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Calleros presents at contracts conference


February 25, 2013

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law professor Charles Calleros was part of a panel titled “Mixing the Brew, Stirring the Pot: Is there a Law of Contracts Without Statutes?” at the Eighth Annual International Conference on Contracts, Feb. 23 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Calleros was joined on the panel by Charles L. Knap, Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law Emeritus at New York University School of Law, Allen Kamp, Professor at the John Marshall Law School, and Russell Korobkin, Professor at UCLA School of Law.  Each has authored casebooks on contracts. Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, moderated the panel.

The panelists discussed and debated the extent to which they incorporate the Uniform Commercial Code into their casebooks and their first-year courses, along with common law analysis. Calleros explained why an introduction to the UCC is an important supplement to common law analysis, even in a four-unit course with significant time constraints.  He said the interaction between the common law and the UCC helps students to better appreciate common law legal method and the ways in which the UCC departs from the common law for sales of goods, and focusing on statutory text provides a good vehicle for the problem method used by Calleros.

Calleros’ research interests include international and comparative contract law, international conflict of laws, the intersection of free speech with race and gender discrimination, and various issues regarding legal education. At ASU, he teaches Contracts, International Contracts, Civil Rights Legislation, and Legal Method and Writing, using his own published textbooks for Contracts and Legal Method and Writing. At the Universite Paris Descartes, he annually teaches short courses in Common Law Legal Method, Comparative and International Contracts, and International Conflict of Laws.