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Professor Ferriell Publishes 5th Edition of Contracts Law Textbook

3/1/2023  - 

The 5th edition of Professor Jeff Ferriell’s law school hornbook, Understanding Contracts was published last month. Updated approximately every five years, Understanding Contracts is designed primarily for first-year law students enrolled in a traditional course in Contract Law. The text relies on established common law principles as reflected in case law and the Restatement (Second) of Contracts, together with explanations or relevant provisions of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, which governs domestic contracts for the sale of goods. This edition also covers the American Law Institute's recently approved Restatement of the Law of Consumer Contracts. It also contains limited coverage of the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG), UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts (PICC), and Principles of European Contract Law (PECL). Current Capital Law Students Dr. Mackenzie Leadston and Kelly Wahlers, together with 2022 graduate Emily Smith, helped by researching cases and proofreading its 850 pages of text.
Professor Ferriell, who is the Geraldine W. Howell Professor of Law, has been on the Capital University Law School faculty since 1987. He is also the co-author, with Professor Ted Janger of Brooklyn Law School, of Understanding Bankruptcy (4th ed. 2019), which is slated to be updated in 2025. He teaches Contracts, Integrated Core Competencies, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, Payment Systems, and Professional Responsibility. He has also taught at the law schools of Ohio Northern, The Ohio State University, Seattle University, the University of San Diego, the University of Illinois, and Santa Clara University. He completed his B.S. at Ohio State in 1975, his J.D., summa cum laude, at Santa Clara, in 1978, and his LL.M., at Illinois, in 1983. This is his 45th year as a law professor. In addition to his work at Capital, Professor Ferriell serves as a member of Ohio’s delegation to the Uniform Law Commission, also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, and as a member of the Columbus, Ohio, German Village Architectural Review Commission.