Legal Oral History Project
Curtis R. Reitz
Professor Curtis R. Reitz is a 1956 graduate of Penn Law School. He also attended Penn as an undergraduate and graduated in 1951. In between college and law school, Professor Reitz served for two years in the Korean War. At Penn Law, Professor Reitz was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He cites some of his most influential professors as Leo Levin, John Honnold and Lou Schwartz. Upon graduating Penn Law, Professor Reitz began a clerkship for Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court where he worked on several post-McCarthy era cases involving Communism. Following his clerkship, Professor Reitz returned to Penn as a professor to teach Civil Procedure and Sales. He also became involved in university administration becoming Provost and Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania and eventually serving as Counselor to the President, a part time position dedicated to maintaining a good relationship between the University and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. One of the most significant aspects of Professor Reitz’s career has been his involvement with the Uniform Commercial Code. He has worked on various drafting sessions and has been involved in changing the drafting process to get the public more involved. In addition, as a Commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, he has served on numerous drafting committees and has met a lot of talented and interesting people who, over the years, have become like family members. Among things Professor Reitz hopes to accomplish in the future are updating a commercial law case book and getting materials on international trade regulation into publishable form.