Michael A. Schmitt
Professor of Law Emeritus
A.B., Theology and Psychology, 1969, Loyola University, Chicago; M.A., Religious Studies, 1972, Hartford Seminary Foundation; J.D., 1973, Yale University; Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, 1978 and 1980, University of Cologne; Member, Arizona, California, Connecticut, and Hawaii State Bars
Michael Schmitt enjoys the challenge of making "complex legal concepts understandable, and even enjoyable, to aspiring lawyers." The author of articles and other media on the Uniform Commercial Code and corporate social responsibility, he has focused on commercial and corporate law.
His interest in these areas of law dates back to his own law school days when he served on the Yale Review of Law and Social Action board of editors, the Yale Legislative Services Project on Corporate Responsibility in the Urban Setting, and the Thomas Swan Barristers' Union.
Upon completion of his legal studies, Professor Schmitt joined the law faculty of Valparaiso University School of Law and later served as an associate professor at Western New England College School of Law. He was appointed to the Southwestern faculty in 1976. Since that time, he also served as a visiting professor of law at the Widener University School of Law and the University of Kansas School of Law. He became Professor Emeritus at Southwestern in 2008.
Books and Chapters
A GUIDE TO AND COMMENTARY ON ARTICLE 4A-FUNDS TRANSFERS (Lexicon Publishing, 1991)
California Variations to the Uniform Commercial Code in UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE (Gould Publications, 1983)
How Long is Six Months in California? Inquiring Minds Want to Know, 19 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 205 (1990)
A Meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility – The Jury Is In, 8 DELAWARE JOURNAL OF CORPORATE LAW 211 (1983)
The Perfect Tender Rule – 'An Acceptable' Interpretation, 13 UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO LAW REVIEW 1375 (1982) (with D. Frisch)
The Seller's Right to Cure Non-Conforming Tenders - If at First You Don't Succeed, Try to Try Again, 87 COMMERCIAL LAW JOURNAL 283 (1982)
Some Bad News and Some Good News From Articles Three and Four, 43 OHIO STATE LAW JOURNAL 611 (1982) (with F. Leary)
Beyond Products Liability: The Legal, Social and Ethical Problems Facing the Automobile Industry in Producing Safe Products, 56 UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT JOURNAL OF URBAN LAW 1021 (1979) (with W. May)
The Poker Player's Guide to Uniform Commercial Code Secured Transactions, 10 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 2089 (1978); reprinted in 84 COMMERCIAL LAW JOURNAL 142 (1979) (with D. Johnson)
Book Review, THE LAW OF SECURED TRANSACTIONS UNDER THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE, 12 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 489 (B. Clark, author; 1980-81)