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Franklin G. Snyder

Professor of Law
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Courses: Business Associations, Contracts, Corporate Governance Seminar, and International Business Transactions

Professor Frank Snyder joined the faculty in 2000, after teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia and at the University of Idaho. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of state control and private ordering, which he has explored in his writings on contract law, corporate governance, and voluntary associations.

Professor Snyder is nationally known for his work in contract law. He is the creator and editor-in-chief of the official web log of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Contracts. The blog, ContractsProf, has regularly been ranked as one of the top law professor web sites in the U.S. He is also the webmaster and editor of the Contract Section’s web site, which provides teaching resources for contract law professors in the U.S. and around the world. In 2003 he founded the International Conference on Contracts, the largest annual international scholarly conference devoted to contract law and practice, and he still serves as the lead organizer. The proceedings of the first conference, held at Gloucester, England, in 2003, were published in the Texas Wesleyan Law Review and won the Texas Bar Association’s award as Outstanding Law Review Article in 2004. He is a past winner of the Texas Wesleyan Alumni Association’s Shirley Zabel Award as Outstanding Professor of the Year. In 2005-06 he was Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.

Before going into teaching, Professor Snyder was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Latham & Watkins, a major international law firm, where he represented high-technology clients in a range of litigation and transactional matters. He was a law clerk to Judge George E. MacKinnon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Professor Snyder is a member of the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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.

Selected Publications

“Clouds of Mystery: Dispelling the Realist Rhetoric of the Uniform Commercial Code,” 68 Ohio State Law Journal 11 (2007). [SSRN]

“Late Night Thoughts on Blogging While Reading Duncan Kennedy's Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy in an Arkansas Motel Room,” 11 Nexus 111 (2006). [SSRN]

“Relational Contracting in the Digital Age,” 11 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 675 (2005). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

“Sharing Sovereignty: Voluntary Associations and the Limits of State Power,” 54 American University Law Review 101 (2004).  [SSRN]

“More Pieces of the CEO Compensation Puzzle,” 28 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 129 (2003).  [SSRN]

“The Pernicious Effect of Employment Relationships on the Law of Contracts,” 10 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 33 (2003). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]

“Nomos, Narrative and Adjudication: Toward a Jurisgenetic Theory of Law,” 40 William and Mary Law Review 1623 (1999). [Hein] [LexisNexis] [Westlaw]