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Ben H. & Kitty King Powell Chair in Business and Commercial Law
Co-Director – Center for Law, Business, and Economics
JD 1985, University of Texas at Austin
BA 1982, Rice

Ronald Mann is a nationally recognized scholar and teacher in the fields of commercial law and electronic commerce. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where he graduated first in his class and was the managing editor of the Texas Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Joseph T. Sneed on the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court. After three years in private practice, he worked for the Justice Department as an Assistant for the Solicitor General of the United States. He joined the faculty in January 2003 after six years at the University of Michigan Law School, where he was the Roy F. & Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law. Prior to that, he taught at Washington University in St. Louis. In the fall of 2000, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies at the Bank of Japan. In the spring of 2005, he was the Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Mann founded the Texas Center for Law, Business and Economics, where he currently serves as co-director. He also is a member of the American Law Institute and recently served as the reporter for the amendments to Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code.

Mann’s book on the global credit card industry (Charging Ahead: The Growth and Regulation of Payment Card Markets Around the World) recently was published by Cambridge University Press. He also has published two widely used commercial law casebooks: Commercial Transactions: A Systems Approach (with Lynn LoPucki, Elizabeth Warren & Daniel Keating, 2nd ed. 2003); and Payment Systems and Other Financial Transactions: Cases, Materials, and Problems (2nd ed. 2003). He also co-authored the first American legal casebook in electronic commerce: Electronic Commerce (with Jane Winn, 2nd ed. 2005). He has delivered numerous papers and published extensively in leading law journals. Representative publications include: Making Sense of Payments Policy in the Information Age, 93 Geo. L.J. 633 (2005); Regulating Internet Payment Intermediaries, 82 TEXAS L. REV. 681 (2004); Explaining the Pattern of Secured Credit, 110 HARV. L. REV. 625 (1997); Credit Cards and Debit Cards in the United States and Japan, 55 VAND. L. REV. 1055 (2002); Secured Credit and Software Financing, 85 CORNELL L. REV. 134 (1999); The Role of Letters of Credit in Payment Transactions, 99 MICH. L. REV. 2494 (2000); Strategy and Force in the Liquidation of Secured Debt, 96 MICH. L. REV. 159 (1997).