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Curtis R. Reitz L'56

Algernon Sydney Biddle Professor, Emeritus

Curtis Reitz

Curtis Reitz has devoted most of his long teaching career to three general areas of United States law: contracts and commercial transactions; professional responsibility, and crimes; sentencing and post-conviction remedies. In recent years his interests have centered on international commercial law, particularly the law administered under the aegis the World Trade Organization. For more than 25 years, Reitz has been a member of the Uniform State Laws Conference, where he represents the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His work as a Commissioner, complementing his teaching interests, has included participation in the recent revision of the Uniform Commercial Code and helping to transform the mission of the Conference to include taking an active role in the development of international private law in fields of Conference interest. He is chair of the Conference's Committee on International Legal Developments. Reitz's main external interests have been the Glen Mills Schools, a leading institution that serves adjudicated young men from most of the United States and several foreign countries, and the International House of Philadelphia, an institution that serves as a residence and program center for college and university students from other countries. He also served on the Committee of Seventy, a civic watchdog agency in Philadelphia.

Expertise

  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Sentencing
  • International Trade
  • Professional Responsibility

Articles and Book Chapters

CASES AND MATERIALS ON INTERNATIONAL REGULATION OF TRADE AND INVESTMENT (2006).

THE LAW OF SALES AND SECURED FINANCING (with C. MOONEY & S. HARRIS, 7th ed., Foundation Press 2002).

SALES TRANSACTIONS: DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (Foundation Press 1992, 3d ed. 2006).
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CONSUMER PRODUCT WARRANTIES UNDER FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS, Philadelphia, American Law Institute-American Bar Association, 2d ed., 1987.
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CONSUMER PROTECTION UNDER THE MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY ACT. Philadelphia, American Law Institute-American Bar Association, 1978.
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CASES AND MATERIALS ON CONTRACTS AS BASIC COMMERCIAL LAW, West Publishing Co., 1975.
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MATERIALS ON THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (with ROBERT H. MUNDHEIM, EDMUND B. SPAETH, JR., & DOUGLAS FRENKEL) (Temporary editions 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992).

Construction Lenders' Liability to Contractors, Subcontractors, and Materialmen, chapter 9 of CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION (K. Cushman, Ed.), New York, NY, Practising Law Institute, 1981, 1992).

The Uniform Commercial Code and the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, in ABA, NEGOTIATING AND STRUCTURING INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS (1990, 1991).

Supply-Purchase Agreement, in ABA, JOINT VENTURING ABROAD: A CASE STUDY (1985).

More publications can be found here.

Research Areas

  • The Emerging Law of the World Trade Organization
  • International Private Law
  • International Regulation of Trade
  • Sentencing Law Reform

Positions

Penn Law - Center on Professionalism, Director (1994 -); Algernon Sydney Biddle Professor of Law (1985 -); Professor (1963 -); Associate Professor (1960-63); Assistant Professor (1957-60)

Penn - Provost and Vice President (1971-73)

Law Clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren, Supreme Court of the United States (1956-57)

Courses

  • Agency
  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial Law
  • Consumer Transactions
  • Contracts
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Payment Systems
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Sales and International Sales

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