William Reynolds

Jacob A. France Professor Emeritus of Judicial Process

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  • BA, 1967, Dartmouth College
  • JD, 1970, Harvard University

William Reynolds, the Jacob A. France Professor of Judicial Process Emeritus, is a widely-published authority on conflict of laws and appellate courts.  He has written five books and many law review articles, including papers in the Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, and Texas Law Reviews.  Professor Reynolds writes in a wide range of areas, including appellate courts, conflict of laws, legal process, and legal history.

Professor Reynolds was educated at Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and then clerked for Judge Frank Kaufman (D. Md.).  He joined the Maryland faculty in 1971, and he has also visited at the Brooklyn, Southern Methodist, and West Virginia Law Schools.  Professor Reynolds became Emeritus in 2014. He was voted Teacher of the Year in 2011 by the Student Bar Association.  He has taught many courses; among them are Antitrust, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Legal Process. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American and Maryland Bar Foundations.  Professor Reynolds has chaired the Conflicts Section of the American Association of Law Schools.  For many years, he has been Of Counsel to several law firms, primarily practicing appellate litigation.

Professor Reynolds has long been active in child support enforcement.  He has spoken at many state, regional, and national child support conferences on topics as diverse as legal ethics for child support attorneys and paternity disestablishment.  In 2004, Professor Reynolds was honored by the National Child Support Enforcement Association with its Public Service Award.  He was also long active in the Maryland Judicial Institute as both a Board Member and as a speaker.


Injustice on Appeal: The United States Courts of Appeals in Crisis (2013) (with William Richman). Abstract

Understanding Conflict of Laws (4th ed. 2013) (with William M. Richman). Abstract

The Full Faith and Credit Clause (2005) (with William Richman).

Cases and Materials on Conflict of Laws (1990 & 2d ed. 2003) (with others).

Judicial Process in a Nutshell (3d ed. 2002).

Understanding Conflict of Laws (3d ed. 2002) (with William Richman).

Book Chapters

The Continued Importance of the Maryland Declaration of Rights, in Sense of the People: Proceedings on the Maryland Constitution of 1867 (1990). Abstract


The Maryland Law Review at Seventy-Five, 75 Maryland Law Review 1190 (2016). Abstract

The New Territorialism in the Not-So-New Frontier of Cyberspace, 99 Cornell Law Review 1415 (2014) (with Juliet M. Moringiello). Abstract

The Supreme Court, CAFA, and Parens Patriae Actions: Will it be Principles or Biases?, 92 North Carolina Law Review Addendum 1 (2013) (with Donald G. Gifford). Abstract

From Lord Coke to Internet Privacy: The Past, Present, and Future of Electronic Contracting, 72 Maryland Law Review 452 (2013) (with Juliet M. Moringiello). Abstract

A Case Study in the Superiority of the Purposive Approach to Statutory Interpretation: Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, 64 South Carolina Law Review 221 (2012) (with Donald Gifford and Andrew M. Murad). Abstract

Back to the Future in Law Schools, 70 Maryland Law Review 451 (2011). Abstract

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Electronic Contracting Cases 2009-2010, 66 Business Lawyer 175 (2010) (with Juliet Moringiello). Abstract

What's Software Got To Do With It? The ALI Principles of the Law of Software Contracting, 84 Tulane Law Review 1541 (2010) (with Juliet M. Moringiello). Abstract

Electronic Contracting Cases 2008-2009, 65 Business Lawyer 317 (2009) (with Juliet Moringiello). Abstract

Maryland and the Constitution of the United States: An Introductory Essay, 66 Maryland Law Review 923 (2007). Abstract

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Electronic Contracting Cases 2006-2007, 63 Business Lawyer 219 (2007) (with Juliet M. Moringiello). Abstract

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Electronic Contracting Cases 2005-2006, 62 Business Lawyer 195 (2006) (with Juliet M. Moringiello). Abstract

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Internet Contracting Cases 2004-2005, 61 Business Lawyer 433 (2005) (with Juliet M. Moringiello). Abstract

Foreword: The Legal History of the Great Sit-In Case of Bell v. Maryland, 61 Maryland Law Review 761 (2002). Abstract

Prologomenon to an Empirical Restatement of Conflicts, 75 Indiana Law Review 417 (2000) (with William Richman). Abstract

Robert Leflar, Legal Process, and Choice of Law, 52 Arkansas Law Review 123 (1999) (with William Richman). Abstract

What Happens When Parties Fail to Prove Foreign Law?, 48 Mercer Law Review 775 (1997). Abstract

Legal Process and Choice of Law, 56 Maryland Law Review 1371 (1997) Abstract

Rules, Sanctions, and Enforcement Under Section 301: At Odds With the WTO?, 90 American Journal of International Law 576 (1996) (with A. Lynne Puckett).

Elitism, Expediency, and the New Certiorari: Requiem for Equality, Justice, and the Learned Hand Tradition, 81 Cornell Law Review 273 (1996) (with William Richman). Abstract

Studying Deck Chairs on the Titanic, 81 Cornell Law Review 1290 (1996) (with William Richman). Abstract

Why Teach International Family Law in Conflicts, 28 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 411 (1995). Abstract

Legal Process and the Past of Antitrust, 48 S.M.U. Law Review 1811 (1995) (with Spencer Waller). Abstract

The Straight-Line Method of Determining Personal Jurisdiction, 44 Journal of Legal Education 130 (1994) (with John Brumbaugh). Abstract

The Iron Law of Full Faith and Credit, 53 Maryland Law Review 412 (1994). Abstract

A Practical Guide to Statutory Interpretation Today, 94 West Virginia Law Review 927 (1992).

The Proper Forum for a Suit: Transnational Forum Non Conveniens and Counter-Suit Injunctions in the Federal Courts, 70 Texas Law Review 1663 (1992). Abstract

A Half Century of the Maryland Law Review, 50 Maryland Law Review 247 (1991). Abstract

A Conflicts Overview, in Interstate Child Support Problems (M. Haynes & D. Dodson eds. 1990).

Luther Martin, Maryland, and the Constitution, 47 Maryland Law Review 291 (1988). Abstract

A Dissent on Joint Custody, 47 Maryland Law Review 497 (1988) (with Jana Singer). Abstract

Appellate Justice, Bureaucracy, and Scholarship, 21 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 623 (1988). Abstract

Publication in the Ohio Appellate Courts, 46 Ohio State Law Journal 243 (1985) (with William Richman).

Equal Divisions in The Supreme Court: History, Problems, and Proposals, 62 North Carolina Law Review 29 (1984) (with Gordon Young). Abstract

An Evaluation of Limited Publication in the United States Courts of Appeals: The Price of Reform, 48 University of Chicago Law Review 547 (1981) (with William Richman) (reprinted by the Federal Judicial Center). Abstract

Limited Publication in the Fourth and Sixth Circuits, 1979 Duke Law Journal 807 (with William Richman). Abstract

The Maryland Court of Appeals: Roles, Work, and Performance, (pts. 1-2) 37 Maryland Law Review 1 (1977), 38 Maryland Law Review 148 (1978).

The Non-Precedential Precedent - Limited Publication and No-Citation Rules in the United States Courts of Appeals, 78 Columbia Law Review 1167 (1978) (with William Richman). Abstract

A Practitioner's Guide to the Maryland Antitrust Act, 36 Maryland Law Review 323 (1976) (with James Wright). Abstract

Juridical Cripples: Plurality Opinions in the Supreme Court, 1974 Duke Law Journal 58 (with John Davis). Abstract