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What Do Good Lawyers Know That The Rest Of Us Don't? Introducing First-Year Law Students To 'Legal Realism', Gregory S. Crespi Jan 2022

What Do Good Lawyers Know That The Rest Of Us Don't? Introducing First-Year Law Students To 'Legal Realism', Gregory S. Crespi

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This short article presents the general outlines of a lecture that I usually give to my first-year contract law students, at about the end of their first week of classes, to get them started thinking about the process of judicial decision-making, and about the “legal realist” perspective regarding that process.


(Un)Corporate Crypto-Governance, Carla L. Reyes Jan 2020

(Un)Corporate Crypto-Governance, Carla L. Reyes

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Public blockchain protocols face a serious governance crisis. Thus far, blockchain protocols have followed the path of early Internet governance. If the architects of blockchain protocols are not careful, they may suffer a similar fate — increasing governmental control, greater centralization, and decreasing privacy. As blockchain architects begin to consider better governance structures, there is a legal movement underway to impose a fiduciary framework upon open source software developers. If the movement succeeds, the consequences for open source software development could be dire. If arbitrarily imposed upon blockchain communities without consideration of variances among communities or the reality of how …


Personal Reality: Delusion In Law And Science, Joshua C. Tate Jan 2017

Personal Reality: Delusion In Law And Science, Joshua C. Tate

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The concept of an insane delusion appears in several branches of the law, including contracts, gifts, and wills. Critics of the traditional doctrine have made compelling arguments in favor of its modification or abolition in the context of wills, given that it is often used as an excuse to substitute the values of jurors for those of the testator. Moreover, recent scientific studies have shown correlations between delusions and other cognitive impairments, calling into question the need for an independent doctrine of insane delusion. Nevertheless, there is evidence that not all deluded individuals have additional cognitive biases, and those who …


Gambling, Commodity Speculation, And The 'Victorian Compromise', Joshua C. Tate Jan 2007

Gambling, Commodity Speculation, And The 'Victorian Compromise', Joshua C. Tate

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This Essay examines two major strands of nineteenth-century jurisprudence related to gambling: Southern cases defining public and private space for the purpose of state gambling statutes, and Northern cases applying the intent to deliver test to speculative contracts. The Essay argues that both lines of cases reflect what Lawrence Friedman has termed the Victorian compromise: A strong official stance against immoral behavior is conjoined with de facto acceptance of many questionable practices, provided that they are conducted in a manner acceptable to the elite. The Essay concludes that nineteenth-century judges sought to preserve the semblance of a strict prohibition against …


Contracting With Tortfeasors: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses And Personal Injury Claims, Elizabeth G. Thornburg Jan 2004

Contracting With Tortfeasors: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses And Personal Injury Claims, Elizabeth G. Thornburg

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People thinking about contractual arbitration clauses usually envision the resulting disputes as contractual in nature. However, there is also a group of cases in which the clauses are used to compel arbitration of personal injury claims. This article examines those cases, including the impact of the Federal Arbitration Act on their enforcement. Next, the article considers the ways in which these pre-dispute, mandatory arbitration clauses can disturb the traditional values of procedural justice, contractual fairness, and the enforcement of tort-based duties. Finally, the article proposes changes in the law of arbitration and evaluates whether such changes are politically feasible.


Is A Signed Offer Sufficient To Satisfy The Statute Of Frauds?, Gregory S. Crespi Jan 2004

Is A Signed Offer Sufficient To Satisfy The Statute Of Frauds?, Gregory S. Crespi

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In this article, the author attempts to clarify the law on the issue of whether a signed offer is a “sufficient writing" to satisfy the statute of frauds requirement. The article seeks to demonstrate that much of the confusion among contract law treatises regarding this issue stems from the writers sometimes failing to distinguish clearly between "common law" state statutes of frauds and UCC Section 2-201. Given the large body of case law in support of allowing signed offers to satisfy the common law statute of frauds requirements, the author argues that courts should be more reluctant to interpret UCC …


Recent Significant Cases Affecting Farmout Agreements, John S. Lowe Jan 1999

Recent Significant Cases Affecting Farmout Agreements, John S. Lowe

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As this author observed in 1987, farmors' and farmees' mutual interest in maximizing available tax benefits causes the structure of farmout agreements to be very much the same, or at least fall into discernable patterns. Farmout substantive provisions, however, vary widely. The difference in substantive provisions results in part from the different goals that farmors and farmees seek when they enter into agreements. In part, the differences are reflexive; once one encounters a problem, one drafts to avoid it in the future. In part, also, the differences show the creativity of American businessmen and their lawyers in deal-making.

The cases …


Representing The Landowner In Oil And Gas Leasing Transactions, John S. Lowe Jan 1978

Representing The Landowner In Oil And Gas Leasing Transactions, John S. Lowe

Faculty Journal Articles and Book Chapters

The publicity attendant upon the "energy crisis" confronting the United States and increasing prices for oil and gas have induced growing percentages of landowners or mineral interest owners' and oil and gas operators negotiating oil and gas leasing transactions to seek legal counsel at some point in their negotiations. An oil and gas operator usually consults either staff legal counsel or a law firm which represents other oil and gas operators, so that as a general rule operators are served by legal counsel who are familiar with the problems involved in leasing transactions and with the particular characteristics of their …