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Vinson & Elkins Distinguished Teaching Fellow and Professor of Law

Email: rranders@mail.smu.edu

Phone: 214-768-3279

B.A. 1966 Texas Christian University
J.D. 1969 Southern Methodist University
LL.M. 1975 Yale University

Professor Anderson, a former notes and comments editor of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, has served at SMU School of Law as executive director of the criminal justice program and as assistant dean and associate dean.  He teaches in the areas of contracts, commercial law, and damages.  He served for many years as the adviser for the SMU Law Review and for the moot court program. He is the author of numerous law journal articles, a two-volume treatise entitled Damages Under the Uniform Commercial Code (2d ed. 2003), and co-author of Anderson, Bartlett & East’s Texas Uniform Commercial Code Annotated(2002).  He is also co-author of the three volumes of the Texas Litigation Guide dealing with commercial litigation. Professor Anderson is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute and a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.  From 1990-2000 he was a commentator for the ABA Task Force of advisors to the UCC Article 2 Drafting Committee and a member of the ALI Consultative Group for the UCC Article 2 Drafting Committee.

Professor Anderson’s recent article, “The Wolf at the Campfire: Understanding Confidential Relationships,” won the Texas Bar Foundation’s award for the outstanding law review article for 2000.

Professor Anderson regularly teaches Contracts I & II, Sales, and Commercial Remedies.

Primary Articles

OF HIDDEN AGENDA, NAKED EMPERORS, AND A FEW GOOD SOLDIERS: THE CONFERENCE’S BREACH OF PROMISE... REGARDING ARTICLE 2 DAMAGE REMEDIES, 54 SMU Law Review 795 (2001), portions reprinted in Mootz, Frisch & Alces, Commercial Contracting: Sales, Leases and Computer Information (Lexis Nexis 2004)

THE WOLF AT THE CAMPFIRE: UNDERSTANDING CONFIDENTIAL RELATIONSHIPS, 53 SMU Law Review 315 (2000) (Selected by the Texas Bar Foundation for the award for the outstanding Texas law review article published in the year 2000)

HEY WALTER: DO CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS NOT OWE FIDUCIARY DUTIES TO GUILTY CLIENTS?, 52 SMU Law Review 661-681 (1999) and 64 Journal of Air Law & Commerce 607 (1999)


MEASURING PRODUCERS’ FORWARD DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF LONG-TERM GAS SUPPLY CONTRACTS, 16 Eastern Mineral Law Institute Annual, Chapter 14, at 475 (1997).


R. Anderson, DAMAGES UNDER THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE (Thomson West) (2d ed. 2003).

R. Anderson, DAMAGES UNDER THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE (Thomson West) (Annual Supplement 2004).

R. Anderson, DAMAGES UNDER THE UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE (Callaghan 1988 Supps. 1989-2002).

Anderson, Barlett & East, TEXAS UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE ANNOTATED (Thomson West 2004 Revision).

Anderson, Bartlett & East, TEXAS UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE ANNOTATED (Thompson West 2003)


Speaker, Panel Moderator, Panelist, “The Continuing Relevance of Hadley v. Baxendale as Trial Court Law,” Conference in Gloucester, England, June 6-8, 2004, “The Common Law of Contracts as a World Force in Two Ages of Revolution.”

Speaker, Conference for Bankruptcy Judges, SMU Dedman School of Law, September 2003: “The Revision Process for UCC Article 2.”

Presenter, “Sources for Codifying Commercial Law,” presented to a delegation from Oman, Rule of Law Forum, May, 2004.


Primary Drafter, Legislative Bill Analysis for U.C.C. Revised Articles 2 and 2A for State Bar of Texas U.C.C. Subcommittee. (2004).

Primary Drafter, Legislative Bill Analysis for U.C.C. Revised Article 1 for State Bar of Texas U.C.C. Subcommittee. Presented to Texas Legislature, fall 2003.

MY FRIEND FLITTIE, 54 SMU Law Review 1395 (2002).

THE DAMAGE PROVISIONS OF REVISED ARTICLE 2: IMPROVED VINTAGE IN A NEW DECANTER, Proceedings of the 1999 Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association.