Curtis Bridgeman is a Professor of Law and Roderick and Carol Wendt Chair in Business Law. He served as the Dean at the College of Law from 2013-2020 and teaches Contracts to first-year law students.
After spending two years in the US Army, Dean Bridgeman attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned both a doctorate in philosophy and his JD. Following graduation, Bridgeman clerked for Judge Gilbert Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville, Tenn. In 2004, Bridgeman joined the faculty at Florida State University School of Law, where he received the University Graduate Teaching Award in 2009 and where law students selected him three times as “Professor of the Year.” From 2011-13, he was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at FSU.
A leading scholar in the field of contracts and commercial law, Bridgeman has published numerous journal articles in leading law reviews, and he's been an invited speaker at law schools around the globe.
- JD, Vanderbilt University
- PhD (Philosophy), Vanderbilt University
- MA, Vanderbilt University
- BA, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Chapters of Books or Articles Within Books
- "Are Mortgage Contracts Promises?" in Transatlantic Perspectives on Contract Law. (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Law Review Articles and Essays
- "Do Promises Distinguish Contract from Tort?" in 45 Suffolk University Law Review 873 (with Goldberg) (2012).
- "Civil Recourse or Civil Powers?" in 39 Florida State University Law Review 1 (2011).
- "The Morality of Jingle Mail: Moral Myths About Strategic Default" in 46 Wake Forest Law Review 123 (2011).
- "Bullshit Promises" in 76 Tennesee Law Review 379 (with Sandrik) (2009).
- "Contracts as Plans" in 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 341 (2009).
- "Why Contracts Scholars Should Read Legal Philosophy: Formalism, Positivism, and the Specification of Rules in Contract Law" in 29 Cardozo Law Review 1443 (2008).
- "Reconciling Strict Liability and Corrective Justice in Contract Law" in 74 Fordham Law Review 3013 (2007).
- "Default Rules, Penalty Default Rules, and New Formalism" in 33 Florida State University Law Review 683 (2006).
- "Misrepresented Intent in the Context of Unequal Bargaining Power" in 2006 Michigan State Law Review 993 (2006).
- "Allegheny College Revisited: Cardozo, Consideration, and Formalism in Context" in 39 U.C. Davis Law Review 149 (2005).
- "Liberalism and Freedom from the Promise Theory of Contract" in 67 Modern Law Review 684 (2004).
- "Corrective Justice in Contract Law: Is There a Case for Punitive Damages?" in 56 Vanderbilt Law Review 237 (2003).