Prof. Carl Bjerre Named UCC Treatise Editor

May 22, 2017

Carl S. Bjerre has been named General Editor of the Hawkland Uniform Commercial Code Series. The Hawkland Series, a longstanding treatise now spanning approximately 14 active volumes, is a mainstay of law firm and law school libraries nationwide and is easily one of the most authoritative and comprehensive sources of UCC analysis.

The treatise was initially authored by the late William D. Hawkland, a widely admired commercial law professor and a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the UCC, known as the “P.E.B.” Over the years, additional authors joined the treatise, and Professor Hawkland was succeeded as editor by Professor Frederick H. Miller, who served as President of the Uniform Law Commission and remains a member of the P.E.B. Now that Miller is retiring, he has handed the proverbial baton to Bjerre – also a member of the P.E.B. – as only the third editor in the work’s 35-year history.

“It has been a privilege and a pleasure working with Fred on such a comprehensive project,” said Bjerre, who began contributing to the Hawkland Series volumes on Secured Transactions and Investment Securities while Miller was still General Editor. Bjerre continued, "I am looking forward to working with the esteemed experts whose authorship keeps this large work at such a high level.” The treatise currently includes roughly nine authors from academia and private practice, with a publishing staff at Thomson-Reuters that Bjerre calls “first-rate.” 

At Oregon Law, Bjerre is the Kaapcke Professor of Business Law, where he teaches basic and advanced courses on the UCC as well as first-year Contracts. He joined the faculty after several years in private practice with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City.