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Shawn Bayern
Shawn Bayern is an assistant professor at the Florida State University College of Law. He has taught at Duke and Berkeley.

He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in May 2006. There, he was editor-in-chief of the California Law Review and received the Thelen Marrin Prize for Academic Achievement, given annually at graduation to the student with the strongest academic record.

Before his legal career, Professor Bayern worked in computing research. He developed the Central Authentication Service, a software framework for computer security that has been adopted by many universities. He also served on "expert groups" responsible for developing programming languages like JSP and JSTL, and he wrote several books and articles related to computer programming.

Professor Bayern's research focuses on common-law issues, primarily in contracts, torts, and corporate law. He has recently written articles criticizing formalism and economic simplifications of the law.

Entries by Shawn Bayern

Google Deserves More Cynicism

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 1:40 PM

As someone who teaches corporate law, I'm always surprised by how much people seem to trust corporate marketing.

Take a new brand-recognition drive by Google. They've drafted 20,000 schools to participate in a contest in which kids draw their own versions of the Google logo. The contest required that...

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Why I Don't Blog. (Yes, I Recognize the Irony of Posting This on a Blog.)

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 4:05 PM

A friend recently asked me why I don't write a blog with running commentary on law or politics, and after I got past the obvious and admittedly unfair answer ("I'm not a narcissistic self-promoter"), I came up with a different reason: as far as most readers of legal and political...

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Toward Nonprofit Financial Services

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 1:42 PM

Bankers are not popular right now. I have friends who have taken to calling them "banksters," a term that apparently dates back to the Great Depression and now gets almost 300,000 hits on Google. Even a con man on the British TV series Hustle suggested that the collective noun for...

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Time for a New Antitrust?

(10) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 2:39 PM

This piece was co-written with Shawn Bayern, visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Duke University. Professor Bayern teaches business associations.

We now have an economy that we don't understand and can't seem to control even when we want to. Having created corporations, we have let some of them become "too...

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