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Richard M. Hynes

Unit: School of Law
Department: School of Law
Office location and address
580 Massie Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
J.D. University of Chicago Law School 1997
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 1998
B.S.F.S. Georgetown University 1990

An expert in consumer finance and law and economics, Rich Hynes teaches Bankruptcy, Contracts, Corporate Finance, and Secured Transactions at Virginia.

Hynes received his B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Chicago. He was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, he practiced law with Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Los Angeles. He joined the faculty at the William and Mary School of Law in 2000, and he joined the Virginia faculty in 2007 after visiting during the 2006-07 academic year.

LAW 6002: Contracts
Credits: 4
This course examines the legal obligations that attach to promises made in a business contract or otherwise, including the remedies that may be available for promises that are not kept. The course examines the legal requirements for enforceable contracts, including consideration, consent and conditions, and the effect of fraud, mistake, unconscionability, and impossibility.
LAW 6006: Property
Credits: 4
The course is a general introduction to property concepts and different types of property interests, particularly real property. The course surveys present and future estates in land, ownership and concurrent ownership. Leasehold interests, gifts and bequests, covenants and servitudes, conveyancing, various land use restrictions, eminent domain, and intellectual and personal property issues are also considered.
LAW 6101: Corporate Finance
Credits: 2
This course is the second half of the combined four-credit Accounting/Corporate Finance course. The central theme is understanding the sources of value for the firm from the perspective of the manager who must make financing choices (sources of funds) and investment choices (uses of funds) to maximize the value of the firm.
LAW 7082: Secured Transactions
Credits: 3
This course covers the essential provisions and structure of Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The law of secured transactions facilitates the taking of security interests by creditors to secure loans they make to debtors. The course aims to provide students with knowledge of the Code sufficient to enable them to structure secured transactions and litigate secured claims successfully.
LAW 7782: Wildlife Law (SC)
Credits: 1
This short course will examine selected topics in wildlife law with an emphasis on those laws that regulate the access and taking of wild animals. Likely topics include: differences between wild and domestic animals, hunting on private and public land, inland fisheries, state game laws, the rights of indigenous people, wildlife federalism, and the rule of capture.
LAW 7807: Gun Legislation and the Second Amendment (SC)
Credits: 1
Gun regulation and the constitutional rights to keep and bear arms secured by the Second Amendment are topics of extraordinary political and legal controversy in current American society. This course will provide an introduction into these areas of controversy with a strong emphasis on data, facts, and legal doctrine.
LAW 8002: Bankruptcy (Law & Business)
Credits: 3
This course concerns corporate bankruptcy and reorganization, and focuses on the reorganization of financially distressed firms under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. The emphasis of the readings and class discussion is less on bankruptcy case law and more on the economic fundamentals of financial deal-making and restructuring. Mutually Exclusive with LAW 7007 Bankruptcy. Prerequisite: Enrollment not allowed in LAW 7007 or 8002 if either taken previously.
LAW 8811: Independent Research
Credits: 1
This course is a semester-long independent research project resulting in a substantial research paper supervised and graded by a selected law school faculty member.
LAW 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 15
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.