 
Tel Aviv University - Buchmann Faculty of Law and Columbia University - Law School 

June 24, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Monday, June 22, 2015

New Scholarship from Jeff Lipshaw

JlipshawFriend of the blog, Jeff Lipshaw (Suffolk Law) has a new article available for download on SSRN.

Here is the abstract:

This essay is a reflection on the gap between the real-life practice of contract law and some of the academic theory that tries to explain it. I define “lexical opportunism” as an adversary’s clever lawyering, using contractual text of a complex business arrangement, ironically as devoid of thoughtful drafting or close negotiation as the boilerplate in a consumer contract, but which, when turned into a legal theory, creates a potential for staggering liability beyond all common sense. A multi-billion lawsuit, recently settled, serves as an example, and triggers my discussion of (a) what it means to engage in theoretical assessment in contract law, (b) how the justification of contract law by way of inhibiting economic opportunism is based on the simplest examples, rather than the kind of contract discourse found in any real-world contract worth spending millions to litigate, and (c) how normative theory based on upholding the moral sanctity of promise keeping evaporates when the parties disagree about the meaning of their promises. I argue that both economic and moral theories about contract law fail to account for issues in the use of language and depend on the naïve adoption of the correspondence theory of truth. The nature of language permits opportunism, and the only check on it is the desire, from whatever motivation, not to be opportunistic. I conclude with what I hope are some constructive thoughts about the appropriate use of theory in lawyering, and thereby mitigate my skepticism whether any single theory or discipline is capable of meaningful explanation or prediction about lexical opportunism.

 

June 22, 2015 in Contract Profs, Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New in Print

Pile of BooksWendy Netter Epstein, Facilitating Incomplete Contracts. 65 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 297 (2014)

W. Stanfield. Johnson, Hercules, Winstar, and the Supreme Court's Conspicuous and Potentially Consequential Error, 44 Pub. Cont. L.J. 199 (2015)

David Kenny & Rosemary Hennigan. Choice-of-Court Agreements, the Italian Torpedo, and the Recast of the Brussels I Regulation. 64 Int'l & Comp. L.Q. 197 (2015)

Thomas H. Koenig, & Michael L. Rustad, Fundamentally Unfair: An Empirical Analysis of Social Media Arbitration Clauses, 65 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 341 (2014)

Amy L. Peikoff, Of Third-Party Bathwater: How to Throw out the Third-Party Doctrine While Preserving Government's Ability to Use Secret Agents, 88 St. John's L. Rev. 349 (2014)

Katherine M. Urban, Sustainable Acquisition and the Post-Conflict Environment: Why Adopting a Federal Sustainable Procurement Policy for Post-Conflict Environments that Mirrors those Adopted by Some Local Governments Would Help Lead to Mission Success, 44 Pub. Cont. L.J. 261 (2015)

In addition, we have an entire symposium on Atlantic Marine and forum selection clauses form the Hastings Law Journal 

Hastings Law Journal

Atlantic Marine and Choice-of-Law Federalism

Andrew D. Bradt

Volume 66, Issue 3, 617-42

Full Article

Governing Law on Forum-Selection Agreements

Kevin M. Clermont

Volume 66, Issue 3, 643-74

Full Article

Atlantic Marine and the Future of Party Preference

Scott Dodson

Volume 66, Issue 3, 675-92

Full Article

Atlantic Marine and the Future of Forum Non Conveniens

Robin Effron

Volume 66, Issue 3, 693-718

Full Article

Gaming the System: Protecting Consumers from Unconscionable Contractual Forum-Selection and Arbitration Clauses

Linda S. Mullenix

Volume 66, Issue 3, 719-60

Full Article

Five Questions After Atlantic Marine

Stephen E. Sachs

Volume 66, Issue 3, 761-76

Full Article

Enforcing Forum-Selection Clauses

Bradley Scott Shannon

Volume 66, Issue 3, 777-94f

Full Article

Atlantic Marine Through the Lens of Erie

Adam N. Steinman

Volume 66, Issue 3, 795-822

Full Article

 

 

June 17, 2015 in Government Contracting, Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New in Print

Nancy_kimBig news for Nancy Kim fans:

Southwestern Law Review has published the proceedings of a symposium it held on Nancy's book, Wrap Contracts.  Kudos to the Law Review for putting together such a stellar group of contributors and for bringing attention to Nancy's scholarship!

SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW

VOLUME 44

NUMBER 2

SPRING 2015

Nancy Kim's Wrap Contracts Symposium

209

Foreword (PDF)
Robert A. Hillman
   
215 Escaping Toxic Contracts: How We Have Lost the War on Assent in Wrap Contracts (PDF)
Daniel D. Barnhizer
   
231 Norm Shifting By Contract (PDF)
Zev J. Eigen
   
239 Against Contractual Authoritarianism (PDF)
Shubha Ghosh
   
251 Form & Substance in Nancy Kim's Wrap Contracts (PDF)
Danielle Kie Hart
   
265 Challenging the Law Online Southwestern Law Review Symposium on Nancy Kim's Wrap Contracts (PDF)
Allyson Haynes Stuart
   
275 Notice, Assent, and Form in a 140 Character World (PDF)
Juliet M. Moringiello
   
285 Wraps and Copyrights (PDF)
Deborah Tussey
   
297 Preserving Substantive Unconscionability (PDF)
Dov Waisman
   
309 The Wrap Contract Morass (PDF)
Nancy S. Kim

 

June 10, 2015 in About this Blog, Books, Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 210 M&A Contracts: Purposes, Types, Regulation, and Patterns of Practice 
John C. Coates, IV 
Harvard Law School 
2 175 The Validity of Restraints on Alienation in an Oil and Gas Lease 
Luke Meier and Rory M. Ryan 
Baylor University - Law School and Baylor University - Law School 
3 143 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
4 129 A Crib Sheet for Contracts Profs 
Victor P. Goldberg 
Columbia Law School 
5 120 Freedom to Tinker 
Pamela Samuelson 
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
6 119 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
7 103 The Influence of Comparative Law on the English Law of Obligations 
Andrew Burrows 
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law 
8 97 Facilitating Incomplete Contracts 
Wendy Netter Epstein 
DePaul University - College of Law 
9 89 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 
10 75 Online Consumer Contracts: No One Reads, But Does Anyone Care? 
Shmuel I. Becher and Tal Zarsky 
College of Management (Israel) - School of Law and University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 143 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
2 129 A Crib Sheet for Contracts Profs 
Victor P. Goldberg 
Columbia Law School 
3 119 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
4 103 The Influence of Comparative Law on the English Law of Obligations 
Andrew Burrows 
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law 
5 97 Facilitating Incomplete Contracts 
Wendy Netter Epstein 
DePaul University - College of Law
6 89 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 
7 86 Two Cheers for Corporate Experimentation: The A/B Illusion and the Virtues of Data-Driven Innovation 
Michelle N. Meyer 
Union Graduate College - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Bioethics Program 
8 75 Online Consumer Contracts: No One Reads, But Does Anyone Care? 
Shmuel I. Becher and Tal Zarsky 
College of Management (Israel) - School of Law and University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
9 68 Rethinking Promissory Estoppel 
Eric Alden 
Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law 
10 71 What We Know About Contract Law and Transacting in the Marketplace – A Review Essay 
John Gava 
Adelaide Law School 

 

 

June 9, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 269 Loyalty Rebates after Intel: Time for the European Court of Justice to Overrule Hoffman-La Roche 
Damien Geradin 
George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
2 200 M&A Contracts: Purposes, Types, Regulation, and Patterns of Practice 
John C. Coates, IV 
Harvard Law School 
3 167 The Validity of Restraints on Alienation in an Oil and Gas Lease 
Luke Meier and Rory M. Ryan 
Baylor University - Law School and Baylor University - Law School 
4 134 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
5 116 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
6 115 A Crib Sheet for Contracts Profs 
Victor P. Goldberg 
Columbia Law School 
7 114 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
8 114 Freedom to Tinker 
Pamela Samuelson 
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
9 98 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
10 89 The Influence of Comparative Law on the English Law of Obligations 
Andrew Burrows 
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 134 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
2 116 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
3 115 A Crib Sheet for Contracts Profs 
Victor P. Goldberg 
Columbia Law School 
4 114 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
5 98 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law
6 89 The Influence of Comparative Law on the English Law of Obligations 
Andrew Burrows 
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law 
7 87 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 
8 82 Facilitating Incomplete Contracts 
Wendy Netter Epstein 
DePaul University - College of Law 
9 75 Two Cheers for Corporate Experimentation: The A/B Illusion and the Virtues of Data-Driven Innovation 
Michelle N. Meyer 
Union Graduate College - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Bioethics Program 
Date posted to database: 14 May 2015 
Last Revised: 14 May 2015
10 73 Online Consumer Contracts: No One Reads, But Does Anyone Care? 
Shmuel I. Becher and Tal Zarsky 
College of Management (Israel) - School of Law and University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 

