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Charles L. Knapp

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Photo - Charles L. Knapp Charles L. Knapp is the Joseph W. Cotchett Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. He joined the Hastings Faculty in 1998, coming to San Francisco from New York University School of Law, where he was the first Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law, a title which he continues to hold as emeritus. Professor Knapp joined the N.Y.U. Law School faculty in 1964, and served as its Associate Dean from 1977-1982. He has also taught at the University of Arizona School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Harvard Law School, and the University of Copenhagen. He holds a B.A. degree from Denison University, a J.D. from N.Y.U., and studied at the University of Sydney on a Rotary International Fellowship. Before embarking on his teaching career at N.Y.U., he was an associate attorney with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, in New York City. In addition to his work on Problems in Contract Law and his published articles on contract law and other topics, Professor Knapp was the original editor-in-chief of Commercial Damages (Matthew Bender 1986) and of its companion publication, Commercial Damages Reporter. His recent articles include "Taking Contracts Private: The Quiet Revolution in Contract Law," 71 Fordham L. Rev. 761 (2002), and "Opting Out or Copping Out? An Argument for Strict Scrutiny of Individual Contracts," 40 Loyola L.A. L. Rev. 95 (2006).


Nathan M. Crystal

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Adjunct Professor of Professional Responsibility
NYU School of Law
Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
University of South Carolina School of Law

Nathan Crystal taught for 32 years at the University of South Carolina School of Law until 2008, when he was named the Distinguished Class of 1969 Professor of Professional Responsibility and Contract Law Emeritus.   He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), Emory Law School (where he was editor-in-chief of the law review), and Harvard Law School.  Professor Crystal is now the managing partner of the Crystal Law Firm, with offices in Charleston, SC; New York; Savannah, GA; and Washington DC.  See  The firm focuses its practice on professional responsibility and international law.  Professor Crystal continues to teach as an adjunct professor of professional responsibility at NYU and to write.  For his scholarship see his website at:


Harry G. Prince

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Photo - Harry G. Prince Harry G. Prince is a member of the faculty at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco where he has taught since 1985.  He currently serves as the Associate Academic Dean, a position he also held from 1991 to 1993.  His primary teaching areas are Contract Law and the Uniform Commercial Code.  He has also taught courses in Public International Law and Race and the Law.  Professor Prince has been active in the legal education community.  He served as Deputy Director of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) from January 1999 to August 2001, and he was chair of the AALS Membership Review Committee from 1996 to 1997.  As a member of the National Conference of Bar Examiners Drafting Committee for Contracts from 1996 to 2002, he helped write contract law questions for the Multistate Bar Examination.  Professor Prince currently is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on Accreditation and regularly serves on ABA site evaluation teams as part of the accreditation process.  He is a member of the American Law Institute. In addition to teaching at Hastings, Professor Prince has also taught at George Washington University, the University of Illinois, the University of California at Berkeley, and Golden Gate University.  Professor Prince graduated from Temple University in 1977 and received his J.D. from New York University in 1980.  He served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Lee R. West before beginning practice as an attorney with the U.S. State Department Office of the Legal Adviser.