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David Slawson

Torrey H. Webb Professor of Law, EmeritusUSC Gould School of Law

David Slawson 699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

A highly respected scholar in the field of contract law who retired from USC Law in 2004, W. David Slawson is working on a new textbook and continues to write for law review publication. While at USC, he taught Administrative Law, Agency, Antitrust, Contracts and Insurance.

Professor Slawson joined the faculty in 1967. His 37 years of teaching law were interrupted only once, when he served a year as general counsel to the Price Commission in the 1971-72 Economic Stabilization Program. He was a co-founder of the contracts doctrine of reasonable expectations. His book, Binding Promises: The Late 20th Century Reformation of Contract Law, received laudatory reviews as a modern classic in the field.

Prior to joining USC Law, Professor Slawson was a partner at Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado, an assistant counsel to the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, and an attorney-advisor with the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel. He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College, received an M.A. from Princeton, and earned an LL.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was note editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014

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