June 2, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New in Print

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 258 Loyalty Rebates after Intel: Time for the European Court of Justice to Overrule Hoffman-La Roche 
Damien Geradin 
George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
2 191 M&A Contracts: Purposes, Types, Regulation, and Patterns of Practice 
John C. Coates, IV 
Harvard Law School 
3 158 The Validity of Restraints on Alienation in an Oil and Gas Lease 
Luke Meier and Rory M. Ryan 
Baylor University - Law School and Baylor University - Law School 
4 119 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
5 115 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
6 112 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
7 103 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
8 101 Freedom to Tinker 
Pamela Samuelson 
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law 
9 96 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law
10 84 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 119 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
2 115 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
3 112 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
4 103 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
5 96 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
6 84 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 
7 80 A Crib Sheet for Contracts Profs 
Victor P. Goldberg 
Columbia Law School 
8 69 Online Consumer Contracts: No One Reads, But Does Anyone Care? 
Shmuel I. Becher and Tal Zarsky 
College of Management (Israel) - School of Law and University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
9 62 Two Cheers for Corporate Experimentation: The A/B Illusion and the Virtues of Data-Driven Innovation 
Michelle N. Meyer 
Union Graduate College - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Bioethics Program 
10 52 The Influence of Comparative Law on the English Law of Obligations 
Andrew Burrows 
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law 

 

May 26, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New in Print

Pile of BooksCarl J. Circo, A Case Study in Collaborative Technology and the Intentionally Relational Contract: Building Information Modeling and Construction Industry Contracts, 67 Ark. L. Rev. 873 (2014)

Tal Kastner, How 'bout Them Apples?: The Power of Stories of Agreement in Consumer Contracts, 7 Drexel L. Rev. 67 (2014)

Eric A. Zacks & Dustin A. Zacks, Not a Party: Challenging Mortgage Assignments, 59 St. Louis U. L.J. 175 (2014)

May 20, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 385 Hello Barbie: First They Will Monitor You, Then They Will Discriminate Against You. Perfectly 
Irina D. Manta and David S. Olson 
Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Boston College Law School
2 237 Loyalty Rebates after Intel: Time for the European Court of Justice to Overrule Hoffman-La Roche 
Damien Geradin 
George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
3 187 M&A Contracts: Purposes, Types, Regulation, and Patterns of Practice 
John C. Coates, IV 
Harvard Law School 
4 151 The Validity of Restraints on Alienation in an Oil and Gas Lease 
Luke Meier and Rory M. Ryan 
Baylor University - Law School and Baylor University - Law School 
5 109 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
6 109 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
7 108 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
8 92 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
9 91 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
10 85

Social Justice, Social Norms and the Governance of Social Media 
Tal Zarsky 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 109 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
2 109 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
3 108 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
4 92 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
5 91 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
6 85 Social Justice, Social Norms and the Governance of Social Media 
Tal Zarsky 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
7 78 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 
8 67 Online Consumer Contracts: No One Reads, But Does Anyone Care? 
Shmuel I. Becher and Tal Zarsky 
College of Management (Israel) - School of Law and University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
9 64 A Crib Sheet for Contracts Profs 
Victor P. Goldberg 
Columbia Law School 
10 49 Two Cheers for Corporate Experimentation: The A/B Illusion and the Virtues of Data-Driven Innovation 
Michelle N. Meyer 
Union Graduate College - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Bioethics Program 

 

May 19, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Opportunity to Contribute to Contracts in the Real World, 2d Ed.

Cunningham_2009Larry Cunningham of George Washington Law School (pictured) is preparing the second edition of his book, Contracts in the Real World.  You may remember the first edition from prior posts such as  the online symposium that we cross-posted here in 2012.

Larry is turning to the market to get ideas for the next edition.  Via his twitter feed, he is now offering a copy of Contracts in the Real World to those who suggest a story that is chosen for inclusion in the next edition.  More details on the book are at Cambridge University's webpage.

