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Editor: Jeremy Telman
Oklahoma City University
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

AALS Panel on Teaching Commercial Law in the 21st Century, Today at 4:15 EST

Section on Commercial and Consumer Law, Co-Sponsored by Teaching Methods and Technology, Law and Legal Education:
Teaching Commercial Law in the 21st Century
AALS 2021Rapid technological developments in commercial transactions are forcing us to revise decades-old laws. Are today’s law professors up to the challenge of teaching this new content? Are today’s law students interested in learning it? Many people are concerned that not enough schools are teaching bread-and-butter Uniform Commercial Code classes such as Sales (Article 2) and Secured Transactions (Article 9). And far fewer are teaching courses centered on related subjects, such as Negotiable Instruments (Article 3) or Investment Securities (Article 8). Prominent members of the Uniform Law Commission and academics focused on UCC subjects will discuss changes to the law, law school pedagogy, and student demand will affect the UCC in the 21st century.
  • Moderator: Kara Bruce is a professor of law at the University of Toledo, where she teaches courses on the UCC, bankruptcy, and contracts. A dedicated classroom teacher, she has won the University of Toledo’s outstanding teaching award and the University of Toledo College of Law’s Outstanding Professor Award (selected by the graduating class). Bruce is a contributing editor to the Bankruptcy Law Letter and coauthor on a forthcoming edition of Problems and Materials on Secured Transactions (with Stephen Sepinuck).
  • Speaker: Carliss Chatman is an Associate Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law specializing in corporate and commercial law. Her 11 years of legal practice before entering the academy lends a common sense approach to her teaching and scholarship. She specializes in bringing practical experience to all of her classes, making complex legal concepts within reach for students of all backgrounds. Through service on the Advisory Board of, she has worked on the cutting edge of legal regulatory technology, helping to train the machine learning platform to anticipate the research needs of those in the compliance and regulatory legal space. Her experience in leadership of non-profit boards and over two decades of social activism has allowed Professor Chatman to develop expertise on matters involving race, women's rights, and educational access.

  • Speaker: Bill Henning, a professor at the Texas A&M University School of Law, has published widely in the field of commercial law generally and in the area of secured transactions in particular. He is a former Executive Director and current Life Member of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). He is currently Vice-Chair of the ULC’s Committee on the UCC, a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code, and a member of the Joint ULC/ALI Drafting Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code and Emerging Technologies. He is also a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law and served on the U.S. Delegation to the U. N. Commission on International Trade Law’s working group that developed the U.N. Model Law on Secured Transactions.

  • Speaker: John T. McGarvey, Shareholder,  Attorney at Law, Morgan Pottinger McGarvey. Mr. McGarvey taught secured transactions for 16 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, is Chairperson of the Uniform Law Commission’s UCC Committee, an ex officio member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the UCC, a member of the American Law Institute and focuses his practice on commercial law at the firm of Morgan Pottinger McGarvey in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky.

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