McGeorge School of Law


15th Annual International Conference on Contracts
Feb. 21 and 22, 2020

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law is pleased to host the 15th Annual International Conference on Contracts (KCon XV), the largest annual scholarly and educational conference devoted to Contracts and related areas of commercial law. The two-day conference welcomes contracts scholars and teachers of all experience levels, as well as those preparing to enter the academy, and scholars whose primary teaching appointments are not in law schools.

The conference affords an opportunity to present and discuss ideas on a wide range of topics at every level of development, including recently-published articles, articles accepted for publication but not yet in print, works in progress, thought experiments, preliminary ideas, and pedagogical innovations. It also provides an opportunity to network with colleagues and potential collaborators or mentors from around the country and other parts of the world.

The Pacific Sacraamento Campus at dusk
KCon XV Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020 is bestowed on John Andrew Spanogle, Jr., William Wallace Kirkpatrick Research Professor Emeritus of Law at George Washington University School of Law. A graduate of Princeton University and University of Chicago Law School, Professor Spanogle has been a member of the GW Law Faculty since 1988, and he has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas, the University of Maine, SUNY at Buffalo, and Bond and Monash Universities in Australia.

John Andrew Spanogle, Jr.He has spent a lifetime working and writing in the commercial and consumer law field. A founding member of Ralph Nader’s Public Interest Research Group, he is co-author of the widely used casebook Consumer Law. In addition, Professor Spanogle is the co-author of International Business Transactions, the most widely-used casebook in its field, and a West Group hornbook on the same subject. He also drafted three Titles of Maine’s state statutes – the beloved trifecta of banking, commercial, and consumer law. From 1982 to 1989, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and was the chief of delegation to its Working Group on Payment Systems. Professor Spanogle’s research on the commercial law of other nations has resulted in books and articles on many subjects in the field, ranging from Egyptian agricultural law to Chinese commercial dispute resolution.

In 1991-92 he received a Fulbright Grant to be an adviser to the Polish Minister of Finance, which has led to his serving as a consultant to numerous international organizations on proposed commercial financing legislation, including the Polish Registered Pledge Act of 1996, a draft of a Commercial Code for Eritrea, and consumer laws for Trinidad and Tobago. From his early work on the Uniform Commercial Code, through his globe-spanning work on a wide range of commercial law issues, Professor Spanogle embodies the values and aspirations of the International Conference on Contracts.

Call for Papers and Abstracts

We cordially invite your submissions for the conference. Papers and works in progress are welcome from those who study contracts from any perspective and any approach. Presentations at past conferences have included studies from doctrinal, theoretical, empirical, historical, economic, critical, international, comparative, pedagogical and interdisciplinary perspectives. All are welcome once again. Junior scholars are particularly encouraged to participate, both as presenters and commentators.

Individual submissions on any topic in Contract law are welcome. In addition, anyone interested in proposing and organizing a panel of three to five presenters on a specific theme is strongly encouraged to do so.

Individual submissions and panel proposals should be made in the form of a brief abstract — a single page is sufficient. In the case of individual submissions, please provide a brief summary of the paper or work in progress and include contact information for the author. Individual submissions will be placed on panels with similar submissions. Panel proposals should include the name and contact information of the moderator or organizer and a summary of the proposed papers, works in progress, or presentations.

There is not yet any publication commitment for the conference, and organizers of individual panels are free to arrange for separate publication.

Papers, abstracts and proposals should be submitted using this form. A link to a public folder containing conference papers and related materials will be supplied closer to the beginning of the conference. Please also email a copy of your paper to:


The deadline to submit an abstract is Monday Dec. 9, 2019. Proposals submitted earlier will be accepted on a rolling basis. Proposals submitted after the deadline will be accepted as space remains available.

Conference Registration Fees1
  • Register by Dec. 15 or earlier — $275
  • Register on Dec. 16 or later — $295



Registration fees include
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 Welcome Dinner
  • Breakfast and Lunch, Friday and Saturday
  • Bus Transportation Friday and Saturday from hotel to campus and back
  • Dinner Friday Evening for Registrant (subject to additional charge for spouse/guest)
  • Morning and Afternoon Refreshments During Breaks

1 Payment of the registration fee is necessary for all attendees, including those who make presentations. Payment of the fee is necessary to cover conference expenses, including meals.

Downtown Sacramento reflected in the Sacramento River
Conference Hotel

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

The hotel is located at 12th and J Streets, in downtown Sacramento, just steps from the State Capitol and 3.6 miles from McGeorge’s Campus. See hotel website for general location information

Room Rate

$169 — Exclusive of state and local taxes (currently at 12%, plus 3% CA Tourism Assessment and 3% Sacramento Tourism Fee) per occupancy night.

Room Availability

The Sheraton Grand is holding a block of rooms for the nights of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Since a welcome dinner is planned for Thursday evening, Feb. 20; a full day of panels is planned for both Friday and Saturday; and an optional Napa Valley lunch and wine tasting is planned for Sunday, Feb. 23; participants are encouraged to arrive on February 20th, Participants who wish to stay over Sunday night after the Napa event are particularly encouraged to book early, as the room block for Sunday night is smaller.

Cut-Off Date

The hotel cut-off date is: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Reservation requests received after 5 p.m. PST on the cut-off date will be accepted, based on room availability, at the Hotel’s prevailing rates.


Cancellation fees will apply to cancellations within 72 hours of arrival date and for check-out prior to scheduled departure date.

  • By Phone: 1.916.447.1700. Use the group name: “UOP McGeorge” – Ref. #M-I8TXR2B
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Although shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the conference and hotel, should you wish to drive to Sacramento, the hotel’s self-parking rates are currently $25 per day.


McGeorge School of Law will provide shuttle transportation between the Sheraton Grand and the Law School in the morning before the conference schedule begins and in the late afternoon after the conference schedule concludes on Feb. 21 and 22. Attendees who prefer to stay elsewhere are responsible for their own transportation, as are attendees who wish to travel at other times of the day.


The conference program will begin at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Continental breakfast and conversational opportunities will start earlier. For those arriving on Thursday evening, a welcome dinner is planned. The conference will continue until late afternoon both days. A Napa Valley luncheon and wine tasting is being planned as an optional excursion on Sunday, Feb. 23 (subject to weather and/or further possible changes.)


If you have any questions, please contact: Audrey Uber, Assistant to the Dean 916.739.7151