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Daniel D. Barnhizer

Daniel D. Barnhizer
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Professor of Law & The Bradford Stone Faculty Scholar
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 230E
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Professor Barnhizer graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. After graduation, he was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Richard L. Nygaard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, and for the Honorable Robert B. Krupansky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, sitting by designation on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Professor Barnhizer has practiced as a litigator with the law firms of Hogan & Hartson and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Before joining the MSU College of Law faculty, he was an adjunct professor of law at American University - Washington College of Law, where he taught legal reasoning, research, and writing. At MSU Law, he teaches Contracts, Contract Theory, Business Enterprises, Securities Litigation, and Legal History.

J.D. 1995, Harvard Law School; B.A. 1991, Miami University

  • American Legal History Seminar
    (Formerly DCL 552) This seminar will analyze the tension between the rights of the individual and the role of government in society as the central theme in the development of the American legal system. Rather than a strict chronological review, the course will consist of a series of studies of the development of legal and political institutions and their effect on the citizenry. Classes will be discussion-based and will rely on extensive reading of original sources. Students should gain an understanding of how the evolution of legal rules reflects institutional change, and should learn to see law as a dynamic process rather than a collection of static concepts. Fulfills ULWR
  • Business Enterprises
    (Formerly DCL 409) This course discusses issues relevant to the laws of agency, partnerships, sole proprietorships and closely held corporations.
  • Contracts I
    (Formerly DCL 101) (This course is being replaced by Contracts LAW 530B beginning fall 2011) A study of the basic law relating to the formation of a contract. With respect to the creation of a contract, capacity, mutual assent, consideration and compliance with formalities are discussed. Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code is integrated with common law contract principles throughout the course.
  • Contracts II
    (Formerly DCL 102) (This course is being replaced by Contracts LAW 530B beginning fall 2011)Continues the survey of many basic contract issues, including the avoidability of contracts; the Statute of Frauds requirement; the process of determining the total contract obligation of the parties; the determination of proper performance of contracts, contract breaches and related doctrines; and the available legal redress for contract breaches.

District of Columbia, Ohio (inactive)

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Law Review Articles

Inequality of Bargaining Power, 76 Colorado Law Review 139 (2005)

Givings Recapture: Funding Public Acquisition of Private Property Interests on the Coasts, 27 The Harvard Environmental Law Review 297 (2003)

Recent Developments: Joint and Several Liability and Contribution under CERCLA Sections 107(a)(4)(B) 113(f)(1), 18 The Harvard Environmental Law Review 563 (1994)

Other Publications and Writings

Amicus brief on behalf of Wirginia Winereis Association in Swedenburg v. Kelly, __ U.S. __ (with Adam Mossoff) (10 law professors joined in the brief, including Randy Barnett, Richard Epstein and Paul Finkelman) (2005)

Michigan Prohibition on Interstate Shipment of Wine is Unconstitutional Discrimination, (with Adam Mossoff), Detroit Free Press, December 6, 2004

Mentoring as Duty and Privilege, Michigan Bar Journal, January 2003, at 46

CISG as an Alternative System of Default Rules Governing the Sale of Goods, in Randy E. Barnett, Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (3d ed. 2003)

Works in Progress

Bargaining Power in Contract Theory, in DiMatteo, et. Al., Theories of Contract: A Pluralist Vision of Contractual Obligation

The Historical Development of Bargaining Power as a Legal Concept

Descartes and the Common Law: Visual Depictions of the Relation of Contract, Tort, Property and the Criminal Law (with Charles Ten Brink)

Civil Rights and Natural Rights: Resuscitating a Classical Approach to Political Theory (with Adam Mossoff)

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