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 Curtis W. Nyquist

Curtis W. Nyquist

Professor of Law


(617) 422 7255

B.A. North Park College
J.D. Harvard Law School
A member of the New England Law faculty since 1980, Professor Nyquist teaches Contracts, UCC: Negotiable Instruments, Readings in Contract Law, and UCC: Secured Transactions, areas in which he also focuses his research and writing. After practicing for several years, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Warwick School of Law in Coventry, England, where he was subsequently a visiting fellow. He was also a visiting professor at Gonzaga University School of Law. He is the author of several articles, including one voted the Houston Law Review’s 1993 Article of the Year by its editorial board and two published in the Journal of Legal Education. He served for three years as executive director of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education.

 Selected Publications

Single Case Research and the History of American Legal Thought, 45 New Eng. L. Rev. 589 (2011) (A revised and updated version of an article published in Massachusetts Legal History, a journal of the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society.)

Llewellyn's Code as a Reflection of Legal Consciousness, 40 New Eng. L. Rev. 419 (2006)

A Force Field Approach to Policy, 13 The Law Teacher 12 (2005)

A Method for Teaching Common Law Argument, 10 The Law Teacher 8 (2002)

Teaching Wesley Hohfeld's Theory of Legal Relations, 52 J. Legal Educ. 238 (2002)

Integrating Theory in Large, Upper-Level Courses, 8 The Law Teacher 1 (2000)

Using Students as Discussion Leaders on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues in First-Year Courses, 49 J. Legal Educ. 535 (1999) with Patrick Ruiz and Frank Smith

Contract Theory, Single Case Research, and the Massachusetts Archives, 3 Massachusetts Legal History: A Journal of the Supreme Judicial Historical Society 53 (1997)

A Spectrum Theory of Negotiability, 78 Marq. L. Rev. 897 (1995)

A Contract Tale From the Crypt, 30 Hous. L. Rev. 1205 (1993) (Voted article of the year by the editorial board.)

By My Watch Which Was a Correct Time Piece: Gray v. Gardner and the Arrival of the Ship Lady Adams, in The Log of Mystic Seaport (Spring 1992) Awarded 1992 Gerald E. Morris Prize for maritime research. —Excerpts included in Cases and Comment on Contract, Dawson, Harvey, & Henderson, 7th edition.

Contributor to 1992 annual review of commercial paper in The Business Lawyer.

Commercial Paper, Bank Deposits and Collections, and Other Payment Systems, 44 Bus. Law. 1515 (1989) co-author

Professor Nyquist can comment on the following subjects:

  • Consumer Protection
  • Contracts
  • Legal Education, Teaching Gender Issues
  • Legal Education, Teaching Methods
  • Payment Systems and Negotiable Instruments (Uniform Commercial Code)