May 18, 2015 in Contract Profs, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New in Print

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 373 Hello Barbie: First They Will Monitor You, Then They Will Discriminate Against You. Perfectly 
Irina D. Manta and David S. Olson 
Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Boston College Law School 
2 229 Loyalty Rebates after Intel: Time for the European Court of Justice to Overrule Hoffman-La Roche 
Damien Geradin 
George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
3 173 M&A Contracts: Purposes, Types, Regulation, and Patterns of Practice 
John C. Coates, IV 
Harvard Law School 
4 134 The Validity of Restraints on Alienation in an Oil and Gas Lease 
Luke Meier and Rory M. Ryan 
Baylor University - Law School and Baylor University - Law School 
5 103 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
6 102 Antitrust Arbitration and Merger Approval 
Mark A. Lemley and Christopher R. Leslie 
Stanford Law School and University of California, Irvine School of Law 
7 101 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
8 100 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
9 83 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
10 78 Social Justice, Social Norms and the Governance of Social Media 
Tal Zarsky 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 103 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
2 102 Antitrust Arbitration and Merger Approval 
Mark A. Lemley and Christopher R. Leslie 
Stanford Law School and University of California, Irvine School of Law 
3 101 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
4 100 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
5 83 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
6 78 Social Justice, Social Norms and the Governance of Social Media 
Tal Zarsky 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
7 77 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 
8 69 Pluralistic Legal Theories: In Search of a Common Denominator 
Ronen Perry 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
9 67 Shareholder Litigation by Contract 
Verity Winship 
University of Illinois College of Law 
10 59 Online Consumer Contracts: No One Reads, But Does Anyone Care? 
Shmuel I. Becher and Tal Zarsky 
College of Management (Israel) - School of Law and University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 

 

 

May 12, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New in Print

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 365 Hello Barbie: First They Will Monitor You, Then They Will Discriminate Against You. Perfectly 
Irina D. Manta and David S. Olson 
Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Boston College Law School 
2 217 Loyalty Rebates after Intel: Time for the European Court of Justice to Overrule Hoffman-La Roche 
Damien Geradin 
George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
3 156 M&A Contracts: Purposes, Types, Regulation, and Patterns of Practice 
John C. Coates, IV 
Harvard Law School 
4 103 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
5 100 Manufactured Consent: The Problem of Arbitration Clauses in Corporate Charters and Bylaws 
Ann M Lipton 
Duke University School of Law 
6 99 Antitrust Arbitration and Merger Approval 
Mark A. Lemley and Christopher R. Leslie 
Stanford Law School and University of California, Irvine School of Law 
7 96 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
8 84 The Validity of Restraints on Alienation in an Oil and Gas Lease 
Luke Meier and Rory M. Ryan 
Baylor University - Law School and Baylor University - Law School 
9 80 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
10 75 Social Justice, Social Norms and the Governance of Social Media 
Tal Zarsky 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 103 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
2 100 Manufactured Consent: The Problem of Arbitration Clauses in Corporate Charters and Bylaws 
Ann M Lipton 
Duke University School of Law 
3 99 Antitrust Arbitration and Merger Approval 
Mark A. Lemley and Christopher R. Leslie 
Stanford Law School and University of California, Irvine School of Law 
4 96 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
5 80 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
6 75 Social Justice, Social Norms and the Governance of Social Media 
Tal Zarsky 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 
7 68 The Forum Selection Defense 
Stephen E. Sachs 
Duke University School of Law 
8 64 Shareholder Litigation by Contract 
Verity Winship 
University of Illinois College of Law 
9 63 Lex Mercatoria 
Gralf-Peter Calliess 
University of Bremen - Faculty of Law 
10 59 Contractually Adopted Fiduciary Duty 
D. Gordon Smith 
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School 

 

May 5, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Another Transparency Issue: Conditional Merit-Based Scholarships

ScholarOne of the ways in which law schools are allegedly inadequately transparent is in the award of merit scholarships conditional on the students’ achievement of a certain grade point average (GPA), usually 3.0, in law school.  The New York Times set the ball rolling back in 2011, with this article about a law student who lost her scholarship when she only managed a 2.967 GPA.  Law school critics allege that such conditional merit scholarships are a “bait and switch.”  It is an odd claim.  Law schools offer conditional merit scholarships for the same reasons colleges offer them, and there are no claims that the terms of the scholarship are unclear.  Why are law students assumed to be incapable of looking into standard grade normalizations curves for the first year? 

