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WSU Law Professor Publishes Fourth Edition of Book

September 13, 2007

Law of Letter and Credit

DETROIT (Sept. 13, 2007) – John F. Dolan, Wayne State University Distinguished Professor of Law, recently published the fourth edition of his acclaimed book, “The Law of Letters of Credit: Commercial and Standby Credits.”

The book continues to receive words of praise from scholars and legal experts around the world. Some recent reviews include the following:

“Professor Dolan’s treatise on the law of letters of credit is the most comprehensive work and one of the best authorities in the field in the world. It can serve as the “library’ on the topic. With it on desk, readers almost do not have to go anywhere else for reference… Therefore, this treatise should be a necessity for anybody working in the field of letters of credit.”

- Dr. Xiang Gao, China University of Political Science & Law, Beijing, China

“Scholarly yet practical; thoroughly researched and containing in-depth analysis; of immense assistance both on the level of principle and detail, theory and practice.”

- Professor Benjamin Geva, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

At Wayne State University Law School, Dolan teaches courses in commercial systems, property law, real estate financing, secured transactions and commercial law. In addition to teaching at Wayne State, he has been a visiting professor of law at the University of Michigan, the University of California (Hastings College of the Law), twice at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, at Ave Maria School of Law, and at the University of Maastricht. He was also a visiting scholar at University College Dublin.

From 1988 to 1991, Professor Dolan chaired the American Bar Association Letter of Credit Subcommittee and was a full member initially and, later, an ex officio member of the Task Force that studied letters of credit for the ABA from 1987 to 1989. He was an ABA adviser to the Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws that prepared the 1995 version of Article 5. From 1988 to 1995, he served as a member of the Study Group on Trade Documentation of the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Private International Trade Law. He is a member of the American Law Institute and from 1990 to 1995 he was adviser to the Restatement of Suretyship project.

Professor Dolan has co-authored several textbooks and law journal articles. He was a member of the board of editors and an officer of the University of Illinois Law Forum (now University of Illinois Law Review). He also served on the board of editors of Letter of Credit Update from 1985-1987. He is a member of the editorial board of the Banking Law Journal and the Journal of Payment Systems Law, and is a foreign contributing editor to the Banking & Finance Law Review (Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto).

Professor Dolan graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1965, clerked for the United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Illinois upon graduation, and then practiced law full time for 10 years before he entered law teaching.

Wayne State University Law School has served Michigan and beyond since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized faculty, Wayne State Law School students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

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