McGeorge School of Law

Francis J. Mootz III

Professor of Law
Francis J. Mootz III
Phone: 916.739.7385
Website: SSRN

JD, Duke University School of Law
AM, Philosophy, Duke University Graduate School
BA, History, University of Notre Dame


Francis J. Mootz III joined the McGeorge School of Law on June 1, 2012 as the school's ninth dean. After his five-year term as dean, he joined the faculty as Professor of Law. Previously, Professor Mootz served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has also taught at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, William and Mary Law School and Western New England University School of Law. Professor Mootz is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Duke University Graduate School, and Duke University School of Law.

Professor Mootz teaches and writes in traditional doctrinal areas such as contract, sale, insurance and employment law. He is dedicated to using modern teaching tools, and is the co-author of a Sales casebook and a forthcoming Employment Law casebook. Professor Mootz has edited three volumes of the 14-volume Appleman Library Edition insurance law treatise, and he has served as an expert consultant regarding insurance coverage issues. Most recently, he has written and spoken about the emerging adult-use cannabis industry in California, discussing insurance coverage issues and questions of professional responsibility for attorneys advising cannabis clients. He has served as 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.

Professor Mootz has undertaken an ambitious agenda of interdisciplinary scholarship exploring relationships between law and contemporary European philosophy. His primary focus is on the hermeneutical and rhetorical traditions. He is the author of Rhetorical Knowledge in Legal Practice and Critical Legal Theory (2006) and has edited and contributed to a number of volumes relating to jurisprudential topics. He has been a regular presenter at academic symposia in Europe, Africa, and South America.


Statutes and Regulations
Employment Law
Insurance Law

Scholarship/Professional Activities


Francis J. Mootz III, ed., Gadamer and Ricoeur: Critical Horizons for Contemporary Hermeneutics (Part of the series Studies in Continental Philosophy) (Edited with George H. Taylor; Continuum Publishing, 2011).

Francis J. Mootz III, Law, Hermeneutics and Rhetoric, London: Ashgate Publishing (2010).

Francis J. Mootz III, ed., 3 Appleman on Insurance: Liability Principles and CGL Insurance (LexisNexis, 2010) (Editor of Volume 3 of the14-volume Library Edition that updates and replaces the leading 68-volume treatise on insurance law).

Francis J. Mootz III, ed., 1 Appleman on Insurance: Key Insurance Law and Practice Topics (LexisNexis, 2009) (Editor of Volume 1 of the14-volume Library Edition that updates and replaces the leading 68-volume treatise on insurance law).

Francis J. Mootz III, ed., On Philosophy in American Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2009).

Francis J. Mootz III, Commercial Contracting: An Integration of Sales, Leases and Computer Information Transactions Law, with P. Alces & D. Frisch, Dayton, OH: Lexis Publishing (2d ed. 2008).

Francis J. Mootz III, ed., Nietzsche and Law, with P. Goodrich, London: Ashgate Publishing (2008).

Francis J. Mootz III, ed., Gadamer and Law, London: Ashgate Publishing (2007).

Francis J. Mootz III, Rhetorical Knowledge in Legal Practice and Critical Legal Theory, Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2006. (Part of the series Rhetoric, Culture and Social Critique).

Book Contributions

Francis J. Mootz III, In Search of the Reasonable Woman: Anti-Discrimination Rhetoric in the United States, in Anti-Discrimination Discourse and Practices, Silvia Niccolai, ed., 2011.

Francis J. Mootz III, Interpretation, Law and the Humanities: An Introduction, Austin Sarat, Matt Anderson, Cathrine O. Frank eds., pp. 339-376 (Cambridge U. Press, 2010).

Francis J. Mootz III, The Irrelevance of Contemporary Academic Philosophy for Law: Recovering the Rhetorical Tradition, in On Philosophy in American Law, Francis J. Mootz III, ed. (Cambridge U. Press, 2009).

Francis J. Mootz III, Insurance Coverage of Discrimination Claims, in Merrick T. Rossein, Employment Discrimination: Law and Litigation, (Thompson West, 1997/2005).


Legal Theory

Francis J. Mootz III, & Leticia M. Saucedo, The “Ethical” Surplus of the War on Illegal Immigration, 15 J. Gender Race & Just. ___ (forthcoming 2012).

Francis J. Mootz III, The Hermeneutical and Rhetorical Nature of Law, __ Journal of Catholic Social Thought (forthcoming 2011).

Video presentation: Villanova University School of Law, October 22, 2010.

Ugly American Hermeneutics, 10 Nev. L.J. 587 (2010).

Francis J. Mootz III, Perelman's Theory of Argumentation and Natural Law, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-16 (2009).

Video presentation: University of Oregon, May 19, 2008.

Francis J. Mootz III, Vico, Llewellyn and the Task of Legal Education, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-15 (2009).

Francis J. Mootz III, Faithful Hermeneutics, 209 Mich. St. L. Rev. 361 (2009).

Francis J. Mootz III, Faith and Politics in the Post-Secular Age: The Promise of President Obama, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-05 (2009).

Francis J. Mootz III, Vico and Imagination: An Ingenious Approach to Educating Lawyers with Semiotic Sensibility, 22 (1) Int'l. J. for the Semiotics of Law -- Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 11 (2009).

Francis J. Mootz III, Vico's 'Ingenious Method' and Legal Education, 83 Chi-Kent L. Rev. 1261 (2008).

Francis J. Mootz III, Perelman in Legal Education: Recalling the Rhetorical Tradition of Isocrates and Vico (2008).

Francis J. Mootz III, After Natural Law: A Hermeneutical Response to Law's Quandary, 9 Rutgers J. of Law and Religion 1 (2008).

Francis J. Mootz III, After the Battle of the Forms: Commercial Contracting in the Electronic Age, 4 I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy 271 (2008).

Francis J. Mootz III, Responding to Nietzsche: The Constructive Power of Destruktion, 3 Law, Culture and the Human. 127 (2007).

Francis J. Mootz III, Belief and Interpretation: Meditations on Pelikan's 'Interpreting the Bible and the Constitution, 21 J. L & Religion 385 (2006).

Francis J. Mootz III, Ricoeur's Critical Hermeneutics and the Psychotherapeutic Model of Critical Theory, (2006).

Insurance Coverage Law

Francis J. Mootz III, Holding Liability Insurers Accountable for Bad Faith Litigation Tactics with the Tort of Abuse of Process, 9 Conn. Ins. L.J. 467-525 (2003) (reprinted in the Institute of Chartered Financial Analyst of India (ICFAI) Journal of Insurance Law, 2004).

Contract and Sales Law

Francis J. Mootz III, After the Battle of the Forms: Commercial Contracting in the Electronic Age, 4 I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy 271 (2008).

Commentaries, essays, and reviews

Francis J. Mootz III, Galin Tihanov (ed.): Gustav Shpet’s Contribution to Philosophy and Cultural Theory, 22 Int'l J. Semiotics L. 153 (2012) (book review).

Francis J. Mootz III, Book Review Symposium: Introduction, 110 Penn State L. Rev. 903-04 (2006).

Francis J. Mootz III, Argument, Political Friendship and Rhetorical Knowledge: A Review of Garver's For the Sake of Argument, 110 Penn State L. Rev. 905 (2006).