The real mystery is why conditional scholarships for law students come in for so much criticism when they seem to be generally regarded as valuable and successful on the undergraduate level.   The scholarships are, as their name suggests, conditional, and it would be completely unreasonable to continue to grant students merit scholarships when their performance in law school has been disappointing.  Students who lose their merit scholarship have gotten their first year of legal education for free, so what is their harm?  I think the claim for harm is derivative of the larger (and largely baseless) claim that law schools do not benefit their students.

 The Critique

Jerry Organ published an interesting article criticizing competitive scholarships and recommending best practices for the law schools that use them, including better disclosure of scholarship retention rates.  Law School Transparency proposed a new ABA standard that would require all law schools to publish on their websites data about the percentage of students who were able to retain their scholarships after the first year.  

As readers of this blog should know, disclosure is no panacea.  Professor Organ was able to find information about how scholarships work at 160 law schools.  That means that the information was out there.  Since Professor Organ was able to gather information about 160 law schools, it should not be difficult for students to gather relevant information about the one law school that they are considering attending.  Many students can find their law school’s curve by looking on Wikipedia.   Since a lot rides on the decision, one would expect students to investigate, especially since the investigation might not take more than a few mouse clicks.

If law schools were more aggressive and sat down with students offered conditional scholarships and walked them all through the statistics, would anything change?  Would a student choose not to go to law school because she had been told that there was a 50/50 chance that she would lose her scholarship after year 1?  I doubt it.  She would feel confident that she would be one of the successful students and, even if not, she would still have enjoyed a year’s free tuition.

 

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May 4, 2015 in Commentary, Law Schools, Recent Scholarship, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (14) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New in Print

KuttyI am happy to see a publication by my colleague Faisal Kutty (pictured) gracing this list of recent publications.  Way to go, Faisal!

Hiro N. Aragaki, The Federal Arbitration Act as Procedural Reform. 89 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1939 (2014)

Robert Bejesky, The Economics of the Will to Fight: Public Choice in the Use of Private Contractors in Iraq, 45 Cumb. L. Rev. 1 (2014-2015)

Ann Laquer Estin, Foreign and Religious Family Law: Comity, Contract, and the Constitution. 41 Pepp. L. Rev. 1029 (2014)

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, Religious Tribunals and Secular Courts: Navigating Power and Powerlessness 41 Pepp. L. Rev. 997 (2014)

Faisal Kutty, "Islamic law" in U.S. Courts: Judicial Jihad or Constitutional Imperative? 41 Pepp. L. Rev. 1059 (2014)

Daphne Richemond-Barak, Can Self-Regulation Work? Lessons from the Private Security and Military Industry. 35 Mich. J. Int'l L. 773 (2014)

April 29, 2015 in Government Contracting, Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 361 Hello Barbie: First They Will Monitor You, Then They Will Discriminate Against You. Perfectly. 
Irina D. Manta and David S. Olson 
Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Boston College Law School 
2 260 The Choice-of-Law Revolution Fifty Years after Currie: An End and a Beginning 
Symeon C. Symeonides 
Willamette University - College of Law 
3 179 Contract as Empowerment 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law 
4 174 The Aesthetics of Contract Theory 
Efi Zemach and Omri Ben-Zvi 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law and Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law 
5 141 Loyalty Rebates after Intel: Time for the European Court of Justice to Overrule Hoffman-La Roche 
Damien Geradin 
George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
6 116 Insider Trading in Commodities Markets 
Andrew Verstein 
Wake Forest University School of Law 
7 114 M&A Contracts: Purposes, Types, Regulation, and Patterns of Practice 
John C. Coates, IV 
Harvard Law School 
8 101 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
9 99 A Fuller Understanding of Contractual Commitment 
Zev J. Eigen and David A. Hoffman 
Northwestern University School of Law and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
10 94 Antitrust Arbitration and Merger Approval 
Mark A. Lemley and Christopher R. Leslie 
Stanford Law School and University of California, Irvine School of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 260 The Choice-of-Law Revolution Fifty Years after Currie: An End and a Beginning 
Symeon C. Symeonides 
Willamette University - College of Law 
2 179 Contract as Empowerment 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law 
3 174 The Aesthetics of Contract Theory 
Efi Zemach and Omri Ben-Zvi 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law and Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law 
4 101 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
5 99 A Fuller Understanding of Contractual Commitment 
Zev J. Eigen and David A. Hoffman 
Northwestern University School of Law and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
6 94 Antitrust Arbitration and Merger Approval 
Mark A. Lemley and Christopher R. Leslie 
Stanford Law School and University of California, Irvine School of Law 
7 92 Manufactured Consent: The Problem of Arbitration Clauses in Corporate Charters and Bylaws 
Ann M Lipton 
Duke University School of Law 
8 90 Private Lenders’ Demand for Audit 
Richard BaylisPete BurnapMark ClatworthyMahmoud Gad and Christopher K. M. Pong 
Cardiff Business School, University of Wales System - Cardiff University, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Bristol, Department of Accounting and Finance and Heriot-Watt University - School of Management and Languages 
9 76 Other People's Contracts 
Aditi Bagchi 
Fordham University School of Law 
10 70 Social Justice, Social Norms and the Governance of Social Media 
Tal Zarsky 
University of Haifa - Faculty of Law 

April 28, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New in Print

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Weekly Top Tens from the Social Science Research Network

SSRNSSRN Top Downloads For Contracts & Commercial Law eJournal
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 456 Contrived Threats v. Uncontrived Warnings: A General Solution to the Puzzles of Contractual Duress, Unconstitutional Conditions, and Blackmail 
Einer Elhauge 
Harvard Law School 
2 356 Hello Barbie: First They Will Monitor You, Then They Will Discriminate Against You. Perfectly. 
Irina D. Manta and David S. Olson 
Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law and Boston College Law School 
3 255 The Choice-of-Law Revolution Fifty Years after Currie: An End and a Beginning 
Symeon C. Symeonides 
Willamette University - College of Law 
4 177 Contract as Empowerment 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law 
5 170 The Aesthetics of Contract Theory 
Efi Zemach and Omri Ben-Zvi 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law and Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law 
6 129 Loyalty Rebates after Intel: Time for the European Court of Justice to Overrule Hoffman-La Roche 
Damien Geradin 
George Mason University School of LawTilburg University - Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) 
7 125 The Future of Contract Law in Europe 
Jan M. Smits 
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
8 113 Insider Trading in Commodities Markets 
Andrew Verstein 
Wake Forest University School of Law 
9 97 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
10 95 A Fuller Understanding of Contractual Commitment 
Zev J. Eigen and David A. Hoffman 
Northwestern University School of Law and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 

SSRN Top Downloads For LSN: Contracts (Topic)
RECENT TOP PAPERS 

RankDownloadsPaper Title
1 456 Contrived Threats v. Uncontrived Warnings: A General Solution to the Puzzles of Contractual Duress, Unconstitutional Conditions, and Blackmail 
Einer Elhauge 
Harvard Law School 
2 255 The Choice-of-Law Revolution Fifty Years after Currie: An End and a Beginning 
Symeon C. Symeonides 
Willamette University - College of Law 
3 177 Contract as Empowerment 
Robin Bradley Kar 
University of Illinois College of Law 
4 169 The Aesthetics of Contract Theory 
Efi Zemach and Omri Ben-Zvi 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law and Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law 
5 125 When Faith Falls Short: Bankruptcy Decisions of Churches 
Pamela Foohey 
Indiana University Maurer School of Law 
6 125 The Future of Contract Law in Europe 
Jan M. Smits 
Maastricht University Faculty of Law - Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI) 
7 97 Judicial Deregulation of Consumer Markets 
Max N. Helveston 
DePaul University - College of Law 
8 95 A Fuller Understanding of Contractual Commitment 
Zev J. Eigen and David A. Hoffman 
Northwestern University School of Law and Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law 
Date posted to database: 22 Feb 2015 
Last Revised: 16 Mar 2015
9 94 Antitrust Arbitration and Merger Approval 
Mark A. Lemley and Christopher R. Leslie 
Stanford Law School and University of California, Irvine School of Law 
10 88 Manufactured Consent: The Problem of Arbitration Clauses in Corporate Charters and Bylaws 
Ann M Lipton 
Duke University School of Law

 

April 21, 2015 in Recent Scholarship | Permalink | TrackBack (0)