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Radin, Margaret Jane

Henry King Ransom Professor of Law

332 Hutchins Hall

Margaret Jane Radin, the Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, teaches courses about contracts and patents, and international intellectual property. She also teaches property theory, Internet commerce, and a student scholarship seminar. Her recent book, Boilerplate (Princeton University Press, 2013), winner of the Scribes Book Award 2014, explores the problems posed for the legal system by adhesion contracts and how they might be ameliorated. She also has written two books exploring the problems of propertization: Contested Commodities (Harvard University Press, 1996) and Reinterpreting Property (University of Chicago Press, 1993), and coauthored a casebook, Internet Commerce: The Emerging Legal Framework, 2nd ed. (Foundation Press, 2005). Prof. Radin has held chaired professorships at the University of Southern California and Stanford University, and she has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Toronto, and New York University. In 2006-2007, she was the inaugural Microsoft Fellow in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Prof. Radin is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute. She received her AB from Stanford, where she majored in music, and her MFA in music history from Brandeis University. She was advanced to candidacy for the PhD in musicology at UC Berkeley before she changed her career path to law and received her JD from the University of Southern California in 1976. She is a devoted amateur flutist.

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What Boilerplate Said: A Response to Omri Ben-Shahar (and a Diagnosis). Univ. of Michigan Public Law and Legal Theory Working Paper Series, No. 392; Univ. of Michigan Law School, Law & Economics Research Paper Series, No. 14-007. Working Paper, 2014.
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"Less Than I Wanted To Know: The Submerged Issues in More Than I Wanted To Know" Jer. Rev. Legal Stud. (2014): 1-12. (First published online: November 7, 2014).
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"Boilerplate:  A Threat to the Rule of Law?" In Private Law and the Rule of Law, edited by L. M. Austin and D. Klimchuk. Oxford University Press, 2014.​
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"An Analytical Framework for Legal Evaluation of Boilerplate." In Philosophical Foundations of Contract Law, edited by G. Lestas, P. Saprai, and G. Klass. Oxford University Press, 2014.
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​"Of Priors and Disconnects." Harv. L. Rev. F. 127, no. 7 (2014): 259-72.
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​Review of The 3-1/2 Minute Transaction: Boilerplate and the Limits of Contract Design, by R. E. Scott and M. Gulati. L. & Pol. Bk. Rev. 23, no. 6 (2013): 302-4.
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"Response: Boilerplate in Theory and Practice." Can. Bus. L. J. 54, no. 2 (2013): 292-306.

Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2013.

"Rhetorical Capture." Ariz. L. Rev. 54, no. 2 (2012): 457-68. (Symposium: Political Discourse, Civility, and Harm.)
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"Reconsidering Boilerplate: Confronting Normative and Democratic Degradation." Cap. U. L. Rev. 40, no. 3 (2012): 617-56.
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"In Tribute: Frank I. Michelman." Harv. L. Rev. 125, no. 4 (2012): 896-900.
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​Elected to the American Law Institute, October 2013.

Participated in "Boilerplate 2.0," a conference inspired by her book, Boilerplate, at the University of Toronto, April 2013.

Presented the lecture, "Bodies and Markets: Ethical Arguments and Choices," Festival d’Economia: I confini della Liberta Economica," Trento, Italy, June 2011.

Presented the Sullivan Lecture, "Reconsidering Boilerplate: Confronting Normative and Democratic Embarrassments," Capital University Law School, April 2011.

Presented the Grafstein Lecture, "Boilerplate is Changing our Legal Universe," University of Toronto Faculty of Law, March 2011.

Presented "World B: My Way or the Highway in Contract Law," Duke University Law School Legal Theory Workshop, February 2011.

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