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David Slawson

David Slawson

Torrey H. Webb Professor of Law, Emeritus

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

Last Updated: May 25, 2017




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.

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 Gould School of Law, 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 MA from Princeton, and earned an LLB, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was note editor of the Harvard Law Review.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Florida Times-Union
September 14, 2018
Re: Susan Estrich

Susan Estrich published a commentary on homelessness. "Now, we have a homelessness problem in America, and a major one in my city, Los Angeles. But let’s not kid ourselves," Estrich explained. "When walking on the boardwalk in Venice, which is a neighborhood in LA that faces a growing homelessness problem, I did not see a single family of hardworking parents in a tent with nowhere for their children to sleep."

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Jonathan Barnett
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"The Certification Paradox", The Cambridge Handbook of Technical Standardization Law, Vol. 2.

Michael Simkovic
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"Luck or Skill? Mutual Funds that Borrow," International Conference on Economic Modeling 2018, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy.

Thomas D. Lyon
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"The Productivity of Wh- Prompts in Child Forensic Interviews" (with Elizabeth C. Ahern, Samantha J. Andrews & Stacia N. Stolzenberg), Journal of Interpersonal Violence 33 (2018): 2007.