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Radin, Margaret Jane

Henry King Ransom Professor of Law Emerita


734.647.0999
E-mail mjradin@umich.edu

Margaret Jane Radin, the Henry King Ransom Professor of Law Emerita, retired in May 2015. She taught courses about contracts and patents and international intellectual property. She also taught 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.

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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"The Fiduciary State and Private Ordering." In Contract, Status, and Fiduciary Law, edited by P. B. Miller and A. S. Gold. Oxford, 2017.
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"The Deformation of Contract in the Information Society." Oxford J. Legal Stud.(2017): 1-29. (doi:10.1093/ojls/gqx001)
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"From Baby-Selling to Boilerplate: Reflections on the Limits of the Infrastructures of the Market." Osgoode Hall L. J. 54, no. 2 (2017): 339-76.
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"Taking Notice Seriously: The Problem of Information Delivery and Consumer Contract Formation." Theoretical Inquiries L. 17, no. 2 (2016): 515-34.
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"Patent Notice and the Trouble with Plain Meaning." B. U. L. Rev. 96, no. 3 (2016): 1093-116.
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"Access to Justice and Abuses of Contract." Windsor Y.B. Access to Just. 33, no. 2 (2016): 177-96
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Professor

Activities

Named a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law, March 2015.​

​Named an adviser for the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law, Consumer Contracts Project, March 2015.

​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.