Bob Stein Publishes New Law Review Article, “Strengthening Federalism: The Uniform Law Movement in the United States”

Our colleague, Bob Stein, has published a law review article, Strengthening Federalism: The Uniform Law Movement in the United States. [1]

Most ULC Commissioners are familiar with Bob’s excellent history of the Uniform Law Commission, Forming A More Perfect Union: A History of The Uniform Law Commission (2013). Bob Stein, a former Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, who also served as the longtime Executive Director of the American Bar Association and a former President of the Uniform Law Commission, is the Everett Fraser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Like most good history, Bob’s new article and his book explores a thesis: that the work of the ULC has played a critically important role in preserving American federalism. Bob’s work suggests that state law, particularly state statutory law, would not be a vital force in American jurisprudence today but for the work of the ULC.

The article is an excellent short treatment of the truly comprehensive book.

The article is divide neatly into three parts. First, Bob gives a brief history of the ULC, beginning by noting that the Constitutional Convention was called for by the Annapolis Conference of 1786 held to consider a system of uniform commercial statutes.[2] He describes the founding the ULC through the efforts of the States of Tennessee, Alabama and New York and the role of the American Bar Association as the conveyor of the initial Conference on Uniform State Laws at Saratoga Springs, New York in 1892.

Second, Bob describes the efforts of the ULC in three important state law subjects: business entity law and the ULC’s agreement to leave the Model Business Corporation law to the efforts of the American Bar Association; and its successful efforts to codify and modernize commercial law and estate and trust law.

Finally, Bob looks to the future, describing the ULC’s emerging involvement in harmonizing state law with international law, where appropriate.

Kudos to Bob for his latest scholarly effort, one which promotes the work of the ULC.

Rich

[1] R. Stein, Strengthening Federalism: The Uniform Law Movement in the United States, 99 Minn. L. Rev. 2253 (2105).

[2] Id. at 2254.

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Bob Stein Publishes New Law Review Article, “Strengthening Federalism: The Uniform Law Movement in the United States”

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