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Francis J. Mootz III

Francis J. Mootz III

Professor of Law
J.D., Duke University School of Law
A.M., Philosophy, Duke University Graduate School
B.A., History, University of Notre Dame


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Dean Francis J. Mootz III joined McGeorge on June 1, 2012 as the school's ninth dean. Dean Mootz served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and Professor of Law, at William S. Boyd School of Law since 2008. He previously taught for 18 years at UNLV, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, William and Mary Law School and Western New England University School of Law.  

Dean Mootz has written in traditional doctrinal areas such as insurance, contract and sales law, and he also has undertaken an ambitious agenda of interdisciplinary scholarship exploring relationships between law and contemporary European philosophy. Dean Mootz taught courses at UNLV in the subjects of contracts, sales, insurance law, payment systems, and jurisprudence. His scholarly focus is the philosophy of interpretation and rhetorical philosophy and their relationship to legal education and practice.

Dean Mootz has been a regular presenter at academic symposia focusing on issues of legal theory. He has given talks in Europe, Africa, and South America.  He has taught a summer course in Como, Italy since 2008, delivered lectures in Sardinia, Italy during December 2008 as part of a "Jean Monnet course" funded by the European Union, and during December 2011 taught several courses at Cagliari University. He is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the interdisciplinary journal, Law, Culture and the Humanities, was a Member of the Board of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws from 2006 until 2012, and was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2012.

Courses: Legislation and Regulation

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