James J. White

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

James Justesen White (born 1934)[1] is the Robert A. Sullivan Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He has published the most widely recognized treatise on commercial law, Uniform Commercial Code with Robert S. Summers.[2] White is married to Nancy White and currently resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

White graduated in 1956 from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and in 1962 from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif. During law school, White was an editor of the Michigan Law Review. White was admitted to the California Bar in 1963, which he resigned from in 1974, and he was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1967.[3]

Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan Law School in 1964, Professor White practiced law as an attorney with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. From 1978 until 1981, White served as the Associate Dean of the University of Michigan Law School. White has published nearly 20 books on contract and bankruptcy law, and he has published nearly 70 academic articles in numerous legal journals, including the Michigan Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, and the Cardozo Law Review.[4] White received the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2001-2002 and the Homer Kripke Achievement Award, given by the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. Professor White took a three-year hiatus from the University of Michigan Law School in 2012; however, he returned in 2015.[5] White has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Cornell Law School, University of South Carolina School of Law, Tel-Aviv University Law School, University of Toledo College of Law, and Wayne State University Law School.[6]

White is a Reporter and member of the Drafting Committee for Implementation of the UN Convention on Independent Guarantees and Stand-by Letters of Credit. [2] He is a Member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code. [2] He was also a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. [2]


  1. ^ Curriculum Vitae at getCITED.org
  2. ^ a b c d University of Michigan Law School Faculty & Staff
  3. ^ "Resume" (PDF). U.S. Courts Bios. 
  4. ^ "Resume" (PDF). U.S. Courts Bios. 
  5. ^ Vloet, Katie. "White, Out". University of Michigan Law School. 
  6. ^ "Resume" (PDF). U.S. Courts Bios.