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Franklin G. Snyder
Professor of Law
Texas A&M University School of Law
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Phone: (817) 212-3921  Fax: (817) 212-3965
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Professor Snyder has taught contracts, business associations, and sales law at Texas Wesleyan since 2000.  He is a a former partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Latham & Watkins, where he represented high-technology clients in a range of litigation and transactional matters, and served on the firm’s Operations and Administration Committee. Before entering practice he was a law clerk to Judge George E. MacKinnon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He has previously taught as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Idaho College of Law, as a Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University School of Law, and as a visiting lecturer at Temple's summer program at Tel Aviv University.  He is a member of the bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Federal Circuits, and the District Court for the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American and the Tarrant County Bar Associations.

Among his professional activities, Professor Snyder is Editor-in-Chief of the AALS Contracts Newsletter, and an ex officio member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Contracts of the Association of American Law Schools.  As of fall, 2004, he is also the Section webmaster and is Editor-in-Chief of ContractProf Blog, a web site that provides news and teaching resources for contracts teachers around the world.  He was the International Organizing Chair of "The Common Law of Contracts as a World Force in Two Ages of Revolution," a Conference in Gloucester, England, marking the 150th anniversary of Hadley v. Baxendale, held in June 2004; he is Co-Chair of the upcoming conference "The Power of Stories: Intersections of Law, Culture & Literature," which will be held in England in July 2005.  He is a co-founder and member of the supervisory committee for the International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution, which annually brings together law students from 30 countries.

Professor Snyder received an LL.M. in Legal Education from Temple University School of Law in 1998, and a J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1983, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Missouri Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.  He earned a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton in 1977.  Prior to law school, he worked for several years as a radio reporter, sportscaster, and talk show host.

Contracts I & II, Sales & Leases, Business Associations, Corporate Governance Seminar

Research Areas
Private Ordering; contract law and theory; jurisprudence; corporate governance

Representative Publications
"Theory and Practice:  The Long, Strange Journey of Hadley v. Baxendale"
              11 Texas Wesleyan Law Review no. 2 (forthcoming 2005) (Symposium)
"Relational Contracting in a Digital Age" (with Ian R. Macneil, et al.)
              11 Texas Wesleyan Law Review no. 2 (forthcoming 2005) (panel discussion)

"Sharing Sovereignty:  Voluntary Associations and the Limits of State Power"
              54 American University Law Review no. 2 (forthcoming 2004)
"More Pieces of the CEO Compensation Puzzle"
27 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 129 (2003)
"The Pernicious Effect of Employment Relationships on the Law of Contracts"
10 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 33 (2003)
"The First International Competition for Online Dispute Resolution: Is this Big, Different, and New?,"
19 Journal of International Arbitration 379 (2002) (with B. Davis and others)
"Nomos, Narrative and Adjudication: Toward a Jurisgenetic Theory of Law,"
40 William and Mary Law Review 1623 (1999)
"Subcontractor Cost or Pricing Data,"
7 Briefing Papers 67 (Federal Publications 1987) (with Thomas L. Patten)

Personal Interests
Old-time banjo, electric bass, cooking by the swimming pool