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Torrey H. Webb Professor of Law, Emeritus699 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.
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Jody Armour was interviewed about the lack of change in the LAPD thirty years after the savage assault on Rodney King. "So many activists are calling for defunding the police because the changes that have occurred in cosmetics have not made real changes in how many Angelenos and marginalized communities are experiencing policing," he said.
Thomas D. Lyon
“Understanding expert testimony on child sexual abuse denial after New Jersey v. J.L.G.: Ground truth, disclosure suspicion bias, and disclosure substantiation bias,” (with Shanna Williams & Stacia N. Stolzenberg) Behavioral Sciences & the Law 38 (2020).
“Choice of Law and the Art World” (with Anja Shortland), The Global Law Market (conference), CEGLA Center, Tel Aviv University.
“Art Theft and the Art Loss Register: Law, Norms & Institutions” (with Anja Shortland), Departmental Seminar, Economics Subject Group, Management School, Queens University Belfast.