Faculty

David A. Friedman

David A. Friedman

Associate Professor of Law

  • J.D. Yale University
  • B.A. Yale College, cum laude, with distinction in economics

Curriculum Vitae

Professor David A. Friedman teaches contracts, commercial law, business law, and dispute resolution. He joined the Willamette law faculty in 2008 and has served as Director of the College of Law's Certificate Program in Law and Business.  Professor Friedman publishes in the areas of behavioral economics, contract theory, consumer law, and public health.  Willamette law students have selected him as Outstanding Professor of the Year several times. He received the university’s Jerry F. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Friedman was a visiting assistant professor in the Willamette Clinical Law Program.  Before arriving at Willamette, Professor Friedman was a management consultant for Monitor Group, a global strategy consultancy founded by professors from Harvard Business School.

Professor Friedman has served as the Secretary of his Yale College class, on the executive committee of Yale Law School Association and is active with the alumni schools committee of the Yale Alumni Association of Oregon.

He is a member of the Oregon and New York state bars.

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Publications

  • Public Health and the Limits of Paternalism, 46 Conn. L. Rev._(solicited lead article for Commentary issue) (forthcoming 2014).
  • Micropaternalism, 88 Tulane L. Rev. 75 (2013).
  • Explaining "Bait-and-Switch" Regulation, 4 Wm. & Mary Bus. L. Rev. 575 (2013).
  • Bringing Order to Contracts Against Public Policy, 39 Fla. St. U.L. Rev. 563 (2012).
  • Debiasing Advertising: Balancing Risk, Hope and Social Welfare, 19 J.L. & Pol'y 539 (2011).
  • Free Offers: A New Look, 38 New Mexico L. Rev. 49 (2008).
  • Reinventing Consumer Protection, 57 DePaul L. Rev. 45 (2007).
  • The Administrative and Compliance Cost of Manual Highway Toll Collection: Evidence from Massachusetts and New Jersey (with Joel Waldfogel) 48 National Tax Journal, 217-28 (June 1995).

Other Writings

  • Quintin Johnstone Bridges the Ages, Willamette Lawyer (Spring 2010).
  • Op-Ed, For Whom the Bridge Tolls? Hopefully, Nobody, Oregonian (Dec. 14, 2009).
  • Op-Ed, Don't Panic Over Beer Giant's Future, Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (July 29, 2008).