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Ronald J. Mann

Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Professor of Law, Co-Director Charles E. Gerber Program in Transactional Studies

J.D. 1985, University of Texas at Austin
B.A. 1982, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Ronald Mann is a nationally recognized scholar and teacher in the fields of commercial law and electronic commerce. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated first in his class and was the managing editor of the Texas Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed on the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court. After three years in private practice, he worked for the Justice Department as an Assistant for the Solicitor General of the United States. After a semester of being a visiting professor in the Spring of 2007 Ronald Mann accepted a position on the Faculty of Columbia Law School in the Fall of that same year. He joined the faculty at the University of Texas Law School in January 2003 after six years at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was the Roy F. & Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law. Prior to that, he taught at Washington University in St. Louis. In the fall of 2000, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies at the Bank of Japan. In the spring of 2005, he was the Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Mann's latest book BANKRUPTCY AND THE U.S. SUPREME COURT (Cambridge U. Press 2017), and on the global credit card industry (CHARGING AHEAD: THE GROWTH AND REGULATION OF PAYMENT CARD MARKETS AROUND THE WORLD) was published by Cambridge University Press (2006). He also has published two widely used commercial law casebooks: Commercial Transactions: A Systems Approach (with Lynn LoPucki, Elizabeth Warren & Daniel Keating, 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2020); and Payment Systems and Other Financial Transactions: Cases, Materials, and Problems (7th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2020). He also co-authored the first American legal casebook in electronic commerce: Electronic Commerce (with Jane K. Winn, 3rd ed. 2008).

He has delivered numerous papers and published extensively in leading law journals. Representative publications include: Reliable Perfection of Security Interests in Crypto-Currency, 21 SMU SCI. & TECH. L. REV. 159 (2018); Balancing Bankruptcy and Environmental Law: Midlantic National Bank v. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 42 J. SUP. COURT HIST. 101 (2017); Putting Stored Value Cards in Their Place, 18 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. 989 (2014) (with Liran Haim); A Fresh Look at State Asset Protection Trust Statutes, 67 VAND. L. REV. 1741 (2014); The Idiosyncrasy of Patent Examiners: The Effects of Experience and Attrition, 92 TEXAS L. REV. 2149 (2014); Assessing the Optimism of Payday Loan Borrowers, 21 SUP. CT. ECON. REV. 105 (2013); After the Great Recession: Regulating Financial Services for Low- and Middle-Income Communities, 69 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 729 (2012); A New Look at Patent Quality: Relating Patent Prosecution to Validity, 9 JOURNAL OF EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES 1 (2012) (with Marian Underweiser); Saving up for Bankruptcy, 98 GEO. L. J. 289 (2010) (with Katherine Porter); A Requiem for Sam’s Bank, 83 CHI.-KENT L. REV. 953 (2008); Just One Click, 108 COLUM. L. REV. 984 (2008) (with Travis Siebeneicher); The Disputed Quality of Software Patents, 85 WASH. U. L. REV. 297 (2007) (with John R. Allison); Software Patents, Incumbents, and Entry, 85 TEXAS L. REV. 1579 (2007) (with John R. Allison & Abe Dunn); Just Until Payday, 54 UCLA L. REV. 855 (2007) (with Jim Hawkins); Bankruptcy Reform and the “Sweat Box” of Credit Card Debt, 2007 U. ILL. L. REV. 375; “Contracting” for Credit, 104 MICH. L. REV. 899 (2006), excerpted version published in BOILERPLATE: THE FOUNDATION OF MARKET CONTRACTS 106 (2007); The Commercialization of Open-Source Software: Do Property Rights Still Matter?, 20 HARV. J. L. & TECH. 1 (2006); Optimizing Consumer Credit Markets and Bankruptcy Policy, 7 J. THEORETICAL INQUIRIES IN LAW 395 (2006); The Promise of Internet Intermediary Liability, 47 WILLIAM & MARY L. REV. 239 (2005) (with Seth Belzley), updated and abbreviated version published as Emerging Frameworks for Policing Internet Intermediaries, J. INTERNET L., Dec. 2006, at 3; Making Sense of Payments Policy in t he Information Age, 93 Geo. L.J. 633 (2005); Regulating Internet Payment Intermediaries, 82 TEXAS L. REV. 681 (2004); Credit Cards and Debit Cards in the United States and Japan, 55 VAND. L. REV. 1055 (2002); The Role of Letters of Credit in Payment Transactions, 99 MICH. L. REV. 2494 (2000); Secured Credit and Software Financing, 85 CORNELL L. REV. 134 (1999); Explaining the Pattern of Secured Credit, 110 HARV. L. REV. 625 (1997); Strategy and Force in the Liquidation of Secured Debt, 96 MICH. L. REV. 159 (1997).