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Elizabeth Schiltz

Co-Director of the Murphy Institute, Professor of Law, and Thomas J. Abood Research Scholar
J.D., Columbia Law School
B.A., Yale University
MSL 453
(651) 962-4922
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Minneapolis, MN 55403

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Elizabeth R. Schiltz graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received her juris doctor from Columbia Law School, where she served on the Columbia Law Review. After law school, she spent a year in Germany as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow. Schiltz was in private practice for nine years with law firms in Washington, D.C. (Morrison & Foerster) and Minneapolis, Minn. (Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly and Faegre & Benson), focusing on banking regulation, general corporate law and international law. Most recently, she practiced banking law at Faegre & Benson, Minnesota 's second largest law firm, where, among many other things, she assisted Dayton Hudson Corporation, Fingerhut Companies, Carson Pirie Scott, and other major retailers in obtaining charters for their credit card banks.

Schiltz was a member of the faculty of Notre Dame Law School from 1996 through 2000. She teaches classes in contracts, commercial law, and banking regulation. Her research interests include the relationship of federal and state law in regulating consumer credit, disability and consumer law theory, and feminist legal theory.  Schiltz received the law school's Mission Award for Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform in 2012 and 2017, the 2007 Dean's Award for Outstanding Scholarship and was elected Professor of the Year by the graduating class of 2007. In 2014, she was recognized with the Good Sister Award by St. Thomas' University Advocates for Women and Equity.

Schiltz is co-director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy and serves on the boards of directors of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability and L'Arche USA. She is also a contributor to the Catholic legal theory blog Mirror of Justice. Schiltz is a 1998 graduate of the Partners in Policymaking Academy, a nationwide, state-based training program in disability advocacy.

Selected Publications


Learning Sales Law, with Carol Chomsky, Jennifer Martin, and Christina Kunz (West Academic Publishing, 2016)

Marie Failinger, Susan Stabile & Elizabeth R. Schiltz, Eds., Feminism, Law and Religion in Gender in Law, Culture and Society Series (Ashgate Press, 2013). [Read Aviva Richman's review here.]


Elizabeth R. Schiltz, Finding Common Ground in the Disability Rights Critiques of Selective Abortions in Search of Common Ground on Abortion (Meredith Esser, Justin Murray, and Robin West, eds, Ashgate Press, 2014)


The Ties that Bind Idiots and Infamous Criminals: Disenfranchisement of Persons with Cognitive Impairments, (invited contribution to symposium on The ADA at 25: The Continued Inequality of Americans with Disabilities, 13 U of St. Thomas L. J. 1 (2016)

Exposing the Cracks in the Foundations of Disability Law, 75 J. L & CONTEMP. PROB. 23 (2012) (invited contribution to symposium on Theological Argument in Law: Engaging Stanley Hauerwas)

The Paradox of the Global and the Local in the Financial Crisis of 2008: Applying the Lessons of Caritas in Veritate to the Regulation of Consumer Credit in the United States and the European Union, 26 J. OF LAW & RELIGION 173 (2010) (peer-reviewed journal; invited contribution to symposium on The Global Economic Crisis, Law and the Religious Traditions)  

Damming Watters: Channeling the Power of Federal Preemption of State Consumer Banking Laws, 35 FLA. ST. U. L. REV. 893 (2008)

West, MacIntyre and Wojtyła: Pope John Paul II’s Contribution to the Development of a Dependency-Based Theory of Justice, 45 J. OF CATH. L STUDIES 369 (2007) (invited contribution to symposium on The Jurisprudential Legacy of Pope John Paul II)

The Amazing, Elastic, Ever-Expanding Exportation Doctrine and its Effect on Predatory Lending Regulation, 88 MINN. L. REV. 518 (2004)

Elizabeth Schiltz Curriculum Vitae

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 610 - 02 Contracts M - W - F - - 1330 - 1445 MSL 321
CRN: 43287 Instructor: Elizabeth R. Schiltz This course will examine the fundamental principles governing the enforcement of promises in the legal system. Students will explore topics such as the formation of con- tracts, excuses for performance of contractual obligations, breach of contracts, remedies for breach and the rights of third parties. In the context of contract law, students will develop their analytical skills using the common law, as well as statutory (e.g. the Uniform Commercial Code) and secondary (e.g., the Restatement (Second) of Contracts) authorities.

Schedule Details

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LAWS 852 - 01 Sales M - W - - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 334
CRN: 43161 Instructor: Elizabeth R. Schiltz This course will cover the law governing contracts for the sale of goods under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Topics will include contract formation, including the statute of frauds and the parole evidence rule; express and implied warranties; the mechanics of performance, including transfer of title and tender; and remedies for breach of contract.

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LAWS 930 - 12 Mentor Externship See Details * *
CRN: 43203 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth R. Schiltz Each year of law study, students are paired with respected lawyers and judges in the community. Mentors introduce students to a wide range of lawyering tasks and judicial activities and share with them the traditions, ideals and skills necessary for a successful career. Second and third year students participate in an academic credit pro- gram that combines fieldwork with a contemporaneous seminar component. The seminar fosters the habit and skill of reflective lawyering and draws upon student/ mentor experiences to examine the law school's mission in a practical setting. Class topics are designed to bridge the gap between student learning and life as a lawyer. Each student is given the opportunity to individualize learning goals specific to his or her unique path of professional development.

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MSL 3001230-132501 Sep '17
MSL 3001230-132506 Oct '17
MSL 3001230-132510 Nov '17
LAWS 950 - 21 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43237 Instructor: Elizabeth R. Schiltz Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

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Spring 2018 Courses

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