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Radin, Margaret Jane

Henry King Ransom Professor of Law

332 Hutchins Hall
734.763.4861
E-mail mjradin@umich.edu
Margaret Jane Radin, the Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, teaches courses about contracts and patents, as well as those dealing with property theory, the interaction between property and contracts, and the evolution of property and contracts in the digital era. She authored Boilerplate (Princeton University Press, 2012), which 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, Second Edition (Foundation Press, 2005). Prof. Radin has taught at the University of Southern California, Stanford University, Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and New York University. In 2006-2007, she was the inaugural Microsoft Fellow in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. In 2008, she became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Radin 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 remains an avid amateur flutist.

Recent Publications

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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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"Boilerplate: A Threat to the Rule of Law?" in The Rule of Law and Private Law, edited by L. M. Austin and D. Klimchuk. Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, 2014.

"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, Forthcoming, 2014.

"Response: Boilerplate in Theory and Practice." Can. Bus. L. J. 54, no. 2 (2013): 292-306.

"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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Boilerplate: The Fine Print, Vanishing Rights, and the Rule of Law. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2012.

"Property Longa, Vita Brevis." Wis. L. Rev. 2011, no. 2 (2011): 111-21. (Originally presented as a speech at the Wisconsin Law Review Symposium on Intellectual Property and Intergenerational Equity, November 2010)
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"Form Contracts and the Problem of Consumer Information." J. Inst. & Theoretical Econ. 167, no. 1 (2011): 49-55.
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"The Rule of Law in the Information Age: Reconciling Private Rights and Public Values." J. L. Phil. & Culture 4, no. 1 (2009): 83-105.
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Activities

Participated in "Boilerplate 2.0," a conference inspired by her book, Boilerplate, at the University of Toronto, April 1, 2013.

Lecturer, "Bodies and Markets: Ethical Arguments and Choices," Festival d’Economia: I confini della Liberta Economica," Trento, Italy, June 4, 2011.

Sullivan Lecturer, "Reconsidering Boilerplate: Confronting Normative and Democratic Embarrassments," Capital University Law School, April 1, 2011.

Grafstein Lecturer, "Boilerplate is Changing our Legal Universe," University of Toronto Faculty of Law, March 21, 2011.

Presenter, "World B: My Way or the Highway in Contract Law," Duke University Law School Legal Theory Workshop, February 11, 2011.

Presented a faculty workshop at the University of Wisconsin Law School on two chapters from her forthcoming book on form contracts, November 2010.

Presented "Property Longa, Vita Brevis: Conundrums of Intergenerational Justice," Wisconsin Law Review Symposium on Intellectual Property and Intergenerational Equity, November 2010.

Presenter, "World B: My Way or the Highway in Contract Law," University of Wisconsin faculty workshop, November 2010.

Co-sponsor of (with Professor Ted Parson) and regular performer with the Michigan Law Classical Music Society.

Presenter, "Form Contracts and the Problem of Consumer Information," Seminar on B2C: Business to Consumer Transactions, sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods and the University of Bonn, Budapest, June 2010.

Presenter, "Economic Liberty vs. Human Liberty: Implications for Disaggregating Property Rights," memorial panel for Prof. C. Edwin Baker, Conference on Philosophy and Social Sciences, Prague, May 2010.

Invited participant, Conference on Moral Literacy and Moral Imagination (in honor of Prof. Barbara Herman), UCLA, April 2010.

 
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