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Ronald J. Mann

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J.D., The University of Texas School of Law. Austin, TX., Texas Law Review, Managing Editor, 1985
B.A., Rice University. Houston, TX. History, 1982.

Law clerk to Judge Joseph T. Sneed, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1985-1986). Law clerk to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States (1986-1987) . Practiced real estate and transactional law in Houston, Texas (1987-1991). Worked for the Justice Department as an Assistant for the Solicitor General of the United States, (1991-1994) .

Joined the University of Texas faculty in 2003. Assistant professor of law (1997-1999), and professor of law (1999-2003), at the University of Michigan. Assistant professor of law (1994-1997), and professor of law (1997), at Washington University. Visiting professor of law at Harvard in 2005. Joined the Columbia Law School faculty on July 1, 2007.

Member of the American Law Institute. Recently served as the reporter for the amendments to Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code.


  • Charging Ahead (Cambridge Univ. Press 2006)


  • Making Sense of Payments Policy in the Information Age, 93 Geo. L.J. 633 (2005)
  • Do Patents Facilitate Financing in the Software Industry?, 83 Texas L. Rev. 961 (2005)
  • An Empirical Investigation of Liquidation Choices of Failed High-Tech Firms, 82 Wash. U.L.Q. 1375 (2004)
  • Regulating Internet Payment Intermediaries, 82 Texas L. Rev. 681 (2004)
  • Credit Cards and Debit Cards in the United States and Japan , 55 Vand. L. Rev. 1055 (2002)
  • The Role of Letters of Credit in Payment Transactions,99 Mich. L. Rev. 2494 (2000)
  • Secured Credit and Software Financing, 85 Cornell L. Rev. 134 (1999)
  • Strategy and Force in the Liquidation of Secured Debt, 96 Mich. L. Rev. 159 (